German Studies

Photo of international flags outside the Weller Center for Business and International Studies.

German studies at Central offer a broad range of classes in language, literature and culture. Graduates of the program work across the country and around the world at the World Bank, at universities in Germany and Austria, as translators for U.S. intelligence and as middle school, high school and university language teachers.

The Central Difference

Live and Learn in Multilingual Facilities

The Language Houses in the Wing International Center offer a unique living alternative for language students, those returning from a semester abroad or anyone who wants a chance to use French, German or Spanish on a daily basis, celebrate native holidays, share experiences and sample diverse foods.

The Weller Center for Business and International Studies houses faculty offices and classrooms for the modern language departments. The $3.9-million building completed in 1999 includes an interactive computer language lab to supplement traditional methods of language learning through phone exchanges, chat groups, recording and listening activities.

Liberal Arts and Management

Study abroad experience led Amy Coughenour ’87 to an international career as CEO of a high-tech nonprofit.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad to enhance their development as global citizens.

Learn more about study abroad.

Beyond Central

Putting the “Hire” in Higher Education

  • German teacher, Waukee High School, Waukee, Iowa
  • President, Clark Translations, Pella
  • Defined benefits coordinator, Principal Financial Group, Des Moines

Central Faculty Receives $71,000 to Benefit Teaching

The Moore Family Foundation Faculty Development Program for Teaching is providing more than $71,000 of grant funding for 13 faculty projects at Central for the 2021-22 academic year.


  • German Club
  • German table
  • German language house

Graduate Placement

Recent German studies graduates have gone on to study in a variety of international fields, including:

  • International business
  • Global management
  • International affairs
  • Law school


Students may choose from internships in many disciplines and professional fields and have access to service-learning opportunities, such as:

  • AMEX
  • Department of Music of the Austrian National Library
  • NGO Committee on Peace
  • Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DOEW)
  • The OpenScience Laboratory
  • Showtime, Vienna’s English-language performing arts school
  • SK Rapid (soccer club)
  • Volkskundemuseum, folk art museum
Central College student

Courses & Faculty

German studies students may study literature, language or cultural history. In addition to the language proficiency, the German studies program lays the foundation for active and responsible world citizenship.

Learn more about this discipline in the course catalog.

Meet the Faculty

  • Linda Laine, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Kenneth J. Weller Distinguished Professorship of the Liberal Arts and Professor of Communication Studies
  • Amy Young, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Associate Professor of German


Learn More

Want to find out more about German Studies at Central? Contact us to learn more about this discipline and our other strong academic programs.

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