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 2016 German graduates employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation.

  • 100%

    of German majors study abroad.

  • 200

    million people worldwide speak 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
  • Translator
  • Researcher
  • Foreign Service Worker (Peace Corps, VISTA, AmeriCorps, USAID)
  • Nonprofit Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Art History
  • Musical performance
  • United States foreign service
  • United States Custom Service
  • Journalism
  • Missions
  • International development
  • Publishing
  • Travel
  • Interpreter
  • Linguistics
  • Health Services Worker
  • ESL Teacher
  • Educational Administrator for Study Abroad Programs
Our Stories

Janaya Crevier


Graduation Year: 2016
Hometown: Chicago

Janaya is a German major and departmental scholarship recipient who spent time studying German in Vienna, Austria. Here's why she chose Calvin: "Calvin’s strong German department with its excellent study abroad offerings is the primary reason I chose to study here, and I have not been disappointed in the least."

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Heidi TDB


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.

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Jannica TBD


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!”

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