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The German Program at UVM provides comprehensive instruction in German language, culture and literature. The curriculum reflects a commitment to both the traditions of literary studies in German and to new developments in the field. Small classes emphasize student participation and use of the target language.

Areas of particular strength include the Age of Goethe and Romanticism; the 19th and 20th centuries; Austrian literature; exile literature; German folklore and proverbs; and Holocaust film and literature.


*Upcoming changes to Requirements for the B.A. with Major in German (2021-2022 catalogue)*

  • Thirty credit hours of course work in German starting at the intermediate level (GERM 2100/2202) or higher, including at least 3 credit hours at the 3000-level.
  • Six credit additional hours of course work in English with German related content.

Major requirements

Beyond the classroom

A major benefit of studying German or Russian is the opportunity of studying for a year or a semester in another country and culture. Many of our German students study abroad in Germany, Austria or Switzerland. and we host a study-abroad program at the University of Augsburg, Germany. 


Award-Winning Teachers

Our faculty have received university awards for excellence in teaching including the Kroepsch-Maurice Outstanding Faculty, The George V. Kidder Award, and Dean's Lecture awards.


  • Foreign Civil Service
  • Law
  • Education

Where alumni work

  • U.S. State Department
  • Peace Corps
  • Goethe Institute. Boston
  • International Research and Educational Exchange
  • U.S. Information Agency
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Graduate Schools

  • University of Oxford, UK
  • Harvard University
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Glasgow
  • Duke University
  • Ohio State University
  • UCLA Irvine
  • University of Indiana
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Oregon

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the BA  with major in German degree, students will be able to: 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing across the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretative, and presentational)
  • Synthesize and showcase knowledge of literary texts and other forms of cultural media from German speaking countries in their social, historical, and political contexts through close reading, textual analysis, research;
  • Demonstrate transcultural competence and international/global perspective.