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German

Why should you learn German?

  • More than 1,100 companies from German-speaking countries have subsidiaries in the U.S. There are over 200 German-based firms in Michigan alone.
  • 18% of books worldwide are written in German
  • Learning German helps students get better SAT and ACT scores. At the University of California, more majors require the study of German than other languages (German 56 majors, French 43 majors, Spanish 21 majors, Japanese 7 majors)
  • Among many academic programs requiring or recommending German are: anatomy, art, history, biochemistry, biology, biomedical physics, botany, chemistry, design, engineering, film studies, genetics, linguistics, logic and methodology of science, molecular biology, music near eastern studies, philosophy, physical science, physics, physiology, religious studies, zoology
  • German is a key language in the European Union and in the rapidly growing markets of Central and Eastern Europe
  • In a 1994 survey conducted by German-American Chambers of Commerce, 65% of all respondents stated they were looking specifically for German/English bilingual skills
  • German companies in the US pay the German-speaking employees premium salaries
  • Many people don't realize that German is the most widely spoken language in Europe (as a native language in seven countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Tyrol - Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium)

The Department of World Languages is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344