Offered by the German department.

German is the widest-used language in the European Union; you’ll hear it in Austria, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. As you study this modern language in Wheaton’s close-knit community, you’ll explore German literature, pop culture, current events, and politics. Spend a semester or year abroad to practice your conversational German and experience everyday life in another culture. Majoring in German language and literature prepares you for careers in education, business,, foreign service, and translation. Our graduates have also served in the Peace Corps, taught abroad as Fulbright scholars, and earned advanced degrees in law, medicine, MBA, linguistics, theology, public policy.



90% of German and German Studies majors from the past five years have found employment, attended graduate school or achieved a fellowship or service opportunity within six months of graduation *

of German and German Studies majors

Recent Graduates

Sample First Jobs

  • Operations Coordinator, WorldStrides
  • Project Planner, Price Intelligently
  • Teacher, Council on International Educational Exchange

Sample Graduate Schools

  • Fontbonne University
  • Harvard University
  • University College London

*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 73% for the classes of 2014-2018

Recent student internships

The Wheaton Edge offers experiences beyond the classroom.

Sydney Murphy

2021, German Studies, Neuroscience

Barbara Frelinghuysen Israel Internship

Atlantis Fellowship, Belgrade, Serbia

I experienced the stress that doctors feel, the importance of education and training and the impact that medical care can have on communities. The program changed my expectation of life after medical school and kindled my passion for providing healthcare to others.

Marnie Sugarman

2020, Anthropology, German Studies

For Once in Life Wheaton Fund Internship

ATC Studios, Clifton, NJ

I learned that I can be an effective stage manager, as well as an effective administrative assistant.