Why study German?
Wabash College understands that learning German is one avenue of many for understanding and interacting with the world, its peoples, and its histories. The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures prepares students for citizenship in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual global community, promoting proficiency in the German language as one avenue to expand knowledge of cultures and literatures in a pluralistic world. Proficient and engaged faculty work with students to provide a greater understanding of world affairs through the lifestyles, traditions, achievements, and culture of Germany.
Why major in German?
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers major and minor programs in the German language, with courses ranging from beginning German grammar to advanced seminars on German literature, culture, and intellectual history. Elementary German classes require no previous experience with the language; students who complete those courses will acquire a fundamental understanding of German language and culture. German majors engage in advanced courses that enable students to review and further develop language skills within a cultural context. Most of our German students either study abroad at some point during their junior year, participate in senior-level topics courses, or independent projects of study in Germany. Our most advanced students take German courses on German literature and culture, as well as Germanic linguistics. For a full course offering, check out the German curriculum here.
What can you do with a degree in German?
A German major builds a life-long skill which can lead to many career opportunities. Here are some career paths taken by recent Wabash graduates with a degree in German: NY Banking Associate, Senior Financial Analyst, Attorney, Network Engineer, Marine Corps Officer, Treasury Services Sr. Advisor, Professor, Investor/Photographer, Marketing, President & CEO technology company, Account Executive, Chair of Library, Senior Manager/Media Properties, Senior Systems Engineer, Occupational Therapist, Program Cost Analyst.