German Studies

Saint Louis University's undergraduate degree in German goes beyond language to immerse you in the history, politics, society, literary and other artistic expression and culture of the German-speaking world.

Major in German Studies

If you choose to major in German studies at SLU, you'll have opportunities for summer, semester and year-long study abroad programs that count toward your degree. Many students choose to study at the University of Heidelberg — and its U.S.-counterpart, Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio — or at the University of Frankfurt or the University of Stuttgart.

All instruction is in German and interdisciplinary in nature. You'll also have access to SLU's Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Language Resource Center and Center for Global Citizenship, and you can enjoy a German language film series each semester.

Students must complete 30 hours to earn a major in German studies. German studies students at SLU become proficient in oral and written German and become knowledgeable about the culture and history of German-speaking countries. You can round out your degree with classes in film, literature, journalism and business.

You must take at least one upper level language skills course, one upper level medieval course and at least one upper-level modern/contemporary course. Two more electives in German and a capstone/senior inquiry course are required to complete the major.

The majority of students earning a German minor or major meet the high academic standards for initiation into the National German honor society, Delta Phi Alpha. Initiation ceremonies take place annually during the spring semester.

  • GR 3010: Oral and Written Proficiency I
  • GR 3020: Oral and Written Proficiency II
  • GR 3200: German Culture Studies I
  • GR 3250: German Culture Studies II
Internships and Careers

Students who graduate with a degree in German studies from Saint Louis University are prepared to work in a number of rewarding fields, including:

  • Foreign service
  • International business
  • International law
  • Scientific research
  • Social service
  • Translation

SLU’s full-time German faculty members are easily accessible to all students for academic advising and hold the highest degrees in their fields. Their areas of specialty include German language and literature, Medieval literature, manuscript studies and German expressionism, culture of the Weimar Republic, and performing and visual arts from the 20th and 21st centuries.

  • Dr. Gregory Divers, Ph.D.
  • Dr. Evelyn Meyer, Ph.D. 
  • Dr. Sydney Norton, Ph.D.
  • Dr. Evelyn Wisbey, Ph.D.

Minor in German Studies

Students must complete 15 hours to earn a minor in German studies, including “GR 3010: Oral and Written Proficiency I,” “GR 3020: Oral and Written Proficiency II,” “GR 3200: German Culture Studies I,” “GR 3250: German Culture Studies II” and one upper-level German studies elective.

Special Events

German Immersion Weekend

Students enrolled in “GR 2010: Intermediate German Language and Culture” and most upper-division language courses take part in the German Immersion Weekend each fall semester, where they can enjoy German food, film, dance, and art.