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

Joan Kaatz

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8650

Why Study German Studies at Oberlin?

Associated Faculty
Study Away Programs
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.

residence hall
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