The Department of German provides education in the language, literature, and culture traditionally designated as German, as expressed in the language and cultural heritage of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Its faculty members engage in research and teaching activities focused on German language, literature, and culture from both disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.
Undergraduate students pursue a flexible major with coursework in the areas of literature, linguistics, and culture. The department is committed to helping students identify and pursue their own historical and theoretical interests in the course of their studies.
The department also offers courses approved for General Education in foreign languages, humanities, and foreign civilization and culture; language training for students in other graduate programs; and courses that meet the interdisciplinary needs of undergraduate and graduate students throughout the University.
University graduates with degrees in German frequently enter the teaching profession. They also find positions in government, foreign service, and commercial enterprise.