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Our Programs and Curriculum


German at Northwestern

Two German majors at convocation

We offer a broad spectrum of courses either in English or in German in an effort to serve not only potential majors or minors but also students from different fields within the College and from other schools across campus. It is our goal to expose students in our classes to a variety of learning approaches, content areas, and texts to foster a rich understanding of the language, the history, and the culture of the German-speaking world.

A Unique Department


Award-winning Instructors

We have an exceptional teaching faculty, who make every effort to approach learning from a variety of angles to offer classes that are engaging and motivating, intellectually fulfilling, and, at the same time, broaden and deepen learning.
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Outstanding Research Faculty

Our faculty are engaged in a range of projects, many involving cross-disciplinary issues, such as critical theory, theories of reading, psychoanalysis, Jewish studies, the history of science, and the role of technology in learning and teaching in the field of Second Language Acquisition.
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Progressive Learning Environment

The department recognizes that in addition to exposure to various classroom learning situations and scenarios, learners need a variety of learning situations including opportunities to use the target language with native speakers in the target culture to progress their learning.
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News and Events



Summer Study Abroad

The department has developed its own Summer in Berlin program which is run through the Office of Undergraduate Learning Abroad:

  • Berlin - Global City in the Center of Europe

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Upcoming Events

The Academic Directions Fair

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Evanston

Do you want to find out about Majors and Minors, Study Abroad and other options you have for studying German? Visit the Academic Direct...

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Latest News

Ten German Majors and Minors are graduating
Jörg Kreienbrock was promoted
Anna Parkinson wins Mellon Fellowship
Ted Frank Laport wins DAAD and Fulbright Awards
Departmental Achievement Awards

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