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2023 Best Germanic Languages Schools

131 Colleges in the United States
1,425 German Degrees Awarded
$55,443 Avg Early-Career Salary
Germanic Languages isn't the most popular major in the world, but it's not the least popular either. To be more precise it ranks #222 in popularity out of 395 majors in the country. So, you may have to do some digging around to find quality schools that offer the degree program. This list can help with that.

College Factual reviewed 131 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for degree seekers in the field of Germanic languages. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 1,425 degrees in Germanic languages during the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Germanic Languages School

Best Germanic Languages Schools The German program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Germanic Languages rankings. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for Germanic languages schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Pick Your Germanic Languages Degree Level

Associate Degrees in German
Bachelor's Degrees in German
Master's Degrees in German
Doctor's Degrees in German

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Germanic Languages Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision. More interested in schools in a specific area of the country? Filter this list by region or state.

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Best Schools for Germanic Languages in the United States

The schools below may not offer all types of German degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

19 Top Schools in German

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Duke University
Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NC
42.9% Growth in Graduates

Duke University is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in Germanic languages. Duke is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Durham. A Best Colleges rank of #3 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were approximately 14 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NY

Columbia University in the City of New York is one of the best schools in the country for getting a degree in Germanic languages. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York. A Best Colleges rank of #14 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were approximately 14 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In IN

Any student pursuing a degree in Germanic languages needs to look into University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Notre Dame. A Best Colleges rank of #16 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were approximately 3 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent data year.

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Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In TN

Any student pursuing a degree in Germanic languages needs to take a look at Vanderbilt University. Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #21 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great university overall.

There were approximately 6 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CA

Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #17 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.

There were roughly 19 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent year we have data available.

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Tufts University
Medford, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MA
71.4% Growth in Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #34 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Tufts is a great university overall.

There were roughly 14 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Tufts in the most recent year we have data available.

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Georgetown University
Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In DC

Georgetown is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Washington. A Best Colleges rank of #19 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Georgetown is a great university overall.

There were approximately 6 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Georgetown in the most recent year we have data available.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In CA

UCLA is a very large public university located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Colleges rank of #29 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UCLA is a great university overall.

There were about 5 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at UCLA in the most recent year we have data available.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
$69,870 Median Starting Salary

UCONN is a very large public university located in the suburb of Storrs. This university ranks 4th out of 28 schools for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were about 20 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at UCONN in the most recent year we have data available. Those Germanic languages students who get their degree from University of Connecticut make $14,427 more than the average German graduate.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WA
27.3% Growth in Graduates

UW Seattle is a very large public university located in the city of Seattle. This university ranks 1st out of 51 schools for overall quality in the state of Washington.

There were roughly 22 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at UW Seattle in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WI
79 German Degrees Awarded

UW - Madison is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Madison. A Best Colleges rank of #33 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UW - Madison is a great university overall.

There were about 79 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent data year.

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Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In PA
66.7% Growth in Graduates

Bucknell is a small private not-for-profit university located in the distant town of Lewisburg. This university ranks 6th out of 117 colleges for overall quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were about 3 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Bucknell in the most recent data year.

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Colby College
Waterville, ME
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In ME
60.0% Growth in Graduates

Colby is a small private not-for-profit college located in the remote town of Waterville. This college ranks 3rd out of 19 colleges for overall quality in the state of Maine.

There were roughly 5 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Colby in the most recent year we have data available.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In VA

Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #32 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means University of Virginia is a great university overall.

There were approximately 4 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
47 German Degrees Awarded
2.1% Growth in Graduates

Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #25 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means U-M is a great university overall.

There were roughly 47 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent year we have data available. Soon after graduation, German degree recipients usually make around $21,743 at the beginning of their careers.

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Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In NC

Located in the city of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 3rd out of 93 colleges for overall quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were roughly 6 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Wake Forest University in the most recent data year.

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Colgate University
Hamilton, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In NY
33.3% Growth in Graduates

Located in the distant town of Hamilton, Colgate is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 4th out of 143 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were approximately 3 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Colgate in the most recent data year.

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Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In NY
50.0% Growth in Graduates

Located in the suburb of Poughkeepsie, Vassar is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 12th out of 143 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 4 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at Vassar in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In IL

UChicago is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Chicago. A Best Colleges rank of #7 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were approximately 7 Germanic languages students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent year we have data available.

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Rest of the Top Best Germanic Languages Schools

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Germanic Languages students that almost earned our Best Germanic Languages Schools award.

Rank College Location
25 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
26 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
20 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
21 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
22 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
23 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
24 University of California - Davis Davis, CA
25 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN

Germanic Languages by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Germanic Languages is one of 17 different types of Foreign Languages & Linguistics programs to choose from.

German Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
German Language & Literature 1,192
Germanic Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics, General 182
Germanic Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics, Other 21
Sc&inavian Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics 13
Norwegian Language & Literature 11
Swedish Language & Literature 5
Danish Language & Literature 1

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Romance Languages 15,009
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 8,539
American Sign Language 2,724
East Asian Languages 2,293
Classical Languages & Literature 1,428
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 607
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 607
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 500
Second Language Learning 108
Southeast Asian & Pacific Languages 38

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