Germanic Studies

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Germanic Studies?

As a Germanic Studies major, you'll explore areas such as 

  • culture,
  • business,
  • intellectual history, and
  • linguistics.

You'll develop the intercultural competence that is in demand in a wide variety of fields. You can choose from concentrations in:

  • German Studies,
  • German Business and Commercial Studies, or
  • Scandinavian Studies.

The major also offers a Teacher Education option that prepares graduates to teach German. You may also qualify for the five-year Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts degree program in German.

Career Options

  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • International Relations, Government
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • International Business, Finance
  • High School Teaching
  • University Teaching & Research

Post-Graduation Success1

88% employed or continuing education

60% employed after graduation

25% attending graduate school

3% volunteering

$42,419 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: U.S. House of Representatives, Textron, The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, John Marshall Law School View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

View All Review Criteria

Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.4 years to degree

95% first-year retention rate

61% four-year graduation rate

86% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770