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The German department at Dickinson distinguishes itself through its high level of contact with current German society and faculty interests in a large spectrum of topics and periods. We crafted our curriculum to expose students to the diversity of the German-speaking world while also supporting students’ acquisition of the German language.

Our curriculum is based on the principle that students come to German-speaking cultures with a variety of academic interests and goals. Our students demand an education that supports their language skills, and we task ourselves to do so within the mission of the liberal arts. To that end, our courses develop and hone students’ ability to understand, question, analyze, and discuss a wide variety of cultural forms within and beyond the context of German-speaking cultures throughout the world.

The Department of German is one of the top departments of German in the U.S. We have between eight and ten majors and minors each year. In recent years, we have had students receive DAAD fellowships to study abroad in Bremen and graduating seniors return to Germany as Fulbright English Teaching Assistants.

Contact Info


Antje PfannkuchenAssociate Professor of German

Department Coordinator

Lisa Orris






105, Bosler Hall Mailing Address

Department Features

Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here


  • J.P. Morgan Chase & Company
  • Fulbright Program
  • Teach for America
  • A2Z Global

Graduate Schools

  • George Mason University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Iowa
  • George Washington University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia University
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Adelphi University
  • Drexel University
Where Our Students Have Interned
  • Aegis Trust Rwanda
  • Bremer Informationszentrum für Menschenrechte und Entwicklung
  • International Heiner Müller Society
  • Office of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen
  • St. Charles History Museum
  • Tagpay
  • U.S. Army War College - Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute
  • University of Muenster
  • UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic Campus
  • Dickinson College / Center for Sustainability Education

Student Perspective

“The best thing about my majors is their intersectionality. I want to pursue medical anthropology and international policy, and my majors give me a wide base to explore multiple avenues within these fields of study. One of my favorite moments at Dickinson so far was using a reading from my German class in an essay for my political science class. My exploration of the German language and culture allowed me to access more sources than my peers who did not have this language experience. Seeing how my language class could help me grow in another subject is a fantastic example of the benefits of a liberal-arts education.”

— Sofia Perrone ’25

German News

'Seriously Cool': Students Respond to Global Writer's Debut U.S. Residency

Students studying German language and film connect with an Austrian novelist and journalist, now living in Germany, while studying her works.

The Language of Giving Back

The Language of Giving Back

"It was unforgettable." While studying abroad, Vasilisa Pallis ’24 taught English to Ukrainian refugees, translated for the Red Cross and volunteered for the German Special Olympics.

Word on the Street: Students Conduct Sustainability Research in Germany

Word on the Street: Students Conduct Sustainability Research in Germany

“It’s a lot of work, but it’s really fun.” Students conduct fieldwork in Germany as part of an innovative program on global sustainability and the transition to green energy.

Interpreting History

Interpreting History

Former political science and German major Robert Emerson ’77 pursues his passion for history as the executive director of Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, N.Y.

Student Snapshot: Sofia Perrone ’25

Student Snapshot: Sofia Perrone ’25

With a double major in German and anthropology and coursework in health studies, Sofia Perrone is gearing up for a career that taps her interests in medical anthropology, global cultures and policy.

Student Snapshot: Evan Bates

Student Snapshot: Evan Bates '23

If a class seems interesting, try it, says Evan Bates ’23, who discovered a deep love of coding through an introductory course at Dickinson.