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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 Overview

German Studies

Program Type: Major
  • 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 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.

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Nameplate inside the entrance of the Max Kade House honors the benefactor and their support of the study of German language and culture. 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

  • 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

German Studies Faculty

German studies 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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