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Why study German?

Gain substantial intellectual benefits: You will learn a language spoken by more than 180 million people worldwide, and become able to study major works of Western literature, philosophy, and politics in the original language. Just think of key authors like Kafka, Brecht, Kant, Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud!

Profit from excellent academic mentoring: You will study in a department that cares about you. Classes are small yet lively and allow for close individual mentoring of students by our faculty.

Advance your career prospects: A B.A. in German is among the top ten majors for entering the current competitive job market and offers you better employment chances than a degree in many other fields. By studying German, you will acquire qualifications for a variety of different career paths, ranging from graduate studies in the humanities, social sciences, engineering, or law, to a career in international business or politics.

Increase your global competence: You will develop a critical awareness of both “things foreign” and your own native culture. This will help you to build skills for intercultural communication, which have become a key asset in a globalized world and in the global marketplace.

German-Related Cultural Resources in New York:

Goethe-Institut New York

Austrian Cultural Forum New York

Swiss Society of New York

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