Masters in German
Those who pursue a Masters in German can expect to learn about the intricacies of the German language, as well as German culture, history, and literature. It's possible to specialize in other aspects of this generic field and complete a thesis research project that covers some aspect of German culture and language. Most students will also learn the skills that are necessary to teach the language to others. It's usually necessary to have a liberal arts degree at the undergraduate level to pursue this higher education.
Although in the past it seemed that it was only possible to pursue German Master's Programs in person, with such a heavy emphasis on practicing the language with others or learning teaching skills, with new waves of technology come new learning capabilities online. As a result, many students now choose to pursue an online degree that better fits into their busy schedules and may be available at a reduced price than what you might pay for at another academic institution. With a combination of video and audio components, along with an emphasis on German reading lists, it's possible to gain the same level of education.
After the completion of this type of degree, graduates could expect to find work as a translator or interpreter, either at home or abroad. Teaching is also a field that many choose to go into, either at the high school or university level. The demand at the moment is higher for teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL), which a degree in German could be quite helpful with as preparation. The median salary for interpreters was $38,850 in 2008 and $46,380 for ESL teachers, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This salary expectation could increase with a PhD degree in the same field.