German

School of Humanities

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Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures

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OVERVIEW

The most widely spoken language in Europe, German is an outstanding major for students interested in the sciences, arts, business, education and social sciences.

It has been used for many of the Western world's most important works­ in philosophy, literature, music, art history, theology, psychology, chemistry, physics, engineering and medicine.

Baldwin Wallace's German program offers a practical approach to language study that connects it to real life. You'll learn about current events, literature, communication and sensitivities, cultural history and contemporary lifestyle of German-speaking nationalities.

The integrative program builds competencies in reading, writing, speaking and language comprehension.

Experiential learning is central to the program. You can take advantage of internships, independent study projects, service-learning activities and co-curricular involvement.

Germany, Austria and Switzerland are among the German-speaking countries where you can travel. BW's study abroad offers outstanding opportunities for year-long, semester-long and shorter immersion experiences.

  • Students participating in BW's Seminar in Germany meet in the German capitol building complex (Reichstagsgebäude) in the plenary meeting room of the Social Democratic Party.

    Immerse yourself in German language and culture with BW's three-week seminar in Germany. Pictured, seminar students meet in the German capitol building complex (Reichstagsgebäude), in the Social Democratic Party's plenary meeting room. 

  • Students dance to the "Fliegerlied" at the BW Oktoberfest.

    Enhance your studies by attending cultural events and culinary field trips, participating in a German language table (Stammtisch) and joining German Club. The annual BW Oktoberfest is one of the many events organized by the BW German Club each year. 

  • BW hosts events throughout the year that are popular with the local German-American community. The annual German Advent Vesper Service (Adventsfeier) is led by local Pastor John Hoyer, with readings and songs performed in German by BW students. 

Career Opportunities

Government, education, business and nonprofit sectors seek individuals who are fluent in two or more languages. Examples of positions include:

  • Teacher
  • Arts-related manager
  • Linguist/interpreter
  • Foreign service associate
  • Travel industry coordinator
  • Bilingual executive
  • Curator/archivist
  • Import/export manager

Become a Teacher

Interested in becoming a teacher?

BW has an outstanding teacher education program.

Leading Language of Global Business

German-speaking countries have a strong international business presence. More than 1,100 companies have subsidiaries in the U.S. and over 2,000 American companies conduct business in German-speaking countries.

STUDY OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE BOOSTS SKILLS

Benefits of learning a foreign language are multi-fold and include:

  • Career marketability
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Critical thinking and analytical reasoning
  • Global awareness and intercultural competence
  • Cultural appreciation

CURRICULUM

Offered as a major and minor, German blends comprehensive coursework with dynamic practical application.

It is an outstanding companion major or minor to other disciplines, including the fine arts, science, business, international studies, mathematics, psychology, political science, history and philosophy.

German courses are open to students of all majors. If you have previously taken classes in German in high school, you will be required to complete a placement test prior to registering for courses.

Within the foreign language department, BW offers additional majors and minors in French and Spanish. Instruction also is available for Arabic, Chinese and Italian.

Course Catalog

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.

STUDENT EXPERIENCES

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities that include:

STUDENT CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

German Club
The club provides an opportunity for students to explore and learn about the German language and culture outside the classroom. Other foreign language clubs include the French Club, Italian Club, Middle Eastern Culture Club and Spanish Club.

Language Tables
Language tables are a great opportunity to practice your foreign language skills outside the classroom. All language levels are welcomed.

International Film Series
An annual event on campus, the International Film Series showcases films representing a variety of cultures.

Evenings of Culture: German-American Kulturabend
Held during the school year, the events highlight the present day German instruction at BW while paying tribute to the institution's German heritage, as represented through the union of Baldwin University and German Wallace College.

ALUMNI SUCCESS

At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.

Baldwin Wallace has long championed the success of its students. Evidence of this can be seen in the extraordinary achievements of its alumni spread throughout the United States and the world. Among recent accolades, 92 percent of graduates from the Class of 2014 reported being in rewarding jobs or in graduate school studies within six months after graduation.

Recent graduates with German degrees are finding success in a variety of careers. 

Katherine BrinkKatherine Brink '13 is industry analyst and copy editor for The Freedonia Group in Cleveland. At BW, Katherine worked as a course assistant and student consultant for BW's business plan clinic. She graduated from BW with degrees in German and English. She is from Strongsville, Ohio.

Leanora LangeLeanora Lange ’08 is processing and institutional archivist at Center for Jewish History in New York working with German language collections. Her translation and adaptation of Georg Büchner’s “Woyzeck,” entitled “Chop-Chop-Zig-Zag-Woyzeck,” was performed at FringeNYC in 2015. She is from Newton Falls, Ohio.

Cliff BenderCliff "Abe" Bender ’05 is developer at Hyland Software in Westlake, Ohio. Cliff was hired immediately after graduation and says his study abroad and double major in German has given him an international edge that has led to multiple career advancements. He was born in Kyoto, Japan and grew up in Granger, Ohio.

FACULTY

Full-Time Faculty

Stephen J. Hollender
Professor of German
Ph.D., University of Iowa

Adjunct Faculty

Dora Solymosi
Lecturer in German
M.S., Case Western Reserve University