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    Are you intrigued by the German language? Fascinated by the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm? Or perhaps you want to study a foreign language, but French and Spanish don’t interest you? German literature, philosophy and culture are some of the most influential in world history, and if you’re excited to learn a new language and see a different part of the world, then a German major may be just what you’re looking for.

    German majors study intensely the German language and read the classics of German literature. They become intimately familiar with writers such as Nietzsche, Gunter Grass, and Franz Kafka. But German majors study more than literature, they take courses in German history, philosophy, religion, and classes studying the rise and fall of the Third Reich.

    Travel to Germany is often considered invaluable to German majors, and you may find yourself living in Germany for at least one quarter or semester.

    Important classes in high school include as many German courses as possible, as well as AP English, Western history and civilization, WWII studies, and current world problems.

    German majors often find work in academia as teachers or college professors, but also in the fields of publishing, journalism, and interpretation. Many German majors combine their degree with minors in other fields, such as business or music, giving themselves greater career opportunities.

    • Cornell University

      Cornell University Save

      300 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
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      Cornell University, a private, land-grant research university in the Ivy League, is located in the Finger Lakes region of New York. It boasts seven undergraduate colleges (not to mention campuses in New York City and Qatar and facilities in New ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Land Grant
    • Swarthmore College

      Swarthmore College Save

      500 College Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081
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      Quaker in heritage, suburban in setting, and serious about ideas, Swarthmore is a great liberal arts college for those truly interested in the life of the mind—engineers included. A 425-acre independently run arboretum frames the lovely campus, and white Adirondack ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Bowdoin College

      Bowdoin College Save

      5700 College Station - President's Office, Brunswick, ME 04011
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      The original SAT-optional college since 1969, Bowdoin has a proud Maine heritage that includes Gettysburg hero Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, who saved the Union line with a textbook maneuver after his troops ran out of ammunition, and one mid-19th century class ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Amherst College

      Amherst College Save

      Boltwood Avenue, Amherst, MA 01002
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      Amherst is to Williams as Yale is to Harvard—founded by those who felt the original college had lost its way. Ever since the so-called "Defectors of 1821" took books from the Williams library and moved east from the Berkshires into ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Williams College

      Williams College Save

      880 Main St, Williamstown, MA 01267
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      Since 1793, Williams has been a superb liberal arts college with a particularly strong program in fine arts that somehow all but retired the Sears Cup, given annually to the most successful Division III athletic program in the nation. Rural ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Tufts University

      Tufts University Save

      Medford, MA 02155
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      The largest in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), and more small university than true liberal arts college, Tufts is on a hill in sight of nearby Boston. Given the Fletcher (Graduate) School of Diplomacy, there is a ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Georgetown University

      Georgetown University Save

      37th and O St NW, Washington, DC 20057
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      Founded in 1789, and set above the Potomac in an historic neighborhood of Washington, DC, Georgetown is the first Jesuit institution in North America. Signer of the Declaration of Independence John Carroll sits in front of Healy Hall, behind which ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • University of Notre Dame

      University of Notre Dame Save

      400 Main Building, Notre Dame, IN 46556
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      Catholic priests were on their way to found a college in California when they came upon a lake in Indiana, prayed, and decided Notre Dame had her home. Its Golden Dome has been famous since Knute Rockne's football triumphs of ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Johns Hopkins University

      Johns Hopkins University Save

      3400 N Charles St, Mason Hall, Baltimore, MD 21218
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      Originally founded as a research university for graduate students, Johns Hopkins backed into undergraduate education in a way different from most elite institutions. More serious of mind than its Ivy League rivals, Hopkins hosts plays at the Division I level ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of California-Berkeley

      University of California-Berkeley Save

      200 California Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
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      The University of California was once the envy of all interested in low-cost, high-quality public higher education. The reputation of Berkeley may have reached its zenith before the Vietnam-era campus protests that associated "Berzerkley" with nearby "People's Park," and the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Land Grant
    • Haverford College

      Haverford College Save

      370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041
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      "With its tradition of excellence in the liberal arts, Haverford College demands intense study from its 1100 or so students. Under Haverford's Honor Code, "all examinations are self-scheduled and unproctored" and 'Ford students participate in most academic committees and have ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Middlebury College

      Middlebury College Save

      Old Chapel, Middlebury, VT 05753
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      On a stunning western Vermont campus that is like Williams in rural setting and Conn College in architectural stone, Middlebury is a great college for the smart, outdoorsy, and linguistically talented. Never an easy place to gain admission, Middlebury has ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees

    Facts About Colleges with German Language And Literature Majors

    • There are 390 German Language and Literature Colleges.

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