We offer an undergraduate major that allows you to tailor the degree program to your interests, with options available for pursuing an emphasis in German or in Scandinvaian and Finnish Studies. Six minors are also available (Dutch, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Swedish, and Austrian & Central European studies; a Danish minor is also available to students who have the equivalent of Dan 1004 from another institution). Many of our students also have majors in such fields as business, computer science, biology, English, history, linguistics, or political science, or have interdisciplinary concentrations like global, media, and sustainability studies.
The department is known for its emphasis on excellent and innovative teaching. Students can choose among courses that focus on contemporary and historical languages, literature, and various forms of media (including oral traditions, films, hypermedia) in cultural, social and historical contexts. All students are encouraged to study abroad or participate in overseas internships. These experiences strengthen your language skills, deepen your understanding of European history and culture, and sharpen your awareness of global perspectives.
Student clubs organize weekly coffee hours for casual conversation, as well as film showings and other activities throughout the semester. The German Play offers both new and experienced actors the chance to speak German on stage.
Students in colleges other than CLA can complete a major in German or Scandinavian, Dutch without having to fulfill the additional requirements for a B.A. degree. See our Advising FAQ for more information.