German studies at Central offer a broad range of classes in language, literature and culture. Graduates of the program work across the country and around the world at the World Bank, at universities in Germany and Austria, as translators for U.S. intelligence and as middle school, high school and university language teachers.
All of Central’s on-campus German courses include regular conversation sessions with native-speaking language assistants from Germany or Austria. Students also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the language by living in the German house on campus and through Central's study abroad program in Vienna.
Recent German studies graduates have gone on to study in a variety of international fields, including international business, global management, international affairs and law school.
While participating in the Vienna program, students may choose from internships in many disciplines and professional fields and have access to service-learning opportunities. Vienna internships have included:
Students completing the German studies major may choose from three emphasis areas: literature, language or cultural history. In addition to the language proficiency, the German studies program lays the foundation for active and responsible world citizenship. Graduating majors are expected to demonstrate skills in German comparable to those of persons qualified to do advanced work at a German or American university. At the heart of each student's program is study in a German-speaking country, typically as a participant in the Central College Vienna program.
Learn more about German Studies in the course catalog.
Central offers German scholarships of up to $2,000 for all students (majors and non-majors) interested in foreign language studies at the college level.
The Weller Center for Business and International Studies houses faculty offices and classrooms for the modern language departments. The $3.9-million building completed in 1999 includes an interactive computer language lab to supplement traditional methods of language learning through phone exchanges, chat groups, recording and listening activities.
The Language Houses in the Wing International Center offer a unique living alternative for language majors, those returning from a semester abroad or anyone who wants a chance to use French, German or Spanish on a daily basis, celebrate native holidays, share experiences and sample diverse foods. International language assistants from Mexico, Spain, Germany and France also live in these townhouses along with Central College students.
One of Central College’s newest faculty members, Michaela Maschek is associate director of Central College in Vienna and lecturer of German on campus this fall.
For a small group of language assistants, study abroad means leaving behind their home countries for Pella, Iowa.
Senior Garrett Southwick of Scottsdale, Ariz., has won a 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Germany.