We host the only annual German-language German Undergraduate Research Conference in the United States. Our students help to plan and also participate in this conference. We offer unique courses in Ger 101 For the Workplace and Ger 230 German for Human Rights. Qualifying students may take Ger 102 or 201 during May term in Germany.
A Strong Humanities Perspective with Career Preparation
Part of the Humanities at IWU since 1895, our program guides students as they explore "what it means to be human" through the lens of the German cultural tradition. While doing so, students gain interdisciplinary expertise in German speaking countries, fluency in German, critical thinking skills, communication and intercultural communication skills. Gain practical vocabulary and life skills and an advanced level in Ger 310 German Business Culture. Trace German roots in Illinois. Learn the flexibility that comes from study abroad and a degree at one of the top liberal arts schools.
Personalized advising from faculty members. Engaging professors who are active researchers. Meet current students who have studied abroad. Apply for grants (Fulbright, Congress-Bundestag Award, Teaching Assistantship in Austria). Network with IWU alumni and explore their career paths. Like the department on
German Undergraduate Research Conference
Gain practical experience presenting a research project in German at our annual German Undergraduate Research Conference in April. It is the only German-language conference for undergraduates in the country.
Study Abroad and Internships
Take Ger 102 or Ger 201 in Bremen during May Term. Go on a May Term Travel Course. Study abroad for a semester or year. Complete an internship in Germany or using German in the U.S. (e.g. Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis/St. Paul).
German Studies News and Events
For information on our program contact: Prof. Sonja Fritzsche (309-556-3290)
Fall 2014 - Courses
Ger 101 For the Workplace
Ger 201 (LA)
Ger 230 German for Human
Ger 488 From Democracy to
LC 170 German Realism (IT)
Spring 2015 - Courses
Ger 202 (G)
Ger 312 Intro to German Lit (Lit)
LC 112 German Romanticism (IT)
LC 116 German Postwar
Cinema (Art, G)