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.

  • 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.

Beau Barnes

Class of 2006

I graduated from LC in 2006 with a double major in International Affairs and Foreign Languages, after having spent 2004-05 in Munich. Having studied Spanish, German, and Politics, I knew I wanted to do something in the international political world, so at the end of my senior year I applied for a program in Berlin called the “Internationales-Parlaments-Praktikum”. A few months later, and after a rather stressful interview with several German officials, I was accepted into the program.

I then went to Berlin, where I started my work as a Praktikant in the office of a member of Parliament from the Social Democratic Party (SPD). I hope to use my studies in International Affairs and German at LC and focus on foreign policy issues such as the German relationship with NATO, the EU, and their historic, important and often complicated relationship with the U.S.

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.