Please visit the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures for more information about this major/concentration at the University of Virginia.
Concentrations: German Studies, Interdisciplinary
Field of Study: Language acquisition teaches one to think, analyze, communicate and increase cultural enrichment.
Post-Graduate Occupations of past German Majors
- Foreign News Correspondents
- Community Outreach Directors
- Social Workers
- Travel Agents
- International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
- Association of International Educators
- Council on International Educational Exchange
- American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
- Foreign Policy Association
- American Translators Association
- National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators
- National Council on Interpreting in Health Care
- International Federation of Translators
Build Your Resume
Don't forget to pursue opportunities outside of your schoolwork. Your major is one of many lenses you might use to look at possible careers. Explore UVA Career Center resources on internships, externships, part-time jobs, and extracurricular activities. Actively participating in these experiences can help clarify current goals and future interests, while building skills that employers want. Below are some ideas on how you can enhance your resume:
- Keep your language skills sharp. Aim for fluency, if possible.
- Study abroad in a German-speaking country to enhance your language skills and gain international/intercultural competency.
- Seek out opportunities to practice with other students or by consuming foreign media.
- Volunteer your language skills to local community organizations or schools that work with people who speak German.
- Participate in relevant summer programs and/or internships.
- If possible, gain international work or internship experience.
- Consider choosing an additional major or minor (such as business, education, or journalism) to supplement your foreign language skills.
- Join relevant student and professional organizations. Take on leadership roles.