Department of German

Immerse yourself in the German language and investigate diverse cultures, literatures, and philosophical traditions.


Colgate’s program in German builds an informed grasp of German-speaking Europe’s historic influence and contemporary global significance. The department also offers the opportunity for immersion in contemporary German and European culture through our acclaimed study group in Freiburg, Germany.

Equipped with the tools they need to access and understand other cultures, students emerge as self-aware learners and thoughtful citizens. German study prepares undergraduates for further work in literature, philosophy, art history, history, film studies, and music. It can also give students a competitive edge in the fields of international relations, law, business, journalism, and publishing.

The department offers both a major and a minor in German.

Learn more about the German program

Department Contacts

Chair: Claire Baldwin
Chair’s office phone: 315-228-7281
Administrative assistant: Nicole Catgenova
Department office phone: 315-228-7546
Office location: 111 Lawrence Hall