North Central College - Naperville, IL
German major

A degree in German from North Central College “is about so much more than learning grammar,” Louis says. “In my opinion, it’s one of the most complete and well-rounded majors an individual can undertake.”

He knows from experience.

Louis received a Richter grant and spent three weeks during the summer between his junior and senior years studying the complex beer culture in Heidelberg, Munich and Bamberg. He worked at a small brewery, where he spent time sanitizing equipment, adding hops and malt and delivering bottles and kegs to local grocers and bars. He’s given two presentations about his experiences at North Central and also presented his findings at a national conference.

Louis worked closely with a professor to receive funding for his research. The two also worked together on a pair of articles that appeared in the International Brecht Society Yearbook.

“Since North Central’s a small school, I’m able to meet with professors outside of class multiple times per week if needed,” he says.

Prior to his summer research trip, Louis studied abroad in Berlin for D-Term and in Heidelberg for a full semester.

“Those two experiences are irreplaceable,” Louis says.