German Area Studies

Beyond HWS

German hip-hop artists Pyranja (second
from right) and Amewu (second from
left) with German students Elizabeth
Kniffin '14 and Nathaniel Yood '14 after
a German hip-hop concert at Syracuse

So, what can you do with a German degree? The question is: What CAN’T you do with a German degree?

Studying German is not just memorizing vocabulary and learning grammar. It teaches you how to think, how to problem solve; it hones your critical thinking and fosters independence, it exposes you to other ideas and modes of thought; it challenges you to expand your perspectives and reflect on your own worldview. The skills, discipline, and range of experiences gained by a German major can give you an advantage when pursuing any of the following professions:


  • historian
  • interpreter
  • librarian
  • museum curator
  • professor
  • researcher
  • study abroad advisor at college/university
  • teacher
  • translator

the arts

  • actor
  • documentarian
  • fashion design
  • musician
  • singer


  • advertising
  • banker
  • entrepreneur
  • financial analyst
  • investment analyst
  • marketing


  • attorney
  • judge

government/public policy

  • diplomatic corps
  • fellow at international think tank
  • foreign affairs expert


  • author
  • broadcast journalist
  • editor
  • journalist
  • magazine editor
  • website editor

service industry

  • airline services
  • hotel manager
  • restaurateur
  • tour guide


Nicholas Baranco '08

SUNY Upstate Medical University

Nicholas Baranco '08

"Growing up in a small town in Tennessee, I always knew that I wanted to be a doctor but I knew I had other interests, too. That’s why being a Blackwell Scholar was so great – I was able to pursue my dream while still having the opportunity to explore my interests outside of the sciences. At HWS, I had the opportunity to get real work experience in the medical profession by interning at Geneva General Hospital both in the radiology and surgery departments. My time at the hospital was divided between the office and the operating room, allowing me to the and experience the different sides of medicine."


Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.