The contributions of German writers, philosophers, scientists and musicians are alone enough to warrant the study of German language and culture. As with any foreign language, studying German will also help you develop intercultural skills and global hospitality.

Overview

Calvin offers a comprehensive German major that embraces both the language and culture of German people. Calvin's German curriculum includes classes ranging from beginner to advanced and features cultural expressions through literature, film, visual media and online sources. You can also take advantage of opportunities to study abroad in Germany for a semester, or during Calvin's three-week January interim.

Careers in German

  • Engineer
  • Teacher
  • Foreign Service Worker
  • Marketing Representative

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Attend German movie evenings in Calvin's Bytwerk Theater; Help plan student-led German chapels; Eat at the German table in the dining hall; Go to special lectures, presentations, games, skits and coffee hours sponsored by the German Department.

Keep Exploring

Visit the department's website

Related News

Health starts with a zest for life
from The Spark

By the numbers

100%
Students who participate in cross-cultural learning
7
Modern languages taught at Calvin
9%
Students who have international citizenship

Course Requirements 2013-14

German major

(30-31 semester hours)

  • GERM-301 Advanced German Language and Culture
  • GERM-302 German Culture and Intercultural Studies
  • GERM-303 Introduction to German Literature
  • GERM-361 Advanced Writing in Cultural Context
  • GERM-395 German Literature and the Reading Self
  • Five electives from:
    • GERM-123 Introductory and Intermediate German
    • GERM-202 Intermediate German
    • GERM-301 Advanced German Language and Culture
    • GERM-302 German Culture and Intercultural Studies
    • GERM-303 Introduction to German Literature
    • GERM-361 Advanced Writing in Cultural Context
    • GERM-362 Culture and Language through Performed Texts
    • GERM-371 German Visual Culture and Literature
    • GERM-372 Outside Voices: German Culture from the Margins
    • GERM-381 Special Topics
    • GERM-395 German Literature and the Reading Self
    • German interim abroad

German minor

(18-19 semester hours)

  • One from:
    • GERM-301 Advanced German Language and Culture
    • GERM-302 German Culture and Intercultural Studies
    • GERM-303 Introduction to German Literature
  • Five electives from:
    • GERM-123 Introductory and Intermediate German
    • GERM-202 Intermediate German
    • GERM-301 Advanced German Language and Culture
    • GERM-302 German Culture and Intercultural Studies
    • GERM-303 Introduction to German Literature
    • GERM-361 Advanced Writing in Cultural Context
    • GERM-362 Culture and Language through Performed Texts
    • GERM-371 German Visual Culture and Literature
    • GERM-372 Outside Voices: German Culture from the Margins
    • GERM-381 Special Topics
    • GERM-395 German Literature and the Reading Self
    • German interim abroad

German Elementary and Secondary Education major

(30 semester hours)

  • GERM-301 Advanced German Language and Culture
  • GERM-302 German Culture and Intercultural Studies
  • GERM-303 Introduction to German Literature
  • GERM-361 Advanced Writing in Cultural Context
  • GERM-395 German Literature and the Reading Self
  • Four electives:
    • GERM-301 Advanced German Language and Culture
    • GERM-302 German Culture and Intercultural Studies
    • GERM-303 Introduction to German Literature
    • GERM-361 Advanced Writing in Cultural Context
    • GERM-362 Culture and Language through Performed Texts
    • GERM-371 German Visual Culture and Literature
    • GERM-372 Outside Voices: German Culture from the Margins
    • GERM-381 Special Topics
    • GERM-395 German Literature and the Reading Self
    • German interim abroad
  • One from:
    • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World Language Pedagogy
    • IDIS-357 Introduction to Secondary World Language Pedagogy

German Elementary and Secondary Education minor

(21 semester hours)

  • GERM-301 Advanced German Language and Culture
  • GERM-302 German Culture and Intercultural Studies
  • GERM-361 Advanced Writing in Cultural Context
  • Three electives:
    • GERM-301 Advanced German Language and Culture
    • GERM-302 German Culture and Intercultural Studies
    • GERM-303 Introduction to German Literature
    • GERM-361 Advanced Writing in Cultural Context
    • GERM-362 Culture and Language through Performed Texts
    • GERM-371 German Visual Culture and Literature
    • GERM-372 Outside Voices: German Culture from the Margins
    • GERM-381 Special Topics
    • GERM-395 German Literature and the Reading Self
    • German interim abroad
  • One from:
    • IDIS-356 Introduction to Elementary World Language Pedagogy
    • IDIS-357 Introduction to Secondary World Language Pedagogy

Request a catalog

Share your name and address, and we'll send you a Calvin's course catalog »

Advising?

Calvin College Course CatalogCurrent students please download your course catalog for complete degree requirements.

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Wallace Bratt and Barbara Carvill German Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+ in German
  • financial need considered; demonstrate dedication to the German languages as well as an interest in using the language in the professional realm; preference given to students from over 500 miles from Calvin's campus
  • apply through the German department
Wallace and Marianne Bratt German Interim Abroad Scholarship
  • award amount: varies
  • any class level
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need considered; for the German Interim Abroad
  • apply through the German department
Alan and Jan Pauw Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; majoring in history, philosophy, or a foreign language
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
View all scholarship opportunities

Faculty

Mary Buteyn

Mary Buteyn
Assistant Professor of Germanic Languages and Literature
Department of German
HH 402B
mbuteyn@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8766

Herman De Vries

Herman De Vries
Professor
Frederik Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture
Department of German
HH 423
hermdevr@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6804

Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim

Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim
Associate Professor of Germanic Languages
Department of German
HH 425
pdpruim@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8868

Qin Herzberg

Qin Herzberg
Instructor, Chinese Language
Department of Chinese
HH 402B
qherzber@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8624

F. Corey Roberts

F. Corey Roberts
Associate Professor
Department of German
HH 426
fcr3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7583

David Smith

David Smith
Professor
Director, Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning
Department of German
HH 425
dsmith@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8609

Talk to us

F. Corey Roberts F. Corey Roberts
Department Chair
Department of German
HH 426
fcr3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7583

Admissions

Connect with your counselor via email, phone, or in person. They'd love to hear from you and answer your questions!

Or, ask us your questions on Facebook.

In the fall and spring our counselors travel throughout the world to meet with students—see if they'll be in your area!

Teach This

Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in German as a:

Calvin's teacher education program also contains education-specific course requirements that you must complete prior to certification. See course requirements for:

Professor Robert Keeley talks about the education program.

Learn More

Explore Calvin's teacher education program.

Contact David Smith for more information about teacher certification in German

Read the teacher education guidebook for more detailed information about certification.

You may also be interested in: