Regensburg bridge tower, Regensburg, eastern Bavaria, Germany

German Studies

German Studies’ mission is to enhance students’ ability to speak, understand, read, and write German; to function well in a German-speaking environment; and to become enlightened, knowledgeable students of the culture of the German-speaking world.


Learning German at Centre is an exciting adventure in a culture that has helped shape our modern world. Your professors in the German program believe in helping you to reach both language and cultural fluency through a variety of experiences that integrate German, Austrian, and Swiss culture into the classroom and you'll be able to visit, enjoy, study, work, and live in these countries. You'll come to appreciate masterpieces of German literature and works of great philosophers, theologians, and other thinkers in the original language.


The German program develops proficiency in writing, speaking, reading, and listening to German. Students who enroll in all levels are exposed to German culture through history and the contemporary world with specific emphasis on literature, literary comprehension, analysis, and interpretation.

Major Requirements

Minor Requirements

Experiential Learning

Students engage in hands-on learning experiences and reflection to develop skills and increase knowledge retention.

Through the Centre study abroad program, students can immerse themselves in German university life at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Bavaria. Students often choose to further their German fluency in cities such as Berlin, Freiburg, Munich, and Trier.


We're committed to helping students find quality internship experiences in the career area of their choice.

Students looking for the opportunity to gain work experience can apply for a summer internship in Germany. Internships are available in a variety of fields, including social services, agriculture, medicine, business, childcare, government and engineering.


Our extraordinary liberal arts and sciences education prepares students for meaningful lives and careers.

German majors have pursued careers in business, communications, education, government services, science, and the travel industry. Some have obtained jobs as archivists, editors, foreign correspondents, language interpreters, lawyers, professors, and technical liaisons to U.S. firms abroad.

German Studies Faculty

Lady with dark hair pulled back in ponytail wearing black top in front of beige wall

Katrin Bahr

  • Assistant Professor of German • Fulbright and DAAD Fellowship Advisor
  • Co-Chair of African and African American Studies
  • Chair, German, Chinese, and Japanese
Man with dark hair with beard wearing glasses, dark suit coat and light blue shirt standing in front of black background

Ian W. Wilson

  • H. W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of German
  • Assistant Dean of General Education

Take the Next Step