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German is the most widely-spoken first language in the European Union. It is spoken primarily in Germany, Austria, most of Luxembourg, part of Switzerland, and Lichtenstein.  It is also one of the three official languages of Belgium. 

In the College of Arts & Sciences, German is one of 12 foreign languages taught by faculty in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Faculty members specialize in language teaching, business German, German linguistics, studies in film, literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the current day, teaching methodology, and more.

The German major combines practice in reading, speaking, and writing about themes of general interest and about topics related to business and other professions.  In addition, students read and discuss important literary works and explore German cultural history.

Students are encouraged to participate in a Study Abroad experience while attending USC.  An intensive 4-week summer program in Wittenberg, Germany, is offered, as well as a one-year or one-semester exchange program with the University of Bamberg. There are also many opportunities for students majoring in German to practice their language skills, including a German Club and a German Film Series.

Successful completion of the German language program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in German.

Numerous career opportunities are open to German-speaking graduates, ranging from jobs in business, international law, and hospitality/tourism to teaching and translating.  Knowledge of German is also an excellent foundation for graduate study in German literature, comparative literature, linguistics, English as a foreign language, international business, law, and other fields.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Yvonne Ivory, Associate Professor and German Program Director, 803-777-2658,

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