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German Language, Literature, and Culture

Improve your German language skills and learn about the literature, cinema, art, and history that make up German culture.

Deepen your understanding of German culture through study abroad, fulfilling curricular requirements while living in a German city.

About the College of Arts and Sciences

The founding college of Syracuse University remains at the center of undergraduate learning. The College is divided into the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences, with the lattermost offered in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


Sample courses for German language, literature, and culture majors include:

  • Contemporary German Culture and Civilization
  • Berlin: City – Literature – History
  • German and Austrian Cinema
  • German Fairy Tales
  • German Lyrics and Ballads from the Earliest Period to the Present

View official major requirements.

Practical Experience

Seize opportunities for community volunteering and professional internships – on campus, off campus, or internationally. Academic counselors and faculty advisors will guide you in aligning your interests and academic path with opportunities for growth.

The College of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Innovative Learning (iLEARN) can help complement your traditional classroom and laboratory work with enhanced out-of-classroom learning experiences.

There are more than 350 student organizations at Syracuse University, including the German Cultural Society. Explore themes like art, culture, language, advocacy, government, religion, and service.

Study Abroad

Syracuse Abroad features more than 100 programs in 60 countries. You can choose semester, summer, short term, and yearlong options for international study.

German language, literature, and culture majors most often go abroad to the Syracuse University Strasbourg center and to our World Partner Programs Colgate Freiburg Study Group and FU-BEST Freie University Berlin.

Life After Syracuse University

As a College of Arts & Sciences graduate with a major in German language, literature, and culture, you can explore careers such as:

  • Business executive
  • Interpreter or translator
  • Communications specialist
  • International relations liaison
  • Linguist

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as education, business, linguistics, music, journalism, and more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.