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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.

    • Washington and Lee University

      Washington and Lee University Save

      204 West Washington Street, Lexington, VA 24450
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      In Confederate icon Stonewall Jackson's hometown, Washington College changed forever when General Robert E. Lee needed a job after the Civil War and became president in 1865. Initiating the Honor Code when a student tried to lie to him about ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of Southern California

      University of Southern California Save

      University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089
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      The oldest private research university in California, USC enrolls about 19,000 undergrads and 24,000 grad students in 22 different schools, colleges, and units, ranging from the traditional — accounting, public policy, business — to the brand-new — arts, technology, and ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Carleton College

      Carleton College Save

      One North College Street, Northfield, MN 55057
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      "The 1,900 or so students at Carleton College tell us their little liberal arts school in a small, snowy, mostly uneventful Minnesota town has very few negative attributes. They say Carleton "has the integrity, drive, and pride of any great ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of California-Los Angeles

      University of California-Los Angeles Save

      405 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90095
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      The distinguished Los Angeles campus of the University of California enrolls about 27,000 undergraduate students, and offers a wide range of programs including respected pre-med programs. The educational and extracurricular opportunities on campus are vast, but require student initiative, and ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Barnard College

      Barnard College Save

      3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
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      Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on its own campus, with its own faculty, library, dorms, dining hall and student center, Barnard is also part of Columbia University. Women fortunate enough to be accepted here thus have access ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of Virginia-Main Campus

      University of Virginia-Main Campus Save

      1827 University Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903
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      Founded and originally designed by statesman, scholar and architect Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia has the heritage and pedigree of the nation's finest private institutions, with the funding and admissions realities of a flagship public institution. Given that the ... learn more

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

      Davidson College Save

      405 N. Main Street, Davidson, NC 28036
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      "According to students on Davidson's beautiful, wooded campus, almost every conversation "either begins with or ends with a description of all the work we have to do and how no one will ever be able to get it done." Professors ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Religiously affiliated, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Wellesley College

      Wellesley College Save

      106 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02481
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      Inclined to send out posters featuring flowering trees and shrubs in front of elegant architecture, Wellesley is much more than beautiful, given its intellectual heritage. Alumna Hillary Rodham Clinton '69 turned in one draft as the college's first student commencement ... learn more

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

      Carnegie Mellon University Save

      5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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      "School, friends, food, sleep: Choose three. That's Carnegie Mellon," according to the "incredibly intelligent engineer types" and "flamboyant drama majors" at this "rigorous" school. Excellent programs include engineering, computer science, business, architecture, and a well-respected School of Drama with several ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Claremont McKenna College

      Claremont McKenna College Save

      500 E 9th St, Claremont, CA 91711
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      "If I had a personal talk with God about creating a great school, He would create CMC," says an obviously satisfied student at truly exceptional Claremont McKenna College in sunny Claremont, California. CMC - one of the five "Claremont Colleges" ... learn more

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

      Boston College Save

      140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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      A Jesuit institution on the far end of the mass transit "T" serving the Boston suburb of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is more university than college. Its enrollment, graduate programs, and commitment to Division I sports—including a colossal football stadium ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Tulane University of Louisiana

      Tulane University of Louisiana Save

      6823 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
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      Laissez les bon temps roulez, "Let the good times roll," is the motto of New Orleans, but Tulane offers more than Mardi Gras. Located across the St. Charles streetcar tracks from Audubon Park, the campus is expansive and, by virtue ... learn more

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

    Facts About Colleges with German Language And Literature Majors

    • There are 390 German Language and Literature Colleges.

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