• Overview
  • Faculty
  • Career Tracks
  • Off-Campus Study

German

Overview

Ripon College offers a major and minor in German. Germany always has evoked romantic visions of castles, classical music and high-quality cars. Who hasn’t heard of Neuschwanstein, Beethoven and Mercedes-Benz? But what about German for today’s students? The study of foreign languages, literature and cultures broadens horizons and fosters critical thinking. Those skills are particularly important in a world of technological revolution. Foreign languages, literature, linguistics and philosophy all are part of Ripon’s German curriculum; therefore, students gain broad perspective and skills. As the world’s third largest economy, the study of German has very practical benefits as well.

Advising

Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

Advising at Ripon.

Faculty

Andrew Prellwitz

Andrew Prellwitz

Chair of the Library, Adjunct Instructor of German, Associate Librarian, User Services

PrellwitzA@ripon.edu
Lorna Sopcak

Lorna Sopcak

Associate Professor of German, Chair of German Department, Director of the Bonn Program

sopcakl@ripon.edu

Career Tracks

What can I do with a German major?

The skills you develop as a German major can lead to careers in research and teaching in universities as well as opportunities abroad. It also provides a background for further work in other disciplines of the social sciences, humanities and biological sciences, and the communication, critical-thinking, problem-solving skills our graduates develop have served them well in a broad range of fields.

Recent graduates have taken many paths, including graduate school programs in biochemistry, cancer biology, theology and law; and careers as chemists, publicists, college administrators and public school teachers.

Recent graduates of our program work for:

  • Berlitz Language Center
  • Corporate Translations Inc.
  • Edelman Public Relations
  • Lakeland College
  • Literacy Council
  • Marquette University
  • Milwaukee Public Schools
  • National Exchange Bank & Trust
  • Neenah High School
  • United Nations

Job titles of recent graduates include:

  • Human resources coordinator
  • Associate linguistic validation project manager
  • Director of admissions
  • German teacher
  • Credit analyst
  • Special education – kindergarten
  • EMT
  • Consultant

Off-Campus Study

The University of Bonn Program

bonnRipon College’s Bonn program assists students, regardless of their academic majors, in understanding Germany and its culture. Students with sufficient language skills can take courses in almost any field, while those who need it receive intensive training in German. Students may enroll for either one semester or for a full-year program. In either case, Bonn University’s Akademisches Auslandsamt ensures that they are fully integrated into university life. Ripon College’s International Study Program at Bonn is not your ordinary German program; you won’t be hanging out with a bunch of Americans taking American courses. But as Amy Letcher ’99 says, “It was the best time of my life. Not only did I learn to travel and become independent, I also learned German and made many wonderful friends.”

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off- Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College