When you major in German at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, you’ll explore various aspects of the German culture and learn to communicate effectively. Study abroad, pursue an internship opportunity in Berlin, engage with others at the German conversation table and participate in research opportunities. Prepare for a career in nonprofit work, teaching, business, translation, politics, social work and more.

The Nebraska Difference


Discover what moves you with a diverse blend of academic disciplines.


Flexibility & Choice

Customize your degree with course choices. Add a minor or second major.


Hands-On Experience

Build knowledge, skills and experience in and out of the classroom.


Limitless Career Paths

Connect your major, interests and goals to any field.

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Program Features

Focus and Range 

Dive deep into your German major while taking a wide variety of courses across all areas in the College of Arts and Sciences. Graduate academically well-rounded and eager to keep learning. Use your collaboration and communication skills to address complex problems and make a positive impact professionally and personally.  

1-to-1 Academic Advising and Career Coaching 

Along with your faculty, professional academic advisors and career coaches will help you make a one-of-a-kind degree plan. We are focused on your success, while at Nebraska and after graduation, whether your goal is employment or graduate/professional school. 

Much More Than Language 

A community of scholars, researchers, educators, writers, poets, theorists, humanists, linguists, social scientists, cultural critics, historians, translators, interpreters, businesspeople, leaders of study abroad programs, philosophers, critical thinkers and cultural ambassadors. 

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Notable Courses

Contemporary German Culture: Film, Literature, Theater (GERM 302)

Focus on aspects of contemporary German culture, including literature, graphic novel, film, theater and popular music.

Sustainability and Migration (GERM 304)

Exploration of response to issues of sustainability and migration in German-speaking societies. Emphasis on broadening critical reading and writing skills in an interdisciplinary context.

Linguistics in German (GERM 405)

Phonetics, phonemics, morphology and transformational grammar as applied to standard German.

History of German Poetry (GERM 453)

Critical survey of the development of epic and lyric poetry from the beginning to the present time.

German Literature and Philosophy (GERM 454)

Relationship between literature and contemporary thought from the eighteenth century to the present.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Management intern, Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast
  • Social media intern, Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition


  • Quality curator, Epic Systems Corporation
  • Teaching assistant, Fulbright Austria
  • Operations director, Nebraska Democratic Party
  • Junior researcher, The Albanian Institute for International Studies
  • Typesetter and e-book creator, University of Nebraska Press

Graduate Schools

  • Master’s degree, Environment and Society, Utah State University
  • Master’s degree, German Language and Literature, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Master's degree, Modern Languages & Literature, University College Dublin
  • Master's degree, Linguistics, University of Potsdam
  • Juris Doctorate, Harvard University

Outside the Classroom

Depending on your major, interests and goals, you can choose to do research, work as an intern, study abroad, become a leader or serve your community. The university’s Experiential Learning requirement ensures you have at least one of these transformative learning experiences; students in the College of Arts and Sciences typically complete at least two.


Academics & Experiential Learning

  • Our motto is Academics + Experience = Opportunities. Employers and graduate/professional schools are looking for students who have a strong academic background and hands-on experience.
  • German majors regularly engage in research or internships, and many study abroad or get involved in service or leadership on campus and beyond.

Career Preparedness

  • CASC 200: Career Development in Arts and Sciences. Explore your interests, abilities and values while identifying career options and preparing to apply for internships, jobs or graduate/professional school.
  • GERM 395: Internship in a German Speaking Country. Extend your study abroad with an arranged internship with a German organization in the summer.


  • The semester-long program at the Humboldt Institute in Berlin is the longest running faculty-led program at Nebraska. Improve your language proficiency while building relationships.
  • Tutor your peers in the Language Lab, or practice your German at Stammtisch, the German Conversation Table.

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the German major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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Contact Name
Nicholas Gordon
Contact Title
Director of Recruitment