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Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Studies in German

Welcome to the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, home to U-M's German StudiesDutch & Flemish Studies, and Scandinavian Studies Programs!


Minors are available in German or Scandinavian Studies, and German is an option in the Global Engineering Program. The undergraduate major in German takes advantage of our outstanding faculty, who hold degrees in a wide range of fields, and have won numerous awards for research and teaching. One of the largest German programs in the country both in numbers of majors and minors and the size of our faculty, we are able to offer courses not only in German language and literature, but also in:

  • Business German
  • Scientific German
  • German history
  • Film
  • Politics
  • Music, and much  more!

Course Offerings

Our courses are wide-ranging, challenging, and fun! Here are two examples from the Winter 2016 term:

German 326 - German in Song
Students in German 326 get practical experience using German by engaging with German music and vocals.

German In Song (GERM326) was featured in our newsletter.

German 396 - Germany and the Black Diaspora

What does it mean to be black and German? And why do many people think that is a contradiction?

In winter 2016, the German Department teamed up with the History Department and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies to explore these questions. One of the highlights of the semester was the creation of a digital map of Black Germany, which featured historical figures, paintings, and events that explained an aspect of Black German history. For more information, please visit

GER 396/HIS 396/AAS 395 students
Digital map of Black Germany

Undergraduate Advising

If you would like to do so, you may schedule an appointment with one of our German major advisors, Andrew or Kalli.