Students - and their parents - frequently ask, "What can you do with a German major?" The answer is, "Practically anything." While a number of Dartmouth graduates are presently teaching German Studies at the university level1 or German language and culture in secondary schools,2 far more are employed in law, medicine, business, government service, the arts, etc., where they may or may not make direct use of their linguistic skills (For a very small sample, see the Career Services list for German Studies under "From Majors to Careers.") In this regard, a major or a minor in German Studies is like any other concentration in a liberal arts setting: it serves to broaden a student's horizons and acumen, rather than to provide vocational training. Even those students who engage in post-graduate study in Germany may or may not follow a career path that directly makes use of the knowledge they gain there.3 The study of German does of course include competence in the language, and this ability has frequently opened doors for alumni: approximately 150 of them live in the German-speaking countries, and even more use their knowledge of German language and culture in their occupations (see "Why Study German?"). Nevertheless, as is true of any major within a liberal arts context, German Studies primarily intends to give students a critical understanding of a particular academic area. It should also be pointed out that many students complete a second major in another subject, as well.
At the same time, however, a concentration in German Studies does offer some unusual features. Students not only explore an extraordinarily rich cultural tradition, one that has thoroughly influenced almost every other field of study, but they do so in a very individual and personal setting. The department's small size encourages close relationships between students and faculty, as do the programs in Berlin, which normally form a part of a student's course of study. The Kade German Center, the German Club, and the various internship opportunities in Germany are also part of the mix.
1 Those teaching in German Studies include David Bathrick '58, Jack Zipes '59, John Walker '60, Mark Cory '63, Ray Wakefield '64, John Harbaugh '66, John Hargraves '66, Michael Jennings '72, Thomas Beebee '77, William Rollins '84, Sunka Simon [exchange student '84-5], Deborah Keyek-Franssen '85, Patricia Doykos-Duquette '86, Tracey M. Kloeckl '87, Johannes von Moltke '89, Christopher Schnader '90, Eric Ames '91, Fatima Naqvi-Peters '94, and Brigitta Wagner '00. Some other students who did graduate work in German or related fields and then moved on to other areas, academic or not: Gary Moucha '72, Timothy Cole '73, John C. Pruitt '74, Carolynn Bush Luby '77, Dennis P. Kehoe '77, Kathleen O'Connor '78, Carol Herrmann '81, Mildred Zinck '87, Lisa Gates '88, Joann Halpern '88, Jody Washburn '88, Claus von Zastrow '91.
2 e.g. Martin Uebel '33, Jeannine Goode-Allen '84, Lisa Johnson Svec '86, Jere Brophy '88. Many graduates have taught German at the secondary level for a while and then taken up something else - most often going on to law school.
3 Since 1970, at least 96 Dartmouth students have received Fulbright or DAAD Fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service for a year's post-graduate study. Some are now engaged in German Studies or other academic fields; far more are physicians, attorneys, engineers, and business people; there are others working in both domestic and international non-profits, a city planner, a producer of educational videos, a squash coach, an economic journalist based in Switzerland, a professional musician, and a sculptress. Our records of awardees are not complete, but the list includes students from the following classes: 1970: George Sheldon; 1972: Ian Duncanson, Gary Moucha; 1973: Gary Sporcich; 1975: Alan Roeder; 1979: Brian Boyer, Proctor Reid; 1981: James Cohn; 1982: David Eichman, Douglas Latham, Mark Michigan, Daniel Price, Joseph Reinkemeyer, Jr., Robin Shaffert; 1983: Susanna Fox, Guy Bacigalupi, Michael Colby; 1984: Deborah Magocsi, Mark Russi, William Rollins, Roy Waldron, Jon Welch; 1985: Laura Landrum, Lisa Schmitt; 1986: Mary Beckman, James Kallman, Edwin Radke, Steven Stichter; 1987: Christina Schutz Brownell, Kimball Halsey, Millie Zinck; 1988: Sarah Anderson, Uwe Brandes, Lisa Gates, Joann Halpern; 1989: Ken Horton, Tom Wise; 1990: Peter Harvey (declined), Gary Siuzdak (Grad), Susy Svatek Ziegler; 1991: Carol Bertucci, Leonard Jones; Christopher Schnader; 1992: Gretchen Almy, Luke Hajec, Jill Hopper, J. Scott McBride, Henry Spindler, Christopher Wall; 1993: Luke Hajek; 1994: John Russell Martin, Jr., Marion Shonn; 1996: Naomi Parker, Holden Spaht, Jr.; 1997: Daniel Fehlauer; 1999: Frances Baxley, Lauren Zipse; 2000: Brigitta Wagner; 2001: Julia Fuld; 2002: Anna Linzee MacDonald, Radha Neelakantan; 2005: Alexia Huffman, Christopher McMullen-Laird, Krista Sande-Kerback, Ariel Stern-Markovitz; 2006: Benjamin Barnes, Peter Hughes, James Redfield; 2007: Theresa Hughes (declined), William Stork, Benjamin Taylor, Ezra Tzfadya; 2008: Sara Ludin; 2009: Joanna Brooks, Michael Chinen, Theresa Hughes, Yevgenya Strakovsky, Peter Seel, Jessica Schuster, Wendell Smith; 2010: Katie Ferguson, Calder Fong, Alexander Lambrow, Stephanie Siegmund, Susannah Thompson, Peter Verovsek; 2011: Michael Chen, Claire Scott, Ezekiel Feibelman Turner; 2012: Christopher Zarbock; 2014: Jane Cavalier, Saida Makhmudzade, Elise Seyferth; 2015: Maia A. Salholz-Hillel, Trevelyan Wing (declined).
Five others spent a year in Germany on Rotary Fellowships: Deborah Keyek-Franssen '85, Jody Washburn '88, Christopher Schnader '90, Courtney Mottinger '95, and Rebecca Kilhefner '95. And 11 more have been awarded Reynolds Fellowships by Dartmouth for study in Germany or, in one case, Switzerland: Deborah Cohen '83, Richard Coleman '85, Mary Beckman '86, Theresa Hughes '04, Giulia C.S. Good Stefani '01, Daniel B. Schwartz '94, Christopher McMullen-Laird '05, Joanna Brooks '09, Tomas Andersen '10, Nicholas Andrews '10, Maia Pfeffer '11, Nathan Gusdorf '12. Dartmouth General Fellowships have gone to Samantha Fox '08, Sara Ludin '08, and Susannah Thompson '08 for studies in Berlin.
The Dartmouth Rittelmeyer Exchange, the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowships Program, the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, and the (now-discontinued) Robert Bosch Foundation/Deutsches Studentenwerk Tutor Program have given still other Dartmouth students opportunities for a year's study in Germany.
Last Updated: 7/7/15