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The Department of World Languages at Aquinas College promotes an understanding of and exchange with other cultures both within and outside the United States.

Our integrated program of language learning incorporates all of the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students learn to use the language in a communicative and interactive environment within the classroom.

The German Program offers a variety of upper-division courses for advanced study in culture, literature, history, applied language for business and professions, translation and interpretation, and community involvement through service learning. These courses are designed to enhance an understanding of the richness of the human experience across times and cultures, integrate the Dominican pillars of study, community and service, and prepare students for graduate school and professional careers.



Explore German at AQ

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Student Research

Explore research from real Aquinas students in the German Program under the guidance of our dedicated faculty.

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German National Honors Society

Aquinas College is the home of the Tau Epsilon chapter of Delta Phi Alpha, the National Honor Society for students and professors of German

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German Cultural Experience

Our German cultural immersion includes academic opportunities, a study away experience, honor student opportunities, and a number of possibilities to engage in German cultural experiences in the Grand Rapids area.

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Study Away

This Spring Semester program takes place at the University of Lüneburg in Lüneburg, located in northern Germany approximately 20 miles south of Hamburg. The program’s curriculum focuses on German language and culture


Majoring or minoring in German is a way for students to develop the global knowledge and expertise that are increasingly valued in the marketplace. Proficiency in a second language is in itself a valuable skill, but students gaining that proficiency will also learn to gain new perspectives on other cultures, as well as on American culture and practices.

The following is a list of career possibilities for language majors and minors. It is by no means exhaustive, but is to suggest potential areas for future employment. The World Language Department faculty strongly encourage students to discuss their ideas concerning post-graduate employment with professors within and outside the department.

  • International business (import/export; multinational corporations)
  • International banking
  • International and corporate law
  • International consulting
  • International agency staff
  • U.S. Foreign Service
  • Travel & tourism industry
  • Social service agencies
  • Interpreting
  • Translation
  • Education (primary, secondary, college; bilingual education)
  • Writing (journalism; technical writing)
  • Marketing
  • Research
  • Library & information sciences
  • U.S. Customs & Immigration


Occupational Employment and Wages - May 2022

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Interpreters and Translators:

Employment Mean hourly wage Mean annual wage
52,160 $29.68 $61,730


Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50% 75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.13 $19.92 $25.79 $35.30 $44.78
Annual Wage $33,540 $41,440 $53,640 $73,430 $93,140

For more information see: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Student Profiles

Did you know?

More than 1,100 companies from German-speaking countries have U.S. subsidiaries.

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Alumni Profiles

AQ grads are thankful for the small class sizes that allow them to form personal relationships with professors.