German Department

St. Olaf students in Hamburg, Interim 2019

A language. A world. A journey.

In courses at St. Olaf, you enter the German-speaking world through its language. But beyond acquiring vocabulary and mastering grammar, German courses allow you to explore topics from fairy tales to film, from everyday life to international politics, and from confronting the past to building a more sustainable and inclusive society. At every course level, language learning and cultural understanding support and reinforce one another.

Language learning. Cultural understanding. Together.

The study of German at St. Olaf extends beyond the German Department and the campus. Study abroad can take you to the North Sea or the foothills of the Alps. Internships enable you to combine German with the practice of other disciplines. Post-graduation possibilities in Germany and Austria include prestigious fellowships to study and teach, admission to world-renowned universities, and fulfilling job offers in a range of fields.

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

Department Chair: Wendy Allen
(507) 786-3247