The German program focuses on the language, people, and history of German-speaking countries. Students learn to effectively use the German language and gain knowledge of the culture in contemporary society through its art, business and literature.

The major can be tailored to the interest of the student. Graduates have gone on to law school, medical school, graduate studies in German, work in the government and non-profit sectors, and also work for German companies. All entering freshmen must receive language placement for languages with which they have prior experience to determine their beginning course level for that language.

The German major is associated with the Department of Modern Languages. A major generally requires 10 courses depending on entry-level placement, and a minor generally requires 5-6 courses, depending on entry-level placement. All modern language majors must spend a minimum of one semester on a study abroad program, course of study, or internship approved by the language program director. Additional information is available in the W&J College Catalog.

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Cathy Altmeyer
Cathy Altmeyer, M.A.
Assistant Professor of German
Judith Atzler
Judith Atzler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of German
Guido Halder
Guido Halder, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Michael Shaughnessy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of German

Course Requirements