German Studies

German Studies: Major, Minor

The German Studies Program offers you the opportunity to study German — the native language of more than 100 million people in the world. You will 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 Studies Program offers dynamic attention to diverse learning styles using innovative teaching methods that make the German language, literature, and culture come to life in the classroom. You will continue your learning outside of the classroom — through small group practice sessions 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. You are encouraged to consider studying abroad in Germany for full language and cultural immersion.

Program Highlights

The German Studies 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


Enhance your German studies by studying abroad in Bamberg or Berlin.
Study Abroad

Enhance your German studies by studying abroad in Bamberg or Berlin.

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See your German studies come to life beyond the classroom through regular cocurricular programming.

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Foreign Language Assistants

Practice your German in small practice sessions led by German foreign language assistants.

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