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Germanic Studies

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What is Germanic Studies?

As a Germanic Studies major, you'll gain a solid foundation in German and Scandinavian languages. Through your coursework, you'll delve into areas like: 

  • Language use in literature
  • Contemporary culture
  • Business
  • Intellectual history
  • Science

You will learn key skills to better understand cultures through the languages you are studying. You can choose from concentrations in:

  • German Business and Commercial Studies
  • German Culture and Literature
  • German Linguistics
  • Scandinavian Studies

The major also offers a Teacher Education option that prepares graduates to teach German.

Career Options

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Hospitality
  • Teaching
  • Tourism

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

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

24 - 30 ACT score

1170 - 1450 SAT score

3.26 - 3.80 high school GPA

Graduation & Retention3

4.4 years to degree

95% freshman retention rate

61% four-year graduation rate

86% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872

International

  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246
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