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Concentration in German and German Minor


World Languages offers a Concentration and Minor in German. See Degree Requirements for more information about the courses needed.

Why study German?

Find out what recent USF graduates are saying about learning German at USF here!
Read about opportunities in German(y) for science students here.

Learning how to communicate in German and studying the culture of German-speaking regions is interesting and fun. We have a great program here at USF with a variety of classes (language, film, literature, linguistics, and culture), a close-knit community of language learners and instructors, and frequent German-themed cultural events (e.g. Oktoberfest, Fasching, Stammtisch, etc.).

Studying German is an excellent choice that will advance your professional career after graduation. German is the most widely spoken native language in Europe and has over 100 Million native speakers around the world. It is the official language of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, and South Tyrol in Italy. German is also a minority language in Denmark, France, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. German as a foreign language is spoken by ca. 55 million Europeans. Around the world German is the third most taught foreign language.

Germany has been called "the land of poets and thinkers" ("Land der Dichter und Denker") - the German-speaking writers Elfriede Jelineck, Günter Grass, and Herta Müller are all recent Nobel Prize winners - but it is also known as "the land of inventors, tinkerers, and engineers" ("Land der Erfinder, Tüftler, und Ingenieure") . Germany is one of the world leaders in science and technology, as well as an economic powerhouse. Germany has the largest economy in the European Union and the third largest in the world. Germany is the largest trading partner of the US within the EU. There are plenty of career opportunities for German-speaking Americans with German companies. Over 250 German companies have operations throughout Florida. Almost 70 German companies are located right here in the Tampa Bay region, such as SAP, Bauer Foundation, Melitta, etc., making Germany Tampa Bay's third largest investor nation.

Due to the vibrant business relationship between Germany and Tampa Bay, the German American Chamber of Commerce just recently opened a chapter in Tampa.

Studying German is also fun. German and English both belong linguistically to the branch of Germanic languages and are therefore "sister languages" with similar vocabulary and grammatical structures. This makes it easier for an English native speaker to learn German.

Visit the Goethe Institute to find out more great reasons to learn German.