B.A. in German


German is among the ten most commonly spoken languages in the world, and has the largest number of native speakers in the European Union. Many of the Western world’s most important works of philosophy, literature, music, art history, and medicine are written in German. Germans are world leaders in engineering, and German is the second most commonly used scientific language in the world.

Why German at URI?

Lots of Good Company

The German program at URI is the second largest in the country by number of majors. That’s because we offer a comprehensive and challenging curriculum that prepares you for study abroad, internships, and careers.

Signature Programs

URI’s Signature International Programs offer unique preparation for global professionals. German dual-degree programs:                       

Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professorship

Nationally Recognized Programs

URI Signature Programs

URI is a national and international leader in the integration of language and cultural instruction with professional programs. The interdisciplinary and inclusive German curriculum that was co-developed by award-winning URI faculty members has been adopted by over 100 universities in the US. Our German major and minor can be combined with any major and can be tailored toward the unique needs of each discipline. This will help you achieve a high level of language proficiency and intercultural competence, in order to become a true global professional in your field.

No German? No Problem.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve studied German a lot, a little, or not at all before you come to URI. In fact, the vast majority of our majors come to us with no German background. What matters is that when you graduate, you’ll be well prepared for the future.


Thinking about what learning German does for your earning potential? Consider this: Germany is the world’s second-largest exporter, and the German economy ranks number one in Europe and number four worldwide. Germany is home to numerous international corporations, and direct investment by Germany in the United States is over ten billion dollars. Our program and professors will work closely with you to reach your career goals and support you in your internship and career preparation, whether in the US or abroad.

Graduating German International Engineering Program (IEP), German International Business Program (IBP), and German International Computer Science Program (ICSP) students have started careers in German companies in the US, American subsidiaries abroad or other companies with a global footprint, such as BASF, BMW of North America, Boeing, Hexagon Intelligent Manufacturing, Mercedes of North America, MTU Aero Engines, Sandia National Laboratories, Siemens, VW, ZF and more. These URI Signature International Programs also give you a competitive edge with respect to getting into top level graduate programs. Grads have gone on to masters, MBA and Phd programs at Brown, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Virginia Tech and others. The German International Studies and Diplomacy Program (ISD) combines German with international politics and economics and prepares for careers in foreign service, diplomacy, international non-governmental organizations, and other international careers.

Examples of potential careers include:

  • Airlines
  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Foreign and public service
  • International banking
  • International news, media, and journalism
  • Science and technology
  • Teaching in the U.S. and abroad
  • Translating and interpreting