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Students learn German by doing: reading, speaking, writing, and discourse. Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97
Program Overview


Program Type: Major, Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department: German Language and Literatures

German literature and German studies allow students to immerse themselves in the rich language and literature of the German-speaking world. Our courses ask students to reflect on the nature and value of literary, cinematic, and artistic works as part of a larger inquiry into the meaning of life.

Why Study German at Oberlin?

Study Away Programs
Language-based Residence Hall
Variety of Programs
lounge area of Max Kade House
The lounge in Max Kade House is often the space where students studying German meet for meals, games, parties, discussions, and other social activities. Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

German House

Max Kade House, officially known as Deutsches Haus or German House, is a Program House for students who want to learn and speak German. The house can accommodate 35 students, who along with a resident faculty member and two teaching assistants, have opportunities to engage in social, cultural, and academic activities—in German.

Sample Courses

  • GERM 203 - Intermediate German 4 credits
  • GERM305 - Conversation and Composition 4 credits
  • GERM 311 - Enlightenment to Classicism 4 credits
  • GERM 353 - Afro-Germans through Art, Literature, and Film89 4 credits

German Faculty

Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research. Their areas of special interest include West German literature and film, postwar narratives, baroque and romanticism, Yiddish literature, and German Jewish literature. They are committed to undergraduate education and teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced language courses.

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