June 2017

Graduating Majors

OUR MAJORS AND MINORS GRADUATING IN JUNE 2017

This year, we have 11 graduating German majors and minors. Sarah Lee (School of Education and Social Policy and WCAS; double majoring in Human Development/Psychology and German) is graduating with Honors from our department. Sarah wrote a  fascinating Senior Thesis on “Mediating Collective Holocaust Memory: The Role of Günter Demnig’s Stolpersteine and Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum in Berlin. A Framework of Global Holocaust Memory.”  In her thesis, Sarah discussed how German citizens of Turkish, Syrian and other heritages might engage with Holocaust memory to help them integrate into the larger German society.  Congratulations to all of our German majors and minors - we are very proud of their achievements.  

Below, our students tell prospective students what mattered to them most in choosing to study German. And here you can read about their career plans and personal dreams for the future.

Would you like to know what other graduates thought of our department? Follow the links.

Majors and Minors 2014/15   |   Majors and Minors 2015/16  | 


HANNAH CARROLLHANNAH GISELA CARROLL

BIENEN SCHOOL OF MUSIC, WCAS: Voice and Opera / Economics / German

"As a dual degree student, I have completed majors in Economics and Classical Voice Performance, in addition to my German major with a concentration in German Business. German was my bridge between my two other majors. I am attending the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music this fall to complete graduate studies in Voice, where singing in German will be something that I will do on a daily basis."


BRITT JORDANBRITT JORDAN

WCAS: German / Economics / Legal Studies

"The German department opened so many doors for me: not only did it give me the opportunity to study abroad in Germany or to investigate the refugee wave in Berlin, it also instilled in me a love of language learning.  I started learning Turkish and hope to start learning other languages soon. "


SARAH PRISCILLA LEESARAH PRISCILLA LEE

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND SOCIAL POLICY, WCAS: Human Development and Psychology, German

"This was the most unexpected and best decision I made during my four years at Northwestern. It led me to create independent research seminars, study abroad for half a year at Humboldt Universität in Berlin, and now set a path for further research and studies in Germany."


Antonio Petkov

ANTONIO PETKOV

WCAS: German, Biological Science

"Many people see Germany as the benchmark of industry, government, and education, and I wanted to understand why, and what made that high standard possible in such a short time. To that end, the Business German courses I took here were very informative."


ETHAN ALBRECHT

ETHAN MARCUS ALBRECHT

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, WCAS: Mechanical Engineering, Business German Minor

"Studying abroad was definitely a life-changing experience. My perspectives on the world have changed and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!  The company I am working for after graduation has a Berlin office, and I am hoping to use my language skills working with them."


LAUREN BARMORE

LAUREN BARMORE

WCAS: Physics, Minor in German

"My knowledge of German was very helpful when I had a summer internship doing physics research in Germany with the DAAD RISE program. The skills I learned in the Northwestern German program were useful in helping me connect on a deeper level with the people I met there. I hope to continue my connection with Germany by working at a research lab in a German-speaking country in the future."


ANDREW CRAMER

ANDREW CRAMER

SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION, WCAS: Human Communication, Minor in German

"German has helped me broaden my views on politics, foreign relations, and has provided me with a wonderful, and thorough liberal arts education when paired with my Neuroscience major."


SHARON FAN

SHARON FAN

WCAS: History, Economics, Minor in German

"My experience learning German at Northwestern has been fulfilling and rewarding, from studying abroad in Berlin, taking various German classes, to going back to Berlin for a research project during the past spring break. I'm very grateful for all the German professors I've had at Northwestern for supporting me throughout these four years."


ELIZABETH ANNE MCTIGHE

ELIZABETH ANNE MCTIGHE

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, WCAS: Manufacturing and Design, Mechanical Engineering, Business German Minor

"I was excited to find that the German department here offered a Business German minor, as it allowed me to expand the scope of my German language skills in a way I knew would be applicable to my career. The German department provided lots of opportunities to engage with the culture, both in the greater Chicago area and abroad."


PHILLIP TRAUTLEIN

PHILLIP TRAUTLEIN

WCAS: Mathematics, English, Minor in German

"Having an opportunity to further my language abilities as well as learn about German culture through Northwestern's German department has allowed me to become closer to a significant part of my family history. While I do not have any direct plans to use my German skills in the workforce yet, I will visit Germany this summer to see much of my family and communicate with them in ways I never have been able to before."


BRYAN LEE QUANDT

BRYAN LEE QUANDT

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, WCAS: Manufacturing and Design, Business German Minor

Bryan is graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Manufacturing and Design Engineering and a Minor in German. In 2015, Bryan spent a year studying in Munich, Germany. He has been an independent design consultant since 2016.