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German majors explore German history, culture, and language through immersion experiences, both in the classroom and abroad in an approved foreign study or experience of at least six weeks.

  • There are many exciting reasons to study the German language. Not only is German the cultural heritage of twenty-five percent of Americans, it also gives students an edge in many fields of endeavor.

    German is a good foundation for a number of professional careers. The study of German, its history, and culture provide students with an advantage in such diverse fields as international law, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, technology, chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, music, and the arts. Business majors who also major or minor in German have a leading edge in today’s global market. In addition, having a reading knowledge of German satisfies the language requirements of many graduate school programs.

    Students benefit from immersion experiences, both in the classroom and abroad. Classes are conducted in German, and students learn from a native German speaker. German majors are required to conduct an approved foreign study or experience of at least six weeks – a great opportunity for students to visit a foreign country and immerse themselves in the language!

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    What Makes the Program Distinctive?

    The German major at Wisconsin Lutheran College provides students with a solid base in German language studies, as well as real world application of knowledge. A variety of courses and a modern language lab provide students with opportunities to strengthen their language skills. Students spending time abroad are not only given the opportunity to enhance their language ability, but also the chance to gain a greater awareness of German culture and themselves. In addition, the German program also provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge in the real world. During their course of study, students interact with elementary students at the German Immersion School in Milwaukee, participate regularly in German movie and game nights, attend German church services, and eat at German restaurants.


    German Proficiency

    German proficiency provides access to the second largest information resource on earth - the German internet. This is not only helpful for German studies, but for all fields. In addition, graduate study programs of many universities require students to be proficient in a foreign language. German is ideal because it has significantly contributed to the academic and scientific world. Being able to do research in the original language provides the student with accurate and otherwise often inaccessible information.


    Study Abroad

    German majors will have a study abroad or internship experience in Europe.

    German Immersion

    The German program provides students with many opportunities for German cultural immersion. The Milwaukee metropolitan area - with its German history, restaurants, churches, and events - provides students with an array of opportunities for enhancing language ability and experiencing German culture.


    Knowledge of German is recognized in such diverse fields as international law, philosophy, music, literature, theology, psychology, technology, archaeology, as well as chemistry, biology and engineering. German career opportunities can be found in public service, legal professions, education, travel and tourism, business and industry, the Armed Forces and in international relations. WLC graduates have taught German at Golda Meier School, Milwaukee German Immersion School, and West Bend West High School.


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