Departments & Programs

Germanic Studies


The Department of Germanic Studies (GER) offers a full curriculum including German language, linguistics, literature, and culture, as well as courses in Dutch, Yiddish, and Norwegian. Faculty members teach at all levels; class sizes are moderate to small; and there are many opportunities for direct student-faculty contact.

Many Germanic studies majors complement their study of German with a major in another department or with a teaching certificate. The department encourages students with interests in business or international studies to learn German.

Information on exams for placement and credit can be found in the Foreign Language Requirement section of this Bulletin.

The Department of Germanic Studies is affiliated with the new School of Global and International Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, dedicated to providing Indiana University undergraduates with the intellectual tools they will need to live, work, and thrive in the globalized world of the twenty-first century. Degree programs associated with SGIS emphasize language proficiency, cultural competency, and in-depth training in qualitative and quantitative methodologies. SGIS students will enjoy unparalleled access to a stellar faculty and career-focused advising. For further information regarding the mission, structure and resources of the School of Global and International Studies see

Majors, Minors, and Programs

Contact Information

Department of Germanic Studies
Indiana University
Ballantine Hall 644
Bloomington, IN 47405

(812) 855-1553
germanic [at] indiana [dot] edu