German BS
German studies is an interdisciplinary academic subfield of the humanities concerned with the languages, literatures, arts, and politics of German-speaking communities in Europe and across the world (e.g., Pennsylvania Germans). In pursuing each of these areas, German studies intersects with the related fields of linguistics, literary studies, visual studies, and history, respectively.
Degree Types: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Minor

Degree Options

  • 3 B.S. options: Business, Engineering, or Applied German
  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Arts and Architecture
  • International Politics
  • Linguistics
  • Russian

About the Program

You might like this program if…

  • You are passionate about the language, literature, and arts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and other German-speaking regions.
  • You understand the critical role Germany plays in the European Union and the world today.
  • Your other major is in one of the numerous other fields in which knowledge of the German language and culture is advantageous, such as Comparative Literature, Philosophy, History, or Political Science.
  • You are considering an academic or professional career requiring knowledge of a foreign language and critical thinking skills.


  • German Culture and Civilization
  • The Holocaust in Film and Literature
  • German Film
  • German Business Communication
  • German Conversation and Composition

Out-of-Classroom Experiences

  • Ernst & Young
  • Penn State University Press
  • State College Area School District
  • IES Internships

Post-Graduation Opportunities

  • MBA
  • Graduate school to study European affairs, history, library and information science, public relations, digital marketing, and German studies
Business, Finance, Government, Management, Sales

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This program is housed 

in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures 
at Penn State University Park.
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