Few cultures have exerted a more profound or lasting influence on the history of the world or the church than Germany. The German major and minor prepare students to observe, interpret and participate in contemporary Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, and to understand the origins of these societies.
The German Major
Through on- and off-campus instruction in German history, religion, literature, politics, business, and culture, the program emphasizes proficiency in Europe’s most widely spoken first language and fosters an in-depth understanding of the Federal Republic of Germany, the most populous and influential member of the European Union.
Faculty facilitate internships and service learning opportunities with businesses and political and ministry organizations in the U.S. and overseas. Graduating German majors and minors regularly pursue advanced study or work in contexts that demand intercultural communication skills and/or knowledge of the German language and culture.
German and Education
Wheaton offers a PK-12 Professional Educator License (PEL) in teaching a modern language (Spanish, French, or German). Other endorsements, such as ESL/Bilingual or Special Education can be added to this initial license, which can be earned as an undergraduate student or in conjunction with the Master of Arts in Teaching.