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German: Languages, Literatures and Cultures, B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Multilingual students with cultural awareness have an edge in today's world. Pursue a degree in German and become more marketable in any number of careers at home or abroad, especially with more than 200 German companies located in South Carolina.

Whether you're pursuing global career opportunities or building on your passion for language and culture, studying German gives you valuable practical and analytical skills. A background in German benefits those pursuing primary studies or future graduate work in comparative literature, economics, Germanic studies, international business, international law, linguistics or political science.

Program Highlights

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    Study Abroad

    Take on a one-year or one-semester exchange with the University of Bamberg, the summer program in Wittenberg and more opportunities.

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    Support for Awards

    Prepare for Fulbright and other fellowship opportunities in which many German language students participate.

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    Stand-out Skills

    Gain German proficiency and cultural knowledge, an advantage for jobs in one of South Carolina's 200 German companies.

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    Teach Language

    Add the foreign language education minor to your German concentration to gain language teaching skills.

What You’ll Study

Build many transferable skills such as global awareness, cross-cultural literacy and the ability to work with diverse groups. Read works from some of the world’s great philosophers, poets, composers, political thinkers, scientists and theologians in the original German. Study the language, literatures and cultures of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs


    Handling sensitive or delicate situations with tact, sensitivity and professionalism


    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students

  • Foreign Language Skills

    Communicating effectively to understand different cultures and foster global connections

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

    Historical Understanding

    Studying past events, analyzing their context and comprehending their significance and impact

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Business Executive
  • Foreign Service Agent
  • Government Worker
  • Teacher
  • Translator

Workplace Settings

  • Business
  • Government
  • Education
  • Travel
  • Hospitality
  • STEM

If you want a truly rewarding experience at USC, you've found the right path. During my one-year study abroad in Bamberg, Germany, I made lifelong friends, developed my abilities in the German language and had exposure to a variety of different cultures.

Noah Brandon
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Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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