College of Arts and Sciences

Germanic Studies

Germanic Studies is a large department with many opportunities and concentrations. We offer full sequences of language courses in Dutch, German, Norwegian, and Yiddish. We teach reading courses in Old Norse, Gothic, Old Saxon, as well as Old High and Middle High German. Our faculty has expertise in a large variety of areas, ranging from philology and linguistics to intellectual history and from language pedagogy to modern Europe.

Our department is one of the leaders in the field. The most recent National Research Council (NRC) ranking placed our graduate program among the top three German departments in the nation.

Please explore our website and see all that we have to offer.

Fritz Breithaupt (Chair)

News & Events

What is a foreign language worth?


Meet The Scholar

February 8 and 9, 2016, Conversation with Prof. Jeffrey Hamburger, Harvard University. LECTURE by Prof. Jeffrey Hamburger, Harvard University. These events are part of the exhibition at the Lilly Library

Film: Der Ozean Im Fingerhut

February 26, 2016, 6:30pm: The voices of four women who wrote between 1140 and 1943 come together in a visual and sonic feast for the senses. Cosmological images (many from the Lilly Library) and the visionary writings of Hildegard of Bingen, Hadewijch, and Mechthild of Magdeburg, along with the WWII writings of Etty Hillesum, frame a dialogue about the soul, love, and the relationship between creator and creation. Directed by Hildegard Elisabeth Keller. With live Foley on stage by sound effects artist Tony Brewer from Bloomington. German. English subtitles by Julie Lawson.

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Germanic Studies
Global and International Studies Building 3103
355 North Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105
Phone: 812-855-1553
Fax: 812-855-8927