German Studies

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German Studies Program

German Studies prepares you to be a global citizen. Language is central to learning, communication, communities, and cultures. In interdisciplinary courses, you will study literature, film, art, music, history, politics, performance, and new media. Through our active, student-centered classes, you will develop the skills to speak, read, and write in German, while also growing your capacity for critical and creative thinking, oral and written communication skills, digital literacy, and intercultural competence. We encourage students to explore their interests through exciting combinations with second majors and minors - your major in German Studies opens unique opportunities for you in education, business, politics, STEM fields, non-governmental organizations, and the arts. UMD German Studies offers short and long-term study abroad opportunities in Potsdam/Berlin and Passau, small class sizes, committed advisors, individualized attention, and dynamic faculty.

Culture & Literature

Students normally follow German 2301 with upper division literature and culture courses.

Credit by Exam

Students who begin their work in Ger 1202 or Ger 2301 and who earn an A or a B have the option to receive credit for the courses they have skipped, beginning with Ger 1201. To receive this credit, students will need to pay to Administration a credit-by-exam fee ($50/credit) and fill out the appropriate forms. Please ask your German Studies instructor how to do this.

Study Abroad

Whether you are looking for short-term, semester, or year-long options, our faculty work closely with you to find an option that fits your needs and goals. Two programs to highlight:

  • Potsdam/Berlin Join UMD faculty for a three-week May term course in Potsdam/Berlin.
  • Set off for a semester or for a year at the Universität Passau


Scholarships are available to students through competition, for study abroad. For more information, please visit the Scholarship page.


Join students, faculty, and members of the community as we gather to speak German and get to know each other in an informal setting at Sir Benedict’s Tavern on the Lake. During the academic year, we meet every first Friday of the month, starting around 6 pm. Please contact one of the German Studies faculty members for more information.

Der deutsche Kultur-klub

With trips, cultural events, hikes, parties, and more, the German Culture Club is a student-run organizationfor all things related to German language and culture.

Please contact Kristen Hylenski ( for information on upcoming events or check out our Facebook group: