German Studies

Perhaps you admire the culture. Or the country. Or the way the language sounds. Fair enough. But when it comes to your career, you need to choose a major that will help you get where you need to be. Luckily, German Studies fits the bill. Whether you choose to focus solely on German Studies or combine it with another major, you can build a solid career in practically any field:

  • Foreign trade in Germany, Austria or Switzerland
  • International organizations
  • International travel
  • International education
  • Journalism, marketing or media relations across the globe

Why German? For one thing, it’s the most widely spoken language in Europe, which means you’ll be in a position to easily navigate the European market. And since Germany is known for its powerhouse economy and innovative spirit, speaking the language and understanding the culture opens the door to your future just a little wider.

How We're Different

At NC State, we want our students to get the most value from their degree – which is why we’ve created three different tracks. By focusing on your specific area of interest, you’re better able to hone the skills that make you marketable to potential employers. Choose from:

German Studies: a stand-alone degree focusing specifically on cultural studies

German Studies with an International Economics concentration: a degree requiring five economics courses and two German business courses to help you specialize in the field

German Studies with a Science and Technology concentration: a degree where you study German alongside a major in the sciences, engineering or other field outside the humanities and social sciences

With each concentration, you’ll be required to spend at least one semester studying abroad or in an internship at a primarily German-speaking organization based in a German-speaking country.

German major concentrations          German Courses


How to Apply

If you’re new to NC State, you’ll need to apply to the university and get accepted before declaring a major. Visit the NC State Admissions site for more information or to get started.

Apply to NC State
For students who are already NC State students and want to change majors or add German Studies as a second major, you may submit an application during a one-month period, three times per year (Aug 15-Sept 15; Jan 15-Feb 15; May 15-June 15). You can submit your Change of Degree Application on the NC State Department of Registration and Records site.

Change of Degree Application Requirements


Contact Us

Dr. Helga G. Braunbeck
Associate Professor
Section Coordinator, German Studies
Email: helga_braunbeck@ncsu.edu
Office: Withers 301
Phone: 919-515-9320

German Faculty and Staff Directory

Main Office

The German Studies office is located in Withers Hall 310

Campus Address
Withers 310
Campus Box 8106
Raleigh, NC 27695-8106

Physical Address
101 Lampe Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27695

Phone: 919-515-2475
Fax: 919-515-6981

Hourse: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday