Professor Sigrid Suesse; Associate Professor Emily Stow (MCLC Chair) and Visiting Assistant Professor Rebeccah Dawson (Coordinator)


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A major in world languages prepares the conscientious student for graduate school, teaching, international business, the travel industry, social work, foreign missions, and work in volunteer agencies such as the Peace Corps and Doctors without Borders. Language majors are encouraged to take advantage of the many study abroad opportunities offered by Georgetown College. a language major or minor is also a valuable complement to other majors such as political science, business, computer science, music, art, english, history, and theatre. Majors and minors are offered in French, German, and Spanish. MCLC also offers a German Studies major. Majors, minors, and general education students reach different levels of proficiency; however, in accordance with guidelines from the Common European Framework (CEF), and more specifically with the national guidelines (5Cs) from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), all world language students at Georgetown College will:

Communicate in languages other than English;

Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures, including their art, film, literature, history, music, etc.;

Connect with other disciplines;

Make comparisons to other languages and cultures, and develop insights into                                      the nature of language and culture;

Participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.


Students with two or more years of high school German must take the language placement exam before taking courses in German. Students who have successfully completed 200-level courses will not be allowed to take 100-level courses for credit, and students who have successfully completed 300- or 400-level courses will not be allowed to take 100-level courses or 201. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the departmental chair. This policy applies to students who have taken language courses at Georgetown College or another college or university.


Major in German

Thirty hours required in German above the 100 level, including 230, 310, 318/418, 319/419, 345/445, 365/465, 389/489, and 399/499, three of which must be at the 400-level. Allied requirement: HIS 343. Those seeking certification in teaching must also take GER 402 (for a total of 36 hours). Majors are expected to reach the Intermediate-High Level in accordance with ACTFL guidelines, B2.1 in accordance with CEF. All students pursuing a major in German are encouraged to study abroad in a German-speaking country, but those who start with 101 must do so in order to complete the program within four years. This major in German is the traditional major for students for whom mastering the language is as important as studying the culture and literature of the German-speaking world. It is the appropriate major for students who want to teach or go on to do graduate work in German or a related field.


It is the appropriate major for students who want to teach or go on to do graduate work in German or a related field.


Major in German Studies

(B.A. degree) Thirty-six hours required. Twenty-four hours required in German courses above the 100 level, including 230, 310, 318/418 or 319/419, 345/445, 389/489, 399/499, and including at least one 400-level course; six hours of German or European history courses from HIS 323, HIS 333, HIS 343; six hours of courses in related areas from the List of Approved Electives or by special approval of the program director. Courses used to satisfy other majors or minors cannot be counted. The course of studies offered with this major is designed for students who are interested in the German-speaking world and its culture but do not have the need to master the language actively beyond the Intermediate-Mid level. It is the appropriate major for students interested and/or majoring in such related areas as history, political sciences, the arts, music, etc. who want to add a special expertise. It is also the appropriate major for those students who have not studied German before coming to GC and do not have the possibility to study abroad.



Eighteen hours required in German above the 100 level, including 230 and 310. Minors are expected to reach the Intermediate-Mid Level in accordance with ACTFL guidelines, B1.2 in accordance with CEF. GER 402 will not count towards the minor.


101-102. Elementary German I and II. In this two-course sequence, the four language skills of speaking, listening, writing, and reading German are developed. In addition students become familiar with aspects of the culture of the German-speaking countries. One hour lab per week is required. Elementary German I Fall; Elementary German II     Spring


201. Intermediate German. (3 hours) This course is the third of a three-semester sequence designed to bring students to the proficiency level of the Georgetown College Foundations and Core requirement. Students enhance their abilities in the four language skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading through review, “recycling”, and further study of structures, vocabulary and contemporary culture. One-hour lab per week is required. Prerequisite: GER 102 or by placement exam.           Fall


230. Intermediate German II. (3 hours) This course is designed to help students solidify and develop their speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills through review and study of structures and an increased emphasis on vocabulary building. Through readings of authentic German “texts,” including a children’s book and feature films, students will gain an overview of the political and cultural history of twentieth-century Germany. Prerequisite: GER 201 or equivalent.                Spring


235. Conversation and Composition. (3 hours) Practice in speaking and writing on varied topics. Prerequisite: GER 230 or instructor’s permission.                                                                                                         As needed


310. German Cultural Traditions. (3 hours) A critical exploration of key moments in German cultural history from its Germanic and Christian origins to the early 1600s. Prerequisite: GER 230 or instructor’s permission.         Fall


318/418. The Long Eighteenth Century: Sense and Sensibility, Soaring Genius, Simplicity and Beauty. (3 hours) Students are introduced to the German-speaking world and culture of the 18th century. Representative works by major writers, artists, and thinkers of the Age of Sensibility, the Enlightenment, Storm and Stress, and Weimar Classicism are studied against the background of historical and intellectual developments. Aside from original and translated texts we will use modern German and non-German theater, film, and TV adaptations to enhance our understanding of both past and contemporary issues. Prerequisite: GER 230 for 318, three 300-level courses for 418.                                                                                                            Odd Springs


319/419. The Nineteenth Century: Restoration, Revolution, Resignation, Realism. (3 hours) Students are introduced to the German-speaking world and culture of the 19th century. Representative works by major writers, artists, and thinkers of Romanticism, Young Germany, Biedermeier, and Realism are studied against the background of historical and intellectual developments. Aside from original and translated texts we will use modern German and non-German theater, film, and TV adaptations to enhance our understanding of the impact of 19th-century thought on both past and contemporary national and international cultural and political developments. Prerequisite: GER 230 for 319, three 300-level courses for 419.        Even Springs


340/440. Independent Study. (1, 2, 3 hours) Prerequisite: 230 for 340, three 300-level courses for 440.          As needed


345/445. Literature, Culture, Politics 1905-1945: Expression, Excess, Crisis, Collapse. (3 hours) In this course students are introduced to the political and social conditions of Germany during the first half of the twentieth century. We will study the German-speaking cultural production inside and outside of Germany—the intriguing artistic responses to the turbulent times of the young century and the waning years of the empires, the dramatic reactions to the triumphs and trials of the new democracy of the Weimar Republic, and the acts and works of collaboration, arrangement, exile, and resistance during the twelve dark years of National Socialist reign and war. Prerequisite: GER 230 for 345, three 300-level courses for 445.                               Even Springs


355. German for the Professions. (3 hours) The study and practice of German specialized vocabulary used in business and the professions combined with an exploration of relevant cultural practices in the German-speaking countries. Prerequisite: GER 230.        As needed


365/465. Literature, Culture, Politics 1945-1965: Collapse to Economic Miracle. (3 hours) A close look at cultural and political life in the German-speaking world after the so-called zero hour of 1945. Special attention is paid to attitudes toward the problematical recent past and the different ways in which the people in the two German states with their differing political structures and ideologies do or do not attempt or manage to come to terms with it during these years of rebuilding. Works studied include texts and artifacts by Swiss, Austrian, and German authors, artists, and film makers. Prerequisite: GER 230 for 365, three 300-level courses for 465.            Even Falls


370/470. Topics in German Language/Culture/Literature. (3 hours) Study of special topics announced at advanced registration. Prerequisite: GER 230 for 370, three 300-level courses for 470.             As needed


389/489. From 1968 to the Fall of the Wall and Reunification: Revolution West and Revolution East. (3 hours) A close look at cultural and political life in the German-speaking world during the frequently turbulent years from the late sixties to the Wende and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the problems of reunification in the 1990s. Artistic responses studied include literary works of various genres, works of fine art of various types, and film and television productions ranging from cartoons and short films to documentaries and feature films. Prerequisite: GER 230 for 389, three 300-level courses for 489.

Odd Springs


399/499. 2000 and Beyond: The Contemporary German Scene. (3 hours) A study of contemporary German life ranging from its representation in the mass media, in literature, and in the visual arts to the specific nature of its central political and cultural institutions to ongoing discussions of German national identity in a European and global context. Prerequisite: GER 230 for 399, three 300-level courses for 499.                                                                                                                 Odd Falls


402. Teaching of World Languages. (3 hours) Methods and materials for the teaching of foreign languages. Taught in English.  GER 402 only counts for the German Major seeking certification in teaching.  It will not count towards the major or minor.  Prerequisites: Junior standing and two upper-level courses in German.                               Fall as needed

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  • Translation/Interpretation
  • Journalism/Broadcasting
  • Linguistics
  • Diplomacy
  • Civil Service
  • Foreign Service
  • Immigration/Naturalization
  • Intelligence/Law Enforcement
  • Federal government organizations including:
    Overseas aid agencies
    Intelligence and law enforcement agencies: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, Drug Enforcement Administration
    Department of State
  • Immigration and Naturalization Service
  • Customs Service
  • Library of Congress
  • Armed forces
  • Voice of America
Learn federal, state and local job application procedures. Plan to attend a specialized school that teaches foreign languages. Join armed forces as a way to get experience. The government is one of the largest employers of people with foreign language skills.


  • Advertising
  • Translation/Interpretation
  • Journalism/Broadcasting
  • Publishing/Editing
  • Public Relations
  • Museums
  • Foreign news agencies
  • Book publishers
  • TV networks
  • Radio stations
  • Film companies
Learn about the customs and culture of the country in which your language of study is primarily spoken. Spend time studying or working abroad. Read international newspapers to keep up with developments overseas.


  • Translation/Interpretation
  • Banking/Finance
  • Sales
  • Customer Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering/Technical Research
  • Operations Management
  • Consulting
  • Imports/Exports
  • Administrative Services
  • Banks/Financial institutions
  • Import/Export companies
  • Foreign firms operating in the U.S.
  • American firms operating in foreign countries
  • Manufacturers
  • Retail stores
Supplement coursework with business classes. Gain experience through an internship or work abroad program. Find out which companies do business with the countries in which your language of study is spoken. Be prepared to start in a position in the US working for a firm with an overseas presence. Very few entry-level positions are available in international business.


  • Translation/Interpretation
  • Airline Services
  • Management
  • Booking and Reservations
  • Travel Services/Guidance
  • Tour and excursion companies
  • Travel agencies
  • Hotels/Motels
  • Resorts
  • Restaurants
  • Airlines/Airports
  • Cruise lines
  • Railroads
  • Bus lines
  • Convention Centers
Take courses in hotel/restaurant administration. Get a part-time job in a hotel or restaurant to gain experience. Spend some time abroad to learn the traditions of fine dining, wines, etc. Brush up on your knowledge of geography. Plan to attend a travel school. Develop office skills such as typing, organizing, and working with computers. Read international newspapers to keep up with overseas developments.


  • Interpretation: Simultaneous , Consecutive, Conference, Escort/Guide, Judiciary
  • Translation: Literary, Localization, Medical
  • Freelance
  • Educational services
  • Business services
  • Government agencies
  • Healthcare organizations
  • International organizations
  • Courts
  • Publishers
Develop a “near perfect” knowledge of a second language. Seek out any opportunity to converse with native speakers to better learn the language. Gain experience through internships or volunteering. Learn a third language for great job opportunities. Develop aptitude with computers and the Internet. Most people who work in this field freelance. Freelancers who have expertise in a particular area such as law or medicine may find more opportunities. Seek certification or accreditation from an interpretation/translation organization.


  • Translation/Interpretation
  • Educational Administration
  • Linguistics
  • Civil Service
  • Social Work
  • Mission Work
  • Library Science
  • Health Services
  • Hospitals
  • Religious and volunteer organizations
  • International organizations
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Social service agencies
  • Universities/Colleges
  • Pre-schools
  • K-12 schools
  • Professional language schools
  • English language institutes
  • Overseas dependents’ schools
Obtain state teacher licensure for K-12 teaching. Develop superior written and oral communication skills in the English language including proper sentence structure and comprehensive vocabulary. Notify local hospitals, schools, and chambers of commerce of your availability to translate or interpret for international visitors. Minor or double major in another subject that you could also teach. Consider teaching English in another country. Service and Education. Obtain a graduate degree for college or university teaching opportunities. Get experience by becoming a teaching assistant or tutor. Be familiar with the cultural base of your language (literature, art, politics, etc.) as well as with cultural traditions. Specialize in an area of research. Plan to take both written and oral examinations to become an interpreter. Get a part-time job teaching English as a second language. Volunteer with government programs such as Peace Corps or VISTA.

General Information About Foreign Language Studies, Including German

  • Choose an additional academic area of study to supplement the foreign language, preferably one that requires a high degree of technical skill. Most people with foreign language ability use those skills to assist them in a different career field such as business, education, etc.
  • Related courses to study include geography, history, civilization, foreign relations, international law, and world economics.
    Decide and choose which language is necessary for your career. Decide the level of foreign language ability you will need to acquire for success in your career. Possible languages to study: Spanish, German, French, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Hebrew, Arabic and Portuguese.
  • Plan to attend a private language institute to learn additional languages and cultures.
  • Travel to a foreign country or study abroad in international exchange programs to learn different cultures.
  • Study and practice your foreign language skills by reading foreign newspapers, magazines and books.
  • Watch foreign movies and listen to foreign broadcasts to maintain your fluency.
  • Volunteer your language skills to churches, community organizations and programs that work with people who speak your target language.
  • Participate in summer programs, co-ops, and internships to improve your skills.
  • Pen pal with a correspondent from a foreign country.
  • Contact professional associations and read their publications to learn about job opportunities.
  • Research job postings on the Internet to get an idea of jobs in which knowledge of a foreign language is useful.

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