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College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Modern and Classical Languages

German Studies

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Why pursue a German Studies degree from North Central College?

The German Studies major allows students the opportunity to pursue their interest in the study of the cultures German-speaking countries, such as Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, through supplementary courses while maintaining a high level of proficiency in the language.

The study German cultures has a number of obvious connections. This course of study incorporates elective courses from Art, Communications, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science and Religion—plus additional courses can be requested—to meet a broad of student interests.

A study abroad experience is strongly encouraged for students in German Studies, and the multiple destinations supported by the Center for Global Education at North Central College makes this very feasible.

The choice between the German Studies major and the German major provides North Central students with options that very few other institutions offer.

German Studies, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Modern and Classical Languages.

Major Requirements

A major in German Studies (GRST) consists of at least 33 credit hours, including:

    • 24 credit hours taught in German (GRMN)
  • GRST 480 - German Studies Capstone

    GRST 480 - German Studies Capstone

    2.00 credit hours

    Advanced analysis of a problem related to German studies. Includes a portfolio consisting of a collection of documents including revised work from prior courses, and reflections on the student's growth as a German Studies major. Additional assignments may be included, but the portfolio must represent any two of the four communicative skills and then three artifacts demonstrating three different avenues of study of German cultures. Finally, the portfolio includes evidence of the student's extracurricular participation in the German program. Required for the German Studies major. Taught in English.

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German Studies Electives

Seven credit hours from the following:
  • GRST 240 - Dictators, Terrorists and Hooligans: Sport in Germany and Europe

    GRST 240 - Dictators, Terrorists and Hooligans: Sport in Germany and Europe

    4.00 credit hours

    This course examines the confluence of violence and sport in Germany and beyond. Topics include the Third Reich and the 1936 Berlin Olympics, terrorism and the 1972 Munich Olympics, as well as professional soccer leagues. Taught in English.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

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  • GRST 360 - War, Revolution and Chaos: Germany and Two World Wars

    GRST 360 - War, Revolution and Chaos: Germany and Two World Wars

    4.00 credit hours

    An interdisciplinary examination of German society from the fall of the monarchy, WWI, revolutions, the Third Reich, WWII, and the division of Germany. Taught in English.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • GRST 364 - Castles, Cathedrals and Culture I: German History and Identity

    GRST 364 - Castles, Cathedrals and Culture I: German History and Identity

    2.00 credit hours

    Examination of historical and geographic factors that have contributed to the creation of German identities historically, and their implications for today. Supports GRST 365 (Mayterm travel/study course in Germany). Taught in English.

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  • GRST 365 - Castles, Cathedrals and Culture II:German History and Identity

    GRST 365 - Castles, Cathedrals and Culture II:German History and Identity

    1.00 credit hours

    Study of German culture, history and identity in Germany. Taught in English.

    Prerequisite(s)

    GRST 364 or one course from German or German studies.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Experiencing Place.

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  • GRST 380 - Vampires, Seductresses, Villains and Misfits: German Film and the Individual

    GRST 380 - Vampires, Seductresses, Villains and Misfits: German Film and the Individual

    4.00 credit hours

    This course introduces students to German films which thematize the individual in a social context while simultaneously teaching students about the history German film, its style and perspective, as well familiarizing students to epochs of German history, and how each film problematizes the individual as a product of and reaction to history, society, and culture. Taught in English.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Global Understanding.

    Schedule Of Classes

Note:

Up to four credit hours from the following electives may be substituted for any of the above electives:

  • ARTH 100 - World Histories I 
  • ARTH 102 - World Histories II 
  • ARTH 302 - Modern Art 
  • COMM 317 - Intercultural Communication 
  • HIST 256 - Renaissance and Reformation Europe 
  • HIST 258 - Early Modern Europe 
  • HIST 285 - Twentieth-Century Europe: Hitler Versus Stalin 
  • PHIL 265 - Modern Philosophy 
  • PHIL 270 - Aesthetics 
  • PHIL 370 - 20th Century Philosophy 
  • With approval, the following courses may also serve as electives:
    • GLST courses focusing on German Studies
    • POLS 300 - Great Decisions in International Politics 
    • POLS 321 Model United Nations 

*Students may not complete both the German major and the German Studies major.

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

German Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Internships

Recent graduates in German have done the following: • German

  • German Parliament, Berlin, Germany
  • Aldi Management, Batavia, IL
  • Internet banking intern, Coldwell Banker, Naperville
  • Office Max, Naperville
  • Campaign intern, 2010 U.S. Rep. candidate Ben Lowe, Lombard, IL
  • Archives intern, North Central College
  • Teaching assistant, Hölderlin Gymnasium, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Assistant at the brewery, Brauerei Zum Klosterhof, Germany
  • German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Chicago

Careers

Recent graduates in German include:

  • International marketing
  • International banking
  • International business
  • Cultural liaisons
  • Teacher
  • Foreign operations secretaries
  • Lawyers
  • Brewery and brewer
  • Communication specialists
  • Hotel managers
  • Directors of cultural studies program
  • Librarians
  • Travel guides
  • Translators
  • Fulbright Scholar English Teaching Assistant

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