Your German mentor will help you catch the spirit of learning the language while experiencing the culture of Germany. First, they’ll find the best resources for you on campus: German Club and the German National Honor Society. They’ll then help you set your sights on being a language counselor for Concordia Language Villages’ German Village, Waldsee, or traveling abroad for a week, month, semester, or year.

From outside to inside the classroom the German program utilizes traditional and new methods of learning, communicating, and engaging to make connections across disciplines and cultures. From dancing, Kahoot games, watching films and videos, to singing, the German program at Concordia College provides a variety of language-learning techniques to fit a growing world. 

Programs of Study

German is important, relevant, and enjoyable as a foreign language. Germany is the economic powerhouse of the European Union and the second largest exporting nation in the world. It also has a long tradition in music, philosophy,  and art and is a leader in innovation in all areas. Pairing your German major or minor with any other academic area will give you a career advantage and will enrich your life, both here and abroad.

Major or Minor in German

Through coursework and a unique set of on-campus, off-campus, and overseas opportunities, students achieve high proficiency levels in the German language and attain a high degree of cultural awareness of the German-speaking world. Taken individually or in conjunction with other majors, studying German will give students a leading edge in a global society in any professional pursuit.

Major in International Business with a Major or Minor in German

Consider pairing German with a major in international business.

Major in German Education

This major will prepare you to teach German to students in grades K-12.

Major in Elementary Education with an add-on endorsement in World Languages

Optional endorsement for elementary education majors

Undergraduate Academic Certificate in German for the Workplace

This new certificate will enable you to communicate effectively in diverse international settings, enhancing your career prospects.

Special Opportunities

Students can become involved in a variety of activities that combine language learning, culture, and getting to know fellow German students. There is a wide variety of opportunities for German students both during their time here at Concordia and after graduation.

German Club

Concordia’s German Club has many on- and off-campus events throughout the academic year. You can practice your German at the weekly Kaffeeklatsch events, watch German movies, take part in the yearly advent calendar sale, attend holiday events, and much more.

German Honor Society

Kappa Tau is Concordia’s chapter of Delta Phi Alpha, the German National Honor Society. It annually honors the achievements of outstanding students in promoting German language and culture.

Concordia Language Villages

Language students at Concordia have the opportunity to visit and even work at Concordia Language Villages, located in Bemidji, Minnesota, for a few weekends each semester.

Scholarship Opportunities

Federation Scholarship

Spend a year at one of 20 German universities and get paid! Each year, the German program is awarded one scholarship by the Federation of German-American Clubs to send one of our students to study in Germany for the academic year.

Fulbright Scholarships

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides for individually designed study/research projects and for English Teaching Assistantship programs. The programs in Germany last for 10 months. The English Teaching Assistant programs place grantees in schools overseas to supplement local English language instruction in the classroom. Candidates assist in teaching American studies, including English language, to German students at pre-university levels.

Applicants for the study/research grants design their own projects — in either academic or art fields — and work with advisors at foreign universities and other institutes. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree.

Fulbright Students 2019 
Three graduating seniors from the German department received Fulbright grants in the 2018-2019 selection year. From left: Hannah Allen (German), McKayle Carter (German), Toby Kindem (German), and Alex Rankin (Chinese)

Dr. Gay Rawson

Chair, World Languages and Cultures; Professor of French French, World Languages and Cultures, Women's and Gender Studies