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German: Major, Minor

The German program offers students the opportunity to study German — the native language of more than 100 million people in the world. Students not only learn this widely spoken language, but also study German literature and culture through rich courses and a variety of cultural programs.

The accomplished faculty of the German program offers dynamic attention to the diverse learning styles of students through the use of innovating teaching methods that make the German language, literature, and culture come to life in the classroom. Students continue their learning outside of the classroom — through small group practice session with a German foreign language assistant — as well as through 30-minute conversation opportunities offered five days a week, and culturally rich programs offered throughout the semester. Interested students may choose to further their studies through the interdisciplinary German Studies program, and are encouraged to consider studying abroad in Germany for full language and cultural immersion.

Program Highlights

The German program offers language courses ranging from elementary to advanced level, and many literature and cultural courses. While many courses are taught in German, the program offers literature and culture courses in English, as well as German, for students with little or no background in the language. Popular courses have included:
  • German Composition and Conversation
  • German Cinema
  • Contemporary German Literature 
  • Metropolis Berlin

German News

Academic Conference Goes Virtual in Response to Pandemic

May 6, 2020

As faculty members across the College worked to transition their courses to a distance-learning format this semester, one of the many logistical challenges to tackle was the annual Academic Conference, where students present the results of their independent work in …