We offer a wide range of undergraduate majors, minors, and certificates in Germanic Studies, Dutch Studies, Norwegian Studies, and Yiddish Studies. Our top-ranked graduate program is considered one of the most distinguished in the country.
Broaden your perspective
In addition to language courses, we offer a variety of cultural courses that explore literature, film, media, philosophy, culture, and the history of ideas. We also encourage our students to take part in study abroad and offer funding opportunities to support your exploration.
Find your campus home with us
We foster a welcoming and collegial environment with plenty of opportunities to get involved in social activities, including film screenings, conversation tables, holiday parties, and more. You’ll make friends and find mentors to support you in your academic pursuits.
Gain global skills
As the most widely spoken native language in the EU, learning German opens doors in both your professional and personal life. Knowledge of German increases your options in nearly any profession, helping you acquire a range of skills that are likely to enhance the quality of your professional life and prepare you to live in the world.
A culture of curiosity
Our faculty are enterprising, engaged, and internationally recognized in their fields. We conduct research in many areas—from philology to contemporary literature and culture, innovative pedagogy to linguistics. Our students also benefit from research and resources offered through the Institute of German Studies and Experimental Humanities Lab.
Active in our community
Our department promotes Germanic languages and cultures at all levels to encourage cross-cultural understanding and appreciation. We provide resources and event programs for K-12 instructors, high school students, and community members.