German Intersession 2012

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The German program at W&J is a nationally recognized Center of Excellence by the AATG. The program develops the skills, knowledge and qualities necessary to communicate and interact in German-speaking cultures around the world.

Courses range from language acquisition to literature and film, and the major can be tailored to the cultural and career interests of the student through independent studies, internships, and funded international opportunities. For more information on the program, see the W&J College Catalog.

Beyond the Classroom

Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J.

International Travel

  • Semester-long stays in German-speaking countries (Berlin, Cologne, and Munich, Germany, as well as Vienna, Austria)
  • Summer Magellan projects and internships abroad in German-speaking countries
  • Two-week JayTerm travel courses with W&J faculty & students in January or May to Germany


No matter what your major, the German program provides a compliment to careers in law, science, and the humanities.

Possible career choices include entrepreneur, educator, foreign service, law enforcement, international lawyer, banking, patent attorney, politics, international science researcher, and physician.

German Faculty

Michael Shaughnessy, Ph.D. portrait

Program Chair

Michael Shaughnessy, Ph.D.

Office: Thompson Degrees: Ph.D. and M.A. Cincinnati; B.A. Dayton. Areas of Study Michael Shaughnessy is a professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages. In addition to German language, literature, and culture, Dr. Shaughnessy has a professional interest in educational technology. He is particularly interested in the perception of technology within education and the…

Portrait of Cathy Altmeyer

Cathy Altmeyer, M.A.

Assistant Professor of German


Guido Halder, Ph.D. portrait
Professor Judith Atzler portrait

German Program Downloads

German Program Sheet

Version: 2019