German Studies at WashU
Students study the German language and German culture for a variety of reasons. Some are most interested in reading classic works of literature and philosophy in the original language; others are preparing for a career in international business, law, or diplomacy; still others are simply fascinated by the challenge of mastering a foreign language and immersing oneself in another culture. Whatever your particular interest, you will be well served by the breadth of our course offerings as well as by the department’s many opportunities for study abroad and co-curricular involvement.
Our department is considered to be one of the finest in the country. Classes are small, thought-provoking, intellectually challenging, and fun, and they are complemented by exciting co-curricular activities. Our faculty members are outstanding, enthusiastic teachers and experienced advisors. In addition to its language program, the German Studies major/minor offers courses which examine important aspects of European culture, art, philosophy, literature, media, and criticism from the Middle Ages to the present. Students also have the opportunity to learn business German and to study the politics, economics, and cultures of contemporary German-speaking countries.
For those who want to expand their horizons beyond the German-speaking world, the department also offers beginning Swedish language courses. For more information regarding our Swedish program, please contact Professor Matt Erlin.
German Language Study through University College
Non-traditional students interested in German or Swedish language study have the opportunity to take our language courses through University College and the Summer School.