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German Studies

Welcome to German Studies! We offer German language instruction at the elementary and intermediate levels, as well as advanced courses in German-language literature, culture, and film.

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Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Degrees in German Studies

Undergraduate students can pursue a BA or Minor in German Studies or a double degree in Engineering and German.

German Studies Undergraduate Program

Graduate Programs

Graduate Degrees in Germanic Studies

Our program offers each student the opportunity to shape an individualized course of study, working closely with faculty whose expertise includes German literature and culture from the 18th through 21st centuries, film studies, gender studies, and ecocriticism. 

German Language and Literature Graduate Program

Special Programs

Special Programs

Discover the German Education Abroad program and German Cluster in the Language House. 



Learn more about Germanic Studies program faculty and graduate students.

German Studies Faculty & Graduate Students

Our curriculum also includes English-language courses focusing on the cultures of the German-speaking world, including popular classes on Grimms’ Fairy Tales, German Cinema, and Germany and the Environment.

Faculty expertise includes German literature and culture from the 18th through the 21st centuries, environmental humanities, film studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, and digital humanities. We strongly encourage our students to study abroad at one of our partner universities through a semester- or year-long program in Berlin, Tübingen, or Lüneburg. Our students participate in a wide-range of programs and activities sponsored by the Department, including the German Club, the National Honorary Society Delta Phi Alpha, and events sponsored by the German Cluster of the Language House. Many of our graduates go on to win prestigious fellowships through organizations such as Fulbright, DAAD, and the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals.

Advising and Courses


Advising for German Studies Majors and Minors

Advising is crucial to the successful completion of the degree. Departmental advising for majors is mandatory at least once every semester to obtain approval for the program of study and to ensure students are on track to complete the degree requirements. 

Students whose advanced level of German allows them to test out of any or all of the core language sequence are placed into appropriate courses in consultation with the undergraduate advisor.

Office hours are posted in Jiménez 1104.

Advisor: Dr. Regina Ianozi|
Office: 3224 Jiménez Hall
Phone: 301-405-4096

The College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) Office of Student Affairs provides college advising for all ARHU undergraduates in 1120 Francis Scott Key Hall. 


The Department of German Studies offers a wide range of courses encompassing language, literature, and culture of the German-speaking world.

Course Catalogues

See the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs for a full list of our course offerings and Testudo for our current courses.

Degree Program Requirements

Please consult the program pages for requirements about each degree:

Department Head and Director of Graduate Studies

Julie Koser

Associate Professor, German Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, The Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Affiliate Associate Faculty, Classics
Associate Professor, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

3210 Jimenez Hall
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-4106

Undergraduate Program Director

Josh Alvizu

Assistant Professor, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Director of Undergraduate Studies, German Studies

Undergraduate Program Advisor

Regina Ianozi

School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Associate Clinical Professor, German Studies

(301) 405-4096

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