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Department of German

Freiburg Study Group
The best way to learn a language is through immersion. Check out our Freiburg study group.
German Club
One activity of the German Club was to commemorate the Berlin wall with a faux wall between East and West Halls.
Students and faculty chat informally each week over coffee and kuchen in the Max Kade Center.  READ MORE
German is the native language of nearly 100 million Europeans, and the language of a rich literary and philosophical tradition. Join us to build the foundation for a rigorous and sophisticated understanding of German-speaking culture in its diversity and of its significance to society.

German at Colgate

We offer German as both a major and a minor course of study.

Our program leads students through a broadly conceived, integrated study of the German language and of literary and cultural history and enables them to immerse themselves in contemporary German culture through its acclaimed study group program in Freiburg, Germany. For more information about this study group, visit the Freiburg study group page and the office of off-campus study.

The department also encourages students to enroll in related courses in other disciplines. A major in German is an excellent preparation for advanced studies in the fields of literature, philosophy, art history, history, film studies, and music, and can also give students a competitive edge in the fields of international relations, law, business, journalism, and publishing.

Success after Colgate

Colgate alumni who majored in the German department are pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Check out just a few of the possibilities out there for our majors. READ MORE

Department Contacts

Chair: Claire Baldwin
Phone: 315-228-7281
Administrative Assistant: Nicole Schmidt
Office: 111 Lawrence Hall
Phone: 315-228-7546
Dept. Fax: 315-228-7176