Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives


The German program provides students with the tools and opportunities to become competent, confident, culturally literate citizens of our increasingly global society.

We form strong critical thinkers and writers who excel in their careers nationally and internationally thanks to the flexibility and quickness of mind gained from studying language, literature, culture and film.

German majors and minors tie their language studies to in-depth analysis of literature, culture and film. The German program’s curriculum integrates speaking, writing and culture into all courses, enhanced by faculty mentoring and interdisciplinary opportunities. Students of German are strongly encouraged to study abroad as part of their education. Graduates have won prestigious Fulbright Scholarships to teach in Austria and Germany. Other funding opportunities can internationalize your coursework and boost your global career.

The German Program also builds diverse perspectives through courses addressing historical contexts, the environment, transnational writing and the European Union. The Capstone experience encourages German majors to go into greater depth and prepare for sophisticated work in many fields. Alumni pursue Master’s and PhD degrees and careers in teaching, business, management, international affairs and public health. Click here for our newsletter.

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    Colin Berr came to Southwestern from California to study international business. A go-getter and international traveler, Colin feels fortunate to have been able to spend his entire sophomore year in Germany

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