After Lewis & Clark

German studies is a broadly-focused degree with many practical applications. Many of our students pursue careers in teaching, academia, library science, cultural exchange, and law. Here are a few examples of what some recent German studies majors are doing now.

  • L&C taught me how to engage with different fields of study, which has prepared me for my jobs and law school, and gave me the skills to think critically and analytically.

    Nicolas Read BA ’18
    German Studies and International Affairs (double)
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  • L&C taught me to never shy away from voicing my perspective—because your perspective matters even if 99 percent of the people in the room would disagree with you

    Annika Clunk BA ’20
    Economics, German Studies (double)
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  • The most important thing I learned at L&C is that when trying to accomplish something, there isn’t necessarily one perfect recipe to follow. Having the confidence to forge one’s own path is incredibly valuable.

    Niall Gifford BA ’22
    German Studies and International Affairs (double)
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  • In the past five years, eight of our graduates have received Fulbright awards and other fellowship opportunities that allow them to spend a year or more in teaching English, working, or conducting research in Germany.
  • Gail Wilcoxen ’13, double major in German studies and English, She lives in Munich and works as an editor for the English-language website Journal International. She also plays roller derby under the name “Frightengale” for both the Munich Rolling Rebels and the German national squad.
  • Chris Macleod ’11 is a professional baker specializing in German-style breads and pastries. After training with a German bakery in Portland and learning European baking techniques in Switzerland, he established his own mobile bakery, Laune Bread, in Minneapolis, where he uses locally produced grains to improve on traditional recipes.
  • Sarah O’Brien ’10, double major in German studies and psychology, is a social media manager at PBS in Washington, D.C.
  • Amanda Stewart ’15, double major in German studies and history, returned to Germany after graduation to teach English through the Fulbright program. She now travels the world as a flight attendant for Delta Airlines, where she is certified as a German language speaker and flies regular routes to Zurich and Frankfurt.

Calling all German studies alumni! What have you been up to since graduation? Start an interesting job? Discover a hidden talent? Used your liberal arts experience and degree to better the world? Adopt a cat? We’d love to know!