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German Department

German is more than a language — the curriculum studies German culture, history, philosophy, literature, arts, and film; German House and a weekly German Table allow you to live the language with fellow students, native speakers, and visiting guests. You can cap off your experience with study abroad, a senior seminar, or an independent research project.

German House

More commonly known as German House, this college owned house is one of Grinnell’s five language houses. These houses are associated with their corresponding academic department. The purpose of the language house program is to provide students who speak, or are learning to speak, another language with an environment that is conducive to learning the language, culture, and customs of the country or countries of the language. To learn more about the language house program, visit the Residence Life Language Houses page.

Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in Germany Recipient

Hannah Taylor is a senior German and English double major who is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Teaching Assistantship. She will be living in Germany from September '12 to June '13 and will work as an English teaching assistant in a German high school. She will teach grammar and pronunciation, acting as a resource for the school's English teacher. She plans to run a conversation club to teach her students things about American culture and help them practice English without the pressure of being in a classroom.

Champion of Change Award Recipient

Kyle Walters is a senior German and Political Science major who works with the Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (SEG), a national award-winning microfinance nonprofit directed by Grinnell students and community members. He co-manages the Emergency Loan Project, which makes zero-interest loans to in-need members of the Grinnell community in order to sustainably produce positive social change.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship 2012 Recipient

Samanea Karrfalt '14 is a German and anthropology double major who is the recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide . She received the highest award available, $5,000, for her research project proposal on the visual representations of blackness in German art and pop culture.