German Department

A language. A world. A journey.

In the St. Olaf German Department, we are committed to offering students a critical, socially engaged, transdisciplinary and inclusive German Studies to meet global challenges. In courses at St. Olaf, you enter the German-speaking world through its language. And, you learn the intricacies of German language through meaningful, in-depth encounters with German-speaking cultures. Beyond acquiring vocabulary and mastering grammar, in St. Olaf German courses students explore a wide breath of topics: from folklore to film, from everyday life to international politics, and from confronting a fraught past to building a more sustainable, equitable future. At every course level, language learning and cultural understanding support and reinforce one another.

Language learning. Cultural understanding. Together.

Whatever you want to do, wherever you want to go, German opens doors.