The Department of German offers its students an interdisciplinary education in order to prepare them to embrace diversity and rewarding opportunities in a constantly changing world. The Department is committed to quality in teaching and research. We provide students with proficiency and confidence in the German language beginning with elementary and intermediate language courses and extending through advanced courses in linguistics, literature, and culture. Our courses help students to develop critical thinking and professional skills to compete in a variety of competitive job markets. We support graduate education and promote and facilitate study abroad and the internationalization of education. Our department fosters an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Department plays an integral role in the teaching and research missions of the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (DWLLC) and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Our faculty members collaborate closely with colleagues in other units, such as Literary Translation, Linguistics, Global Health Studies and History.