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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

  • Alexanderplatz

The German Program at USC

Do you want to understand poets like Goethe and Walther von der Vogelweide, thinkers like Kant and Nietzsche and composers like Bach and Beethoven? Do you think it's important to understand political leaders like Barbarossa and Bismarck, scientists like Leibniz and Grimm, and theologians like Meister Eckhart and Martin Luther? Or do you think it's important to understand an increasingly important language in world economics and politics?

Why Study German? 

An undergraduate major or minor in German will give you a head start on the future. In the twenty-first century, unified Germany has become the economic and political leader of the European Union. It is also one of the main partners of the United States in an increasingly internationalized world. Right here in South Carolina, there are over 120 German companies. Aside from preparing you for a career as teacher, translator, or college professor, a BA in German can help prepare you for careers in international business, international law, the Foreign Service, and hospitality and tourism.


  • The Gerda Jordan Scholarship 
  • The Maria Reyes Scholarship 
  • The Hoechst Scholarship

How to Apply

Submit a sample essay in German that you wrote for a German course at the University of South Carolina. (Submissions will generally be solicited at the start of Spring semester.)

Students who receive the stipends must apply the funds to expenses associated with studying German language and literature at USC during the academic year.

Contact the Program Director for more information about Undergraduate Awards in German.


Outside Scholarships


National German Honor Society 

Our program is home to the Sigma Chapter of the National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha.

To become a member you must have:

  1. A minimum of two years of college or university German or their equivalent with the attainment of sophomore standing and an official registration in an advanced German course or its equivalent or corresponding advanced placement.
  2. A minimum grade average of  B+ or its equivalent in all German courses taken.
  3. Indication of continued interest in the study of the German language, literature, and culture.

If you have any questions about Delta Phi Alpha, please contact the faculty adviser, Dr. Kristina Stefanic-Brown at

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