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German Studies

You will study the language, literature, culture, historical development and politics of German-speaking countries and emerge prepared for graduate school or a range of careers. Your professors will encourage you to participate in an exchange program with the University of Dortmund.

Danielle Gauthier ’15 on a tower in the Altstadt of Tuebingen, Germany.
Danielle Gauthier ’15 on a tower in the Altstadt of Tuebingen, Germany.

A student’s dual passions reveal a career path

Danielle Gauthier ’15 believes in following one’s academic passions, which for her meant a double major in German studies and English. Study in Germany improved her language skills and gave her a chance to teach English to schoolchildren. The whole experience cemented her desire to teach English in Germany after she graduates. If she hadn’t followed her two passions, Gauthier says, she never would have discovered her love for teaching English as a second language. Her many activities on the Hill have included teaching English at a local refugee center.

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Emily Johnston '10 in Germany.

A graduate’s progress: building a business

Emily Johnston ’10 wasn’t thinking about jobs when she chose German as one of her majors (history is the other) at Hamilton College, but her affinity for the language helped inspire a career.  She is parlaying her language and knowledge of Germany into her own business, Wanderlust Travels, a summer program in Germany for high school students.

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