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Major Areas of Study: GERMAN

Student Opportunities


  • Business Internship, Deggendorf University of Applied Sciences, Germany.  International business students studying for a year at our exchange partner university in Deggendorf, Germany are eligible for spring semester internships in Germany through various agencies and organizations
  • The Modern Language department assists students seeking paid or volunteer internships in Germany through various agencies and organizations
  • Internships are available at the University of Passau, Germany to German majors who study at Passau for one year


Students may arrange independent research projects (1-3 credit hours) to be conducted in German or English. The projects may optionally include a field research component in a German-speaking place. Students may research an area of interest in literature, language, culture, or business.

Senior Seminar research projects center on a specific area of German literature, culture, international business, or international affairs. Recent research projects have included German literature after 1945, German film, Nazi-propaganda literature, and German Expressionism. Research writing and methodology are emphasized. Results are presented to the faculty of the department in an oral presentation and a written paper.

Senior students have the option of presenting their research paper at the Undergraduate Conference at Butler University, Indiana. The department provides transportation and accommodation. http://www.muskingum.edu/~modern/butler/muskingum.html


Phi Sigma Iota recognizes outstanding ability and high standards of students and faculty of foreign languages, literatures and cultures (including classics, linguistics, philology, comparative literature, ESL, bilingual education, and second language acquisition). It is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. Phi Sigma Iota has initiated over 60,000 members since its foundation in 1917, and it has created and supports numerous scholarship programs.

Lucas Pattison was awarded the 2010 Dr. Santiago Vilas Scholarship by Phi Sigma Iota for excellence in the study of foreign languages and service to international education. He was one of only six students in the United States to receive this award, and this is the fourth time in five years that a Muskingum University student has earned this honor!


The Modern Language Department employs approximately ten language students as language lab assistants annually, including one student lab manager. In addition, the department employs a student assistant.

Professional Activities

Students pursuing a teaching career have the opportunity to attend the Central States Conference, the American Association of Teachers of German and the annual meeting of the Ohio Foreign Language Association. Student scholarships are available.

GermanStudy Abroad

Visit the Study Abroad website to learn more about the many exciting opportunities for travel and study open to all Muskingum students.

Student Stories

  • Preston Oakley (Economics major, German minor) studied at Deggendorf University in the fall of 2010, taking classes in International Management.
  • Kayla Vega (Majors in German and French) studied at Passau University, completing her study abroad requirement for her major.
  • Matt Mayforth, ‘12 just returned from a semester abroad at Passau University. Matt is a double major in German and Spanish. Matt will be teaching both languages at the high school level. Matt also provides an insight of his experiences in Germany on our German website.
  • Karen DeBaldo ( ‘13) received the Mary E. Sharp Award for Excellence in German on Scholarship Day in April of 2010.
  • Eight Muskingum students (4 majors and 4 minors) studied at Passau University in August 2010 in the language immersion program: Erik Spitzer, Hannah Dorcik, Marcus Lambright, Karen DeBaldo, Tereza Tomankova, Kayla Vega, Preston Oakley, Tanner MacLaine.



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