Typically, students study abroad through IES (Institute for the International Education of Students). Most Grinnell German majors and many nonmajors select from off-campus study programs at one of the following locations:
Burling's Subject Guide for Research in German: This is a great place to start for research. Through the Grinnell libraries, students can access a variety of databases with secondary literature appropriate for German students. However, the long list of resources can be overwhelming, so here a few databases we find especially helpful:
JStor: A great resource for primary and secondary sources. It may not have the most recent resources.
At Grinnell, all studies take place within a liberal arts framework, focusing on the study of German literature and culture through the contexts of the arts, history, social history, philosophy, and politics.
The Alumni Recitation Hall contains classrooms for classes in the Social Studies and Humanities, as well as faculty offices for departments of foreign languages and Classics. The facilities also include a 158-seat screening auditorium, the multipurpose Meredith AudioVisual Center, and an additional computer lab with multiple printers for both classroom and general student use.
ARH is wheelchair accessible. An elevator at the south end makes it easy to reach the auditorium and accessible restrooms on the third floor. Automatic door operators are located on the southeast and southwest sides, and accessible parking is available along Park Street.
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.
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.
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. In March of 2012, the Emergency Loans Project won a White House-sponsored competition to be recognized as a Champion of Change, and went to the White House to meet the four other winners and President Obama. He was proud to represent Grinnell and the German Department, and plans to work further with SEG and with Mid-Iowa Community Action for some years, before entering law school to study public interest law.
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. Her project will combine a contemporary analysis of this genre, historical examples of these representations, and the relationship between primitivism and Berlin modernist movements. The German Department congratulates her on this honor and wishes her a very rewarding and exciting semester in Berlin!