German & German Studies

Bachelor of Arts


The German & German Studies programs provide students with a comprehensive look at the rich language, history, politics and culture of Germany and combines robust work on campus with a strong encouragement and emphasis on living and learning where the language is principally spoken.

Did You Know?

  • In recent, approximately 75% of graduating majors have studied in Germany or at Flow House, the facility that Wake Forest owns and operates in Vienna.
  • In all, 18 Wake Forest graduates declaring a major in German have earned the Fulbright Scholarship. Only Politics (32) accounts for more.


Sample courses for students studying German & German Studies include:

  • German Conversation
  • German for Professional Purposes
  • German-Jewish Literature and Culture
  • Myth and National Identity Formation

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Practical Experience & Skills

Majoring in a foreign language provides you with many of the skills in which employers are interested, although securing a job that uses your foreign language skills can be challenging. With the exception of positions in translating, interpreting or teaching, in most cases at the entry level your language fluency is seen as a secondary skill, an asset.

One option many foreign language students pursue is taking a semester to study abroad in a foreign speaking country. This will give you not only a better handle of the language, but if you are intentional with your time abroad a number of future job connections. Other possibilities to get your feet wet are available with international volunteer organizations that require translators in the field. On the local level, Wake Forest has connections with volunteer clinics and community centers in need of interpreters.

Students in this program will develop the following skills:

  • Translating ideas/languages
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Perception of word patterns and structures
  • Analyzing content
  • Gathering information
  • Summarizing
  • Comparing ideas/translations
  • Memorizing
  • Project development and follow through
  • Attention to detail
  • Understanding other cultures

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Clubs & Organizations

German & German Studies students participate in the following clubs and organizations:

Career Outcomes

Careers that often interest German & German Studies majors include:

  • Editor/Proofreader
  • Educator
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Interpreter
  • Journalist
  • Language Engineer
  • Lexicographer
  • Librarian
  • Linguist
  • Missionary
  • Social worker
  • Technical writer
  • Translator

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