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A wide variety of opportunities to explore language, literature and culture


The Department of German Studies offers students a wide variety of opportunities to explore the language, literature and culture of German-speaking countries. Courses are offered in German as well as in English, with subjects ranging from medieval to contemporary literature and include studies of film, visual culture, intellectual history, music, psychology and women's studies. The department also offers opportunities to explore Dutch and Swedish language

Pathways of Scholarship

Goldwin Smith Hall in fall

Undergraduate Studies

As a German studies major, you’ll gain proficiency in reading, speaking and writing German, become acquainted with the culture of German-speaking countries and develop skills in reading, analyzing and discussing German texts in relevant disciplines. 

Click here to learn more about out undergraduate program, or browse some of our sample courses below:

German Studies graduate student with Professor Paul Fleming

Graduate Studies

One of the leading graduate programs nationally and internationally, German Studies at Cornell offers a flexible yet rigorous course of study that draws on the expertise of faculty members from both the Department of German Studies and a variety of units in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Click here to learn more about our graduate program, or browse profiles of our current graduate students. 

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