Speaking as well as writing a world language is essential to understanding it as demonstrated by German student Sophia Bamert. Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones’97
Program Type:
  • Major
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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.

Program Director

Steven Huff

Professor of German
Department Affiliation
Contact

Joan Kaatz

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8650

Why Study German Studies at Oberlin?

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Variety of Courses

Jantz Memorial Lecture

Harold Jantz Memorial Lectureship honors the memory of one of the most distinguished literary scholars among Oberlin graduates. Presented on a rotating basis with the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College Library, and the German department, it is among the academic highlights of the year.

A student adjust the computer screen on a laptop in a room in Max Kade House, a residence hall for 35 students who want to learn and speak German. Photo credit: Gary Cohen ’11

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

  • FYSP 075 - Hitler and Stalin: A Comparative Study 4 credits
  • GERM 203 - Intermediate German 4 credits
  • GERM 305 - Conversation and Composition 4 credits
  • GERM 350 - Gender and German Cinema 4 credits