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German-based companies are a driving force in the regional and global economy. Our own Upstate region hosts over 110 German companies in more than 150 locations. Companies like BMW, Dräexlmaier, BASF, Hanson and many more are right here in our own backyard, and students with advanced German language skills and cultural knowledge are well-poised to join the management ranks of these companies.
1 in 5 Top U.S. manufacturing companies surveyed required German language skills.
Students who participate in USC Upstate's German Studies programs have opportunities to complete internships with local German companies, including Dräxlmaier Automotive. Alumni of these internships have found jobs that make use of their German knowledge and experience at companies like Erhardt+Leimer, the automation technologies company headquartered in Duncan.
USC Upstate is also one of three University sponsors of the International Forum for German and Spanish in the Professions, hosted by Clemson University. Students who attend this forum have the opportunity to meet and network with companies throughout the Upstate who are looking for new employees with German and Spanish language and cultural experience. Representatives come from major multinational corporations with branches in Germany, Latin America and the US, as well as from relocation companies and other service providers who support German and Spanish-speaking communities in the Upstate region.
The Minor in German Studies prepares students for careers working with multinational companies, organizations, schools and communities in the Upstate and throughout the German-speaking world, including Europe, Africa and North and South America. The minor in German Studies will require a minimum of 18 hours, with 12 hours of upper division courses: 6 credit hours from SGRM 202 and SGRM 210; 12 credit hours from 300 level German courses. See Detailed German Studies minor degree requirements.
College graduates with languages skills earn an average of 2-3% more than their monolingual classmates.
Pair a German Studies minor with a major in business, criminal justice, communications or STEM fields in order to expand your career readiness and job opportunities in the future.
Through Dual-Degree programs at several German universities, USC Upstate students who have completed their junior year may complete one year of study at a German partner university, then return for their senior year and graduate who two complete undergraduate degrees—one from USC Upstate and one from their German University. Students become alumni of two universities, participate in internships (some of them paid) with German businesses, and gain international contacts and experience—all for the price of an additional year of college. Although classes are delivered in English, students who make an effort to learn German further increase their career prospects.
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