The German program at W&J is a nationally recognized Center of Excellence by the AATG. The program develops the skills, knowledge and qualities necessary to communicate and interact in German-speaking cultures around the world.

Courses range from language acquisition to literature and film, and the major can be tailored to the cultural and career interests of the student through independent studies, internships, and funded international opportunities. 

Beyond the Classroom 

Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J.

International Travel

  • Semester-long stays in German-speaking countries (Berlin, Cologne, and Munich, Germany, as well as Vienna, Austria)
  • Summer Magellan projects and internships abroad in German-speaking countries
  • Two-week JayTerm travel courses with W&J faculty & students in January or May to Germany


No matter what your major, the German program provides a compliment to careers in law, science, and the humanities.

Possible career choices include entrepreneur, educator, foreign service, law enforcement, international lawyer, banking, patent attorney, politics, international science researcher, and physician.


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Cathy Altmeyer, M.A.
Assistant Professor of German
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Renate Atzler, M.A.
Instructor of Modern Languages
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Judith Atzler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of German
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Guido Halder, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of German
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Michael Shaughnessy, Ph.D.
Professor of German
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