German at Messiah College
Immerse yourself in the German language, culture and literature both at Messiah and abroad.
Ninety-five million people in Europe speak German as a native language, and German is the second most widely studied and spoken second language in many areas of Eastern Europe. As a German major you are preparing to understand and communicate with a large number of Europeans. The Messiah College German program includes a wide variety of courses in the German language, history, literature, culture and civilization.
German major distinctives
As a German major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Choose a secondary major or two minors. (The German major at Messiah is a 42-hour requirement.)
- Take advanced courses dealing intensively with individual authors or periods of special significance. Other courses consider the political, social and cultural histories of the German-speaking people.
- Travel with classmates and faculty on a three-week cross-cultural trip to Germany for further cultural and linguistic immersion.
- Use our state-of-the-art Beatriz Howe Language Laboratory that offers you the ability to improve your listening comprehension, speaking, and pronunciation skills.
- Take regular university courses in literature, history, and politics, bible, theology, physical education, art, theater, psychology, and other areas at Philipps Universität.
Career options for German majors
As a graduate of the German program, students are equipped to secure positions in areas such as:
- High school education
- Higher education
- International business
- Foreign service as translators and interpreters
For more information on career planning for the German program, visit the Messiah College Career and Professional Development Center.
Internship opportunities for German majors
Messiah’s nationally recognized internship program places students in a variety of German internships. A few examples include:
- Internships in Germany during semester abroad
- Braun Corporation, Allentown
- Brethren Colleges Abroad, Elizabethtown
- Messiah College Education Abroad office
- Students completing the German teaching certification also complete the required student teaching experience.
Here at Messiah, you’ll find yourself immersed in German language, culture and literature. As the international demand for students with advanced training in modern languages and cultures increases, employers seek Messiah College graduates for their firsthand experiences, linguistic competence and communication skills.
Introductory-level German courses focus on grammar,
phonetics, conversation and composition. You will also take courses in German
literature as a preparation for study in Germany.
While studying German, you may also decide to receive teaching certification in grades K-12. In addition to general education and German requirements, you will take a variety of education courses, including two field experiences and the student teaching semester.
Study abroad requirement
All German majors are required to spend at least one semester during
their junior year at Philipps
Universität in Marburg, Germany, as part of the Brethren Colleges
Abroad (BCA) Program. Immersion in the German culture will give you practice in
communication skills as well as a clearer understanding of the German people.
You will take courses at the university with German students taught by German
You’ll also experience a four-week intensive German language course in at Internationales Kulturinstitut at Vienna, Austria.
Our faculty, who have studied and lived in German-speaking regions of the world, provide challenging coursework that will develop your linguistic competence and critical skills, as well as provide a profound appreciation of the culture and civilization of the German-speaking people.