German majors graduating from Calvin College have been successful in many different fields. In addition to the language skills gained, enhanced intercultural skills are relevant to many areas of work and ministry today, and enable graduates as they work at fulfilling the biblical call to exercise hospitality to strangers and to be a blessing when interacting in foreign settings.

Quick Facts
  • 100%

    of 2013 German graduates that were employed or in graduate school within one year of completing a degree

  • 100%

    German majors who study abroad (2011-14).

  • 120

    Number of millions of people worldwide speak who German

Careers to consider

The German major and minor programs both train you to become a German specialist and provide you with a solid and rich foundation for a variety of professions. In the past two decades German majors and minors graduating from Calvin College have been successful in many different fields, including:

  • Elementary education
  • Secondary education
  • College education
  • Educational specialist in an American Goethe Institut
  • International business (Germany is the largest foreign employer in the USA)
  • International banking
  • Christian ministry
  • Art History
  • Musical performance
  • United States foreign service
  • United States Custom Service
  • Journalism
  • Missions
  • International development
  • Publishing
  • Travel
Our Stories
  • Heidi TDB

    Heidi

    Graduation Year: 2011
    Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

    Heidi is the Center Manager at Language Stars in Chicago, an agency that offers foreign language immersion programs for children. Here, she combines her passions for language and communication by working with parents and children to make the program run smoothly on a day-to-day basis.

  • Jannica TBD

    Jannica

    Graduation Year: 1987
    Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina

    Jannica says that her German education at Calvin opened doors to her current business career: “Before I graduated, I was given the opportunity for internships with two German machinery manufacturers and lived in Germany for 6 months with absolutely no language barrier. Calvin’s German department prepared me exceptionally well – once I was even complimented on how good my English was by a German who hadn’t yet noticed that I wasn’t a native!”