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 most significant way Dickinson prepared me for my work after graduation was certainly the year I lived abroad in Germany. It helped me learn to live and thrive in a foreign country on my own. I’m really excited to be living abroad once again, especially in Berlin. It has always been a dream of mine to live in that city, and it is finally coming true.”

—Lee Mottola ’18

German News

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.

Six More Dickinsonians Earn Fulbright Awards

Six More Dickinsonians Earn Fulbright Awards

Dickinson's long history of Fulbright success continues with students becoming English Teaching Assistants across Europe and in Brazil.

Acclaimed Poet

Acclaimed Poet's Residency at Dickinson Creates 'Incomparable Opportunity' for Student-Translators

Famed German poet Jan Wagner is serving an artistic residency on campus this spring that includes a reading, classroom visits, a panel discussion and a translation contest for students.