Indiana University Bloomington

Germanic Studies

Indiana University

College of Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate Programs

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The Department of Germanic Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, offers undergraduate courses in the language, literature, and civilization of several countries, with emphasis on Germany and on its neighbors to the south, Austria and Switzerland. You can study Dutch, Yiddish, and Scandinavian languages as well, and we offer courses on Yiddish language and culture, the languages and culture of the Netherlands and Norway, and medieval Scandinavia.

Why Germanic Studies?

1) Language Teaching: The department boasts several instructors who are native speakers of German, the rest with near-native abilities. With a maximum of 23 students, our German language courses have a favorable teacher to student ratio. (Click here for more on learning a language.)

2) Overseas Study: IU has a strong year-long exchange program with Freiburg, Germany, and an excellent summer program in Graz, Austria. In Freiburg, students attend normal German university courses. In Graz, professors and instructors from the department teach classes individually tailored to the participants' abilities and credit requirements. (Click here for more information on Overseas Study.)

3) Upper-level Courses: Of all German programs in the US, Germanic Studies at IU has, perhaps, the largest variety of 300 and 400-level courses, with classes in literature, cultural history, linguistics, and a growing emphasis on film studies. We also teach a wide variety of English-language courses on German, Dutch, Norwegian, and Yiddish themes. (Click here for current course offerings.)

4) Other Languages: We do not just teach German, we also offer language-proficiency courses and minors in Dutch, Yiddish, and Norwegian. (Click here for more information.)

5) High School Outreach: High school teachers can arrange campus visits to IU and may request visits from our advanced graduate students to present cultural, literary, or film topics in their own classrooms. A dual credit program and a study abroad opportunity are also available.

6) Germanic Studies has a strong extracurricular German program with a weekly coffee hour in German (as well as Dutch and Norwegian) and German House activities that include Stammtisch (conversation club), at least six film showings per year focusing on recent movies, and special events like Art Museum tours in German, question-and-answer sessions with alumni or students returning from abroad, seasonal parties, and field trips. (Click here for more information.)

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