Majors & Minors


The German Program provides students with the tools and opportunities to become competent, confident, culturally literate citizens of our global society.


Aaron Prevots

Associate Professor of French, Chair of Chinese, French and German Programs



Aaron Prevots

Associate Professor of French, Chair of Chinese, French and German Programs


We form strong critical thinkers and writers who excel in their careers nationally and internationally thanks to the flexibility and quickness of mind gained from studying language, literature, culture and film.

German majors and minors tie their language studies to in-depth analysis of literature, culture and film. The German program’s curriculum integrates speaking, writing and culture into all courses, enhanced by faculty mentoring and interdisciplinary opportunities. Students of German are strongly encouraged to study abroad as part of their education. Graduates have won prestigious Fulbright Scholarships to teach in Austria and Germany. Other funding opportunities can internationalize your coursework and boost your global career.

The German Program also builds diverse perspectives through courses addressing historical contexts, the environment, transnational writing and the European Union. The Capstone experience encourages German majors to go into greater depth and prepare for sophisticated work in many fields. Alumni pursue Master’s and PhD degrees and careers in teaching, business, management, international affairs and public health. 


Featured Alumni Stories

Jennifer Gingrich Christianson ’99

SU alumna wins merit citation for German teaching

Jennifer Gingrich Christianson ’99, a German/music grad and current high school German teacher, was one of eight educators to receive the Goethe‐Institut/AATG Certificate of Merit at the recent annual convention of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

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Megan McCarty ’09

Megan McCarty ’09, Distinguished Young Alumna

A gifted cellist, Megan McCarty ’09 distinguished herself as a Southwestern music major by winning the University’s concerto competition, working as special musicological assistant for a series of performances organized through a Mellon Integrated Scholarly Community grant, and becoming the first scholar to recognize the existence of a song cycle by Franz Liszt (1811-1886).

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German News


Rory Jones, Class of 2012

History and German major Rory Jones is an English teaching assistant at the Ganztagsschule Friedrichstadt, in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany


Erin Osterhaus, Class of 2009

Languages led Erin around the world