German majors and minors must study in a country where German is the official language. You can choose from various opportunities to meet this requirement. Consider our Münster Program, one of Luther’s oldest study-abroad programs. Live with a German family and immerse yourself in German culture while earning Luther credits. Two scholarship funds are available to help make study abroad more accessible.
Pursue a six-month paid internship at the Henkel Corporation Düsseldorf headquarters. Henkel is a global consumer products company known for brands such as Loctite, Persil, and Dial. You will work with a supervisor to develop a specialized work plan and become part of the Henkel team. Luther-Henkel interns have described the experience as “life-changing.”
Many of our students successfully apply for Fulbright English teaching assistantships in Germany and Austria.
What You’ll Learn
As a German major or minor, you’ll graduate with the ability to:
- Speak German at the intermediate-high language proficiency level
- Connect and communicate with people from German-speaking cultures
- Understand the practices and perspectives of German-speaking cultures
- Analyze the cultural production of and diversity within the German-speaking world
- Use your intercultural knowledge and skills to reflect on your own cultural identity
Language immersion experience
German majors must complete at least one semester of academic study in a country where German is an official language.
For German minors, we require at least one January Term (or a similar program) of academic study in a German-speaking country.
You’re encouraged to complete courses in German during your final semesters at Luther. This will help you maintain and advance your language skills.
Careers and Outcomes
Luther German alumni find success in both language-based and language-related careers.
In language-based careers, graduates generally use their German every day. These careers include:
- Software/technology localization (adapting software/technology for a specific country)
Living in a German-speaking country also turns any career into a language-based career.
In language-related careers, our graduates put their intercultural competency to work. Language-related careers include, but are not limited, to:
- International politics and policy
- Development work
- International education
- Working for any of the 3,500 German-majority-owned businesses in the US!
Knowledge of German can also be an advantage in many other occupations:
- Practitioner of international law
- Any position in the publishing industry
Finally, Germany is a powerhouse for research, especially in the sciences. Graduate work in Germany is very affordable, but requires proof of language skills. Why not develop them at Luther College?
Our Latest Fulbright Scholars
Luther alumni Annika Dome ’22 and Soren Gloege ’21 have been selected as Fulbright English Teaching Assistants to Germany for the 2022–23 academic year. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected based upon leadership potential, academic achievement, and record of service.
Join a National Honors Society
The German program at Luther College is the Sigma Kappa chapter of the National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha, one of only five chapters in Iowa.