At Kalamazoo College, we offer beginning to advanced German courses, as well as study abroad programs in Germany. Our students can choose to major or minor in German Studies. We have an innovative curriculum that foregrounds cultural themes from the first weeks of German class–like migration, food politics, and sustainability. Our graduates not only become proficient in German, they learn to think critically about history and culture and gain lifelong skills in intercultural communication.

Why take German? Many of our students start with us in German 101 because they are looking to try a new language in college. German is the most widely spoken language in Europe and is an important language in many fields, such as science, business, philosophy, history, or art. And because it’s a Germanic language and shares a history with English, it might be easier than you think: Das ist mein Haus (That is my house); Ich habe eine Katze (I have a cat); Ich flippe aus! (I’m flipping out!).

German is a good fit for students interested in a wide variety of subjects, such as philosophy, music, art, history, the sciences, or business. Maybe you want to read Kafka or Marx in the original language, maybe you’re a fan of Beethoven, Schubert, or Kraftwerk, or you want to work for a German company like BMW or Adidas. In German classes, you’re going to learn a lot more than just the language. Many of our courses are even cross-listed with other fields like Environmental Studies, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Students in biology and chemistry have done research in Germany, and our students often do internships while studying abroad that help them have a true immersion experience.

At Kalamazoo College, students have the unique opportunity to speak German in and outside of the classrooms with our Teaching Assistants from Germany. The TAs also host fun activities such as game nights, film events, and a weekly conversation group.

We always look forward to welcoming new students to the program! Please don’t hesitate to contact a faculty member with questions.

Our college has been named a German Center of Excellence by the American Association of Teachers of German! The AATG German Centers of Excellence program identifies and honors excellence at all levels of instruction K-16. The designation is presented to a well-established and growing German program with strong support from the administration, colleagues, alumni, parents, and students.

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German Studies News

  • We asked Assistant Professor of German Studies Michael Powers about his academic journey, his students and his appreciation for the K community. The post Q-and-A with Assistant Professor of German Studies Michael Powers appeared first on News and Events.
  • Introductory German students are testing their new language skills by volunteering at Woodward Elementary School through the Center for Civic Engagement. The post K Students Help Woodward Elementary Children Study German appeared first on News and Events.
  • K’s Department of German Studies is one of three German programs in the country being honored this year by the American Association of Teachers of German. The post German Studies Program Receives National Honor appeared first on News and Events.
  • Newly unearthed diaries dating back at least 80 years are providing a fresh perspective on the Holocaust for a Kalamazoo College faculty member. The post Holocaust Diaries Detail Personal Stories of Jewish Refugees appeared first on News and Events.
  • For the second year in a row, a K chemistry student has been awarded the Priscilla Carney Jones Scholarship through the American Chemical Society. The post Mentors Help Chemistry Major En Route to Scholarship, Research Abroad appeared first on News and Events.