Marketable Skills

Develop translatable skills

Our degrees provide you with a set of skills and qualities that are relevant and transferable to many areas of study and work. These include:

  • Intercultural competence: The ability to discern substantial connections between cultures, question assumptions, and entertain multiple perspectives on cultures that are linguistically and historically distinct
  • Germanic language proficiency: Language proficiency at the B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages. B2 is upper intermediate for an independent language user who can produce clear texts in the target language, understand complex texts, and interact with native speakers without strain for either party
  • Linguistic knowledge: Knowledge of at least one aspect of the structure of Germanic language (phonology, morphology, syntax, history, social-historical linguistics)
  • Critical thinking: Capable of using interpretive, analytic, and argumentative critical thinking skills in order to understand and characterize texts, sounds, and/or images in at least one period or problem in Germanic cultural, literary, or intellectual history
  • Historical contexts: Ability to analyze how past cultural developments influence current affairs in the Germanic cultural zone and in contemporary transnational relationships
  • Mentorship and learning community: Opportunity to benefit from a culture of intellectual exchange within the undergraduate cohort of Germanic Studies majors and minors as well as through mentoring relationships with faculty members in the department
  • Overseas experience: Exposure to an overseas study and/or internship experience

Skills desired by employers

Each year, the National Association of Colleges and Employers asks employers what skills and qualities they are looking for in recent college graduates. The following abilities are sought in the job market across many employment sectors:

  • Communicate effectively with persons both inside and outside the organization
  • Work in a team structure
  • Make decisions and solve problems
  • Plan, organize, and prioritize work
  • Obtain and process relevant information
  • Analyze quantitative data
  • Obtain technical knowledge related to the job
  • Proficiency with computer software programs
  • Create and edit written reports
  • Ability to persuade or influence others

As you explore various career fields, pay attention to specific job descriptions and requirements. If there are areas where your skills or knowledge are lacking, talk with your academic advisor and career coach about how you can develop in those areas while you are at Indiana University.

Your academic advisor and career coach can also help you find ways to strengthen and deepen the knowledge you already have, becoming more prepared for whatever path you select after your college career.