• In class with Professor Hans Rindisbacher
    In class with Professor Hans Rindisbacher
  • In class with Professor Hans Rindisbacher
    In class with Professor Hans Rindisbacher
  • In class with Professor Friederike von Schwerin-High
    In class with Professor Friederike von Schwerin-High

Explore German language, literature and culture through fascinating classes, advanced language study, and studying abroad.

Knowing German—both the language and culture—is a significant asset in a globalized world with Germany as a leading player both on the international stage and in innovative research.

Our department will be your conduit to exploring German studies across disciplines, giving you access to a full program of language, literature and culture courses.

As a German studies major or minor, your academic journey will take you through German history, literature, philosophy, fine arts, music, media, international relations, cinema and architecture and you will achieve fluency in the language. You can specialize in the humanities, social sciences or literature.

Examples of our course offerings include Drama as Experiment; Great German Fiction; Culture of Nature: Green Movements; and Johann Sebastian Bach. You can examine the philosophy of Kant and look at crime in fiction and film.

Our professors are respected scholars and committed teachers who will expand your worldview through their research interests and mentor you in your own pursuits.

We encourage you to study abroad in a German-speaking country to have a lived experience with the language and culture.

Many of our alumni receive Fulbright grants or other prestigious international opportunities.

Our program is coordinated with the Scripps German department and has joint activities with the Pomona Russian Program.