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German is more than the language of Europe's largest economy. It's the gateway to a brilliant culture and rich history. We open that gateway by working closely with students in all courses and providing study-abroad programs, technological resources, and co-curricular activities.

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Alumni profile: Katie Porch ’02 works abroad

Porch '02Academic focus: English major, German minor
Location: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Job: Economics Officer for the Department of State at the United States Embassy

Porch calls her career path “unconventional,” and admits that she could never answer the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” After graduation, she took the event planning skills she learned working at the Civil War Institute, and parlayed them into a job with a small policy institute in D.C. Less than a year later, she was ready for new challenges, and began work as a deck-hand on a wooden schooner out of Annapolis, Md. Not long afterwards, a visit back to her alma mater turned into a job as the project manager at the Gettysburg Foundation. Once again, Porch yearned for new challenges, so she and her husband Brent LaRosa ’00 joined the Foreign Service, with the Department of State sending them first to Ghana to do consular work, and then to Kyrgyzstan.

“Gettysburg taught us all is that we could accomplish anything we set our minds to,” Porch said. “I studied abroad with the College's intermediate German program in Cologne. The impact of that semester on the rest of my life was profound. I gained confidence in myself to accomplish things that seemed impossible, like travelling by myself in countries where I don't speak the language. Plus I learned that the world is a fascinating place and that, at the end of the day, people are people no matter where you go.”

Faculty Profile

History and autobiography
Prof. Laurel Cohen

Just how well can a non-native learn to speak German? Ask Prof. Laurel Cohen: she was the first non-native speaker permitted to teach German at an international summer language program at Johann-Wolfgang Goethe Universitaet in Frankfurt.

In addition to her language prowess, Cohen is embedded in German culture and history. Her courses have run the historical gamut...

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