The study of foreign language, literature, and culture is fundamental to a liberal arts education. It offers:

  • Enhanced communication skills;
  • Critical thinking skills, including the ability to analyze and interpret more carefully;
  • A more informed understanding of one’s own background; and
  • Increased information about and sensitivity towards other traditions and values.


Find out about how each of the following might benefit you:

Career Options

In a world that is increasingly focused on global markets and cross-cultural communication, knowledge of a second language and culture has become a valuable job asset. Find out how German can help prepare you for ANY career. 

Scholarships and Awards

The Department of German has benefitted from generous gifts by former students and colleagues, that allow us to offer financial assistance to some of our very best students as they pursue German studies both on campus in Pittsburgh and abroad. There are also many university and national scholarships available to students studying German. Learn more about the resources available to you. 

Study Abroad

Study Abroad will change your life. It will not only improve your language, but it will also enhance your intellectual and personal growth and help you see the world differently.  Pitt offers a variety of exciting study abroad programs in German for students at all levels. Learn more about where you could go

German Club

Our department has an active student-led organization that provides a wide range of extracurricular activities related to the study of German language and culture.