student at chalkboard writing words in German.
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 Studies

Students who major in German will immerse themselves in the rich literature and language 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. We teach linguistic skills through classroom and cocurricular activities to help German majors acquire real proficiency and cultural understanding.

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
  • GERM 303 - Shared languages Program: German for Business Culture 4 credits
  • GERM 305 - Conversation and Composition 4 credits
  • GERM 311 - Enlightenment to Classicism 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.

Explore Faculty within German

German News

Headshot of Milena Kagel wearing yellow shirt and smiling in the sunlight.

Milena Kagel ’20 Receives USTA in Austria

June 11, 2020
The history and German studies double major will spend nine months working as an English teaching assistant at two secondary schools in Völkermarkt, Austria.