German Studies is committed to the creation of inclusive classroom spaces where diverse perspectives can be formulated and exchanged and where collaboration is valued over competition. Collectively, we aim to suspend our judgments and come to a more differentiated and generous understanding of ourselves, our peers, and the positions we encounter in German-language cultural artifacts.
Students also participate in German-speaking communities across contexts, including curricular, co-curricular, and the broader community beyond college. Put your German skills to practice by studying for a year in Munich or a semester in Berlin, Freiburg or Vienna.
Through close mentoring relationships with the German Studies faculty, students will develop the skills necessary to propose individual projects and make connections between the academic field of German Studies and their lives beyond Whitman.
- How to Major or Minor
- Why Learn German
- German Course Offerings
- Grants and Fellowships
- German Program Learning Goals
- Senior Assessment
Placement in language courses: If you have previously studied German, you will need to take an online placement test to help you determine the proper course in which to enroll. Native speakers of a language must also take the placement test in order to verify their mastery of the written language. For more information and instructions about how to begin, please see the Placement Test page. If you have not previously studied German, you may simply enroll in the beginning course (German 105), with no prerequisites.