The Value of Studying German

  • If you are planning for any profession or career that might involve the European context, German is an excellent language to learn. In Europe, more people speak German as their native language (approximately 100 million) than English, French, Italian, or Spanish. In Easter Europe, German ranks even before English as the major second language. Knowing German will greatly enhance your career opportunities in international business, Foreign Service, publishing and journalism, commerce and industry, teaching and scholarship and engineering. Germany lays a central role in the European Union, and is a major economic and political power. German has been and remains an international language in many disciplines, including philosophy, social sciences, physics, engineering, and medicine, music, and art history. Whatever you decide to major in, many important texts relevant to your field are to be found only in German. Knowing German most definitely improves job prospects, as well. Almost one thousand American companies do business with Germany, and over one thousand companies based in German-speaking countries have subsidiaries in the U.S. In all of these firms there is a need for workers with an understanding of both languages and of the differences between the two cultures. Knowledge of German not only helps one get a job, but often is a significant factor in advancement within a company. In a number of high-tech companies German is the language named as the foreign language they would most like job applicants to know. German is the language of many great thinkers, artists, and scientists. Whether studying philosophy, mathematics, music, history, theology, engineering, or literature these fields will be greatly enhanced by a knowledge of German.