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

Chair

Antje PfannkuchenAssociate Professor of German

Department Coordinator

Lisa Orris

Phone

717-245-1819

Fax

717-245-1456

Location

105, Bosler Hall Mailing Address

Department Features



Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here

Jobs

  • 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

Science, Math, Technology and ... Art? Skimming the Fourth Dimension With Linda Henderson

Science, Math, Technology and ... Art? Skimming the Fourth Dimension With Linda Henderson '69

Linda Dalrymple Henderson '69 is a major figure in art history, specializing in the intersections between math, science, technology and the occult.

German Major Jobs 2019

German Major Jobs 2019

Graduating seniors secure jobs with the U.S. Army and A2Z Global.

Dickinson College Students Work With German Writer-Performer Ahne in Advance of Public Performance

Dickinson College Students Work With German Writer-Performer Ahne in Advance of Public Performance

Students translate humorous texts by well-known German writer-performer in advance of dynamic public reading.

Business with a Global Twist

Business with a Global Twist

Jake Saltzberg ’20 wanted to study business, but he also wanted the benefits of a global education. Dickinson’s distinctive major in international business & management was a perfect fit.

German Major Earns Fulbright Scholarship

German Major Earns Fulbright Scholarship

Lee Mottola '18 earns Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Scholarship to teach in Berlin, Germany.

Author Yoko Tawada to Deliver Multilingual Performance at Dickinson

Author Yoko Tawada to Deliver Multilingual Performance at Dickinson

Yoko Tawada to read excerpts of her novels, poems and essays in Japanese and German, with English translations.