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Department of German

Freiburg Study Group
Freiburg Study Group
Join the Freiburg study group, and you may visit Der Bundestag im Reichstaggebäude, the historical center of German government. READ MORE
German Club
German Club
One activity of the German Club was to commemorate the Berlin wall with a faux wall between East and West Halls.
Students and faculty chat informally each week over coffee and kuchen in the Max Kade Center.  JOIN US FOR COFFEE AND KUCHEN
German is the native language of nearly 100 million Europeans, and the language of a rich literary and philosophical tradition. Join us to lay the foundations for a rigorous and sophisticated understanding of German-speaking culture in its diversity and significance to contemporary society.

German at Colgate

An increasingly globalized society places a premium on second language study and communicative competence in the world’s many cultures. Colgate’s program in German embraces linguistic study as a privileged point of entry into the cultures of German-speaking Europe. The vibrant field of German Studies provides students with an informed grasp of German-speaking Europe’s historically formative influence and its contemporary global significance. The department’s curriculum also serves to endow students with powerful critical tools of transcultural interpretation and evaluation crucial to their development as self-conscious learners and thoughtful citizens. 

We offer German as both a major and a minor course of study. Our program leads students through a broadly conceived, integrated study of German language, literary and cultural history and enables them to immerse themselves in contemporary German culture through its acclaimed study group program in Freiburg, Germany. For more information about this study group, visit the department's Freiburg study group page and the office of off-campus study.

The department also encourages students to enroll in related courses in other disciplines. A major in German is an excellent preparation for advanced studies in the fields of literature, philosophy, art history, history, film studies, and music, and can also give students a competitive edge in the fields of international relations, law, business, journalism, and publishing.

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Department Contacts

Chair: Matthew Miller
Phone: 315-228-7281
Administrative Assistant: Nicole Catgenova (
Office: 111 Lawrence Hall
Phone: 315-228-7546