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Through the German program, you will study German and Austrian culture, language and literature. German is the most widely spoken first language in the European Union, and German-speaking countries are among the most influential engines driving culture, business, and politics today. The ability to communicate in German will provide you with career opportunities around the world.

You’re encouraged to participate in DePaul’s Study Abroad program with two options: a long-term program in Vienna, and a short-term, human rights-oriented program in Berlin. Through these experiences you’ll grow linguistically and expand your cultural understanding of German-speaking societies.

The German program also has its own chapter of the German Honorary Society Delta Phi Alpha and is affiliated with the student-led DePaul Deutsch Club. Several students have been awarded prestigious grants and scholarships, including multiple Fulbright grants and Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange scholarships.

We also offer the 3+3 BA/JD program, which allows high-achieving first-year undergraduate students to be admitted simultaneously to the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) and the College of Law (LAW). You’ll complete your first three years in LAS and your final three years in LAW.


Sample Courses:

  • Berlin and the Golden Twenties
  • Coffeehouses and Culture in Turn of the Century Vienna
  • German Translation
  • Kafka and the Kafkaesque
  • Business German
  • New German Cinema
  • The German Novella
  • Voicing Migration: Turkish-German Music, Literature, and Film

Program Concentrations/Tracks:

  • Commercial German
  • German Language and Literature
  • German Studies
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Career Options

Common Career Areas:

  • Public policy
  • International business
  • Translation services
  • Research
  • Law
  • Immigration ​work
  • Education
  • Social services
  • Human rights


79 percent of 2017 German graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment after graduation.

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