According to the University of Arkansas' Department of World Languages, "German is the most widely spoken language in Europe and is an important language for business. Germany has the largest economy in Europe, the 3rd strongest economy overall, and is the #1 export nation in the world. Germany has a long history as a high tech center and is now a leader in biotechnology, alternative energy, and software and microchip development. The German language gives you access to the rich, world-renowned cultural achievements of the German-speaking countries-contributions by names such as Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Klimt, Goethe, Kafka, Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud are among those you might recognize. German is also the second-most commonly used research language and can greatly enhance your study of almost any field-many graduate programs even require it for reading knowledge. German is an important language for media and telecommunications, with its domain, .de, second only to the extension .com. Plus, German is easy! You are currently reading a Germanic language, English; although it has many loan words from Romance languages, many basic structures and vocab are shared with English."

Strong verbal and written communicationCross-cultural knowledge and understanding
Critical thinking and creative problem-solvingAbility to formulate clear and persuasive messages
Listening, clarifying, questioning and respondingAbility to work well independently and collaboratively
Ability to speak another language