Why Study German?
Here are just a few of the many reasons to study German and to pursue a Major or Minor:
- It is fun. Studying German will take you fantastic places.
- German Majors receive top incomes after graduation. German is one of the most lucrative majors for students in the Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences, including Psychology. The average starting salary in 2013-14 was $ 41,400. Learn more here.
- IU has one of the top German programs in the country. We tied for second place on the last graduate survey.
- Germany has the world's 4th largest economy and is the 3rd largest exporter. Switzerland boasts the highest wealth per adult in the world and eighth-highest per capita gross domestic product according to the IMF list.
- Germany is a global leader in environmentally friendly technology and sustainability. Germany produces more solar energy than any other country in the world.
- In terms of population and economy, Germany is the largest nation in the European Union. Being an expert on Germany opens many doors in Europe.
- Germany isn't the only country where German is spoken – don't forget Austria and Switzerland! Even in other countries, including Russia, German is a common language of business.
- After the USA, Germany is the second most popular migration destination in the world.
- Germany won the World Cup in 2014! What a team!
- Many American states, including Indiana, celebrate German heritage and in some of these states, people still speak unique varieties of German. Check out the Indiana German Heritage Society here.
- And of course: Nena's 99 Balloons!