German studies major

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Are you fascinated by German language and culture? You might want to think about majoring in German studies at Central College. Central offers a broad range of German classes that focus on the German language, literature and culture. All on-campus courses include regular conversation sessions with native-speaking lab assistants from Germany or Austria. Students also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the German language by living in a German-speaking house on campus and studying with Central's study abroad program in Vienna. Central’s German studies program also provides German television in every dorm room as well as foreign films and newspapers. Today, graduates of Central’s German studies program work around the country and around the world. Graduates work for the White House, the World Bank, universities in Germany and Austria, as translators for U.S. intelligence and as middle and high school and university language teachers.



Successful Careers


German students have a unique opportunity to intern while studying abroad in Vienna, Austria. Past internships include:

Learn more about internships at Central.


Sample Schedule

Curious about courses you’ll be taking your first year at Central as an German major? A typical first-year schedule for each of the program areas includes:

Freshman year

Sophomore year

Junior year

Senior year

German major: 28 semester hours at the 300-course level or above
German minor: 6 semester hours at the 300-course level or above

Get more details from the course catalog! (Note: this is a PDF file)


The Weller Center for Business and International Studies houses faculty offices and classrooms for the economics, accounting, business management and modern language departments. The $3.9-million building was completed in 1999 and includes state-of-the-art technologies and a very energy efficient design, including solar panels on the roof. There are eight high-tech classrooms, two of which contain student computers, as well as a 24-hour computer lab on the main floor.

Department Web site

Central’s modern languages department maintains its own website with even more information about majoring in German studies.


No matter what your interests are, Central has a student group or organization that you’ll want to join! Click here to learn how you can get involved with groups and organizations at Central. Student groups include:

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad with Central College to enhance their development as global citizens. Academic opportunities and internship programs also are available in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.


Central offers German scholarships of up to $2,000 for all students (majors and non-majors) planning to continue involvement in language at the college level. Click here for more information!