See the world from a global perspective with a major or minor in German. From Kant to Kafka, and Gauss to Planck, Germany has produced some of the world’s most influential and enduring contributions to literature, philosophy, science, and mathematics. As a German student at 91Ƶ, you can choose to focus your studies on the language, to develop important communication and critical thinking skills, or the German studies track, where you’ll explore German-speaking cultures through literature, film, art, music, intellectual and political history. Since German is a valuable language for business and academic pursuits, many students combine their interest with other majors including political science, international studies, business and economics, biology, math or religious studies. 

German up close In and Beyond the Classroom

91Ƶ German student smiles in front of historic building while studying abroad

Global Education

A semester or year abroad is a transformative experience for German majors. Randolph-Macon’s direct exchange program with Phillips Universität in Marburg is a popular option. A charming university town, Marburg is set in a river valley in the middle of Germany and offers some of the best-preserved medieval architecture in the country, as well as lots of cool cafes, restaurants, and entertainment. As a direct exchange student, your Phillips Universität courses transfer directly for Randolph-Macon credit. Interested in studying elsewhere? No problem. Through Randolph-Macon partner , you may also choose to study at other exciting universities in Germany, Austria or Switzerland.

Hands-On Research

Through capstone research, independent study, or as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, German students are encouraged to pursue their own research on topics related to German culture, film, history, art and literature. A German faculty advisor mentors you throughout the research process. This hands-on research experience is yet another way to immerse yourself in your learning and equips you with valuable research and critical thinking stills that are applicable in a range of careers. Departmental awards, The Gerd and Johanne Gilhoff Award in German and the Prämienbücher Award, often honor students whose extraordinary dedication to the study of German language and culture includes a research project. 

Advising and Mentorship

Modern languages department faculty take pride in guiding 91Ƶ students through their language and cross-cultural experiences with empathy and support. They foster community among students studying German, and more broadly languages at 91Ƶ, and guide not only your academic journey, but your future career.

  • 35
    the number of dialects in the German language
  • 155M
    people speak German
  • 6
    countries designate German as the official language (Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein)

German in full Courses You Won’t Want to Miss

(A very small sample)

GERM 245

Conversation and Film: The Context of the Two Wars

Learn how World War I and II affected German society and culture. Apply critical thinking skills to a range of films, texts, visual art and music to reflect on the nature of the political and social changes that influenced and shaped lives. Study Stefanie Zweig’s autobiographical account of her family’s risky self-exile to escape Nazi persecution; and analyze Bernhard Schlink’s novel The Reader about post-war German society and how it comes to terms with the Holocaust and the war in Germany. 

GERM 305

Conversation in German: Diversity in German Culture

Analyze recent German history through the lens of migration and transculturation. Discuss literary and visual representations of migrants and social outcasts in German literature, film, music, and art. Examine the work of multiethnic writers and artists to explore concepts of otherness and belonging. 

GERM 373

Advanced Business German

Learn how to use German in specific business-related contexts and function in business settings. Study current economic and political events related to the European Union, environmental issues, recent historical events, cultural issues that inform business practices, job search and job interviews, office organization and equipment, social meetings with business partners and small talk. 

Opportunities Worth Grabbing

Popular activities and programs among German majors
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German Club

Deutsches Mittagessen

German Lunch Table gatherings

Kaffee & Kuchen

Learning German for coffee, cake, and conversation auf Deutsch.

From Here To What you can do with a German degree from 91Ƶ.

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hallie lauder ’22

Legislative Intern
Office of Senator Christopher Coons

“As an International Studies major who specialized in Western Europe, learning the German language allowed me the ability to deeply connect to my area of study. I truly believe everyone should try to learn a new language. It is incredibly rewarding.”

Jeremy Binder ’05

Senior Manager of Publisher Operations

daniella hafner ’21

Programs Assistant
Global Business School Network

nya burwell ’22

VCU’s Premedical Graduate Health Sciences Program 

“The German program became my second “Heimat” (home) during my four years at 91Ƶ. Not only did I learn the German language, but I also learned incredible aspects of German history. In the medical field, I regularly use the skills I learned from the German courses. I now know how to communicate with individuals from different cultural backgrounds, whether it be in a classroom or hospital setting. I also understand the importance of learning about other cultures and its history!

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Faculty and Staff Honored with Prestigious Awards

President Robert R. Lindgren and Provost Alisa J. Rosenthal have announced the winners of the College’s most distinguished awards for faculty and staff.

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Randolph-Macon Professors Earn Tenure and Promotion

Randolph-Macon College President Robert R. Lindgren is pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees recently voted to approve the…

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SURF Feature: Benjamin Selimotic ’24 Studies Youth Nationalism in Post-Conflict Societies

Benjamin Selimotic ’24’s (Political Science and German double-major) hometown of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, sits on the Neretva River, which bisects…

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