ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study German at Goucher?

One-hundred million people worldwide speak German, and Germany has the largest economy in Western Europe and the third-largest economy in the world. German language skills make a fine complement to majors in business, science, philosophy, and more, whereas Germany has produced some of the world's greatest scientists, philosophers, historians, and thinkers of all time. 

The German minor connects deep understanding and exploration of language with the kind of broad, interdisciplinary study that you can only get at a liberal arts institution—and enables you to put your learning into practice through study abroad, service-learning, and internship opportunities.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?

All of Goucher’s language programs engage students in the study of compelling transnational issues through the study of foreign languages and cultural texts produced by other countries. Our faculty is international and interdisciplinary in its research and teaching, offering courses in areas as diverse as film, literature, culture, anthropology, theatre, folklore, socio-linguistics, and ecology.

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?

Students minoring in German must accumulate a minimum of 18 credits at the 200 and 300 levels, with at least one course at the 400 level, and one Goucher-sponsored study abroad program in the target country in the target language (three-week Intensive Course Abroad at any level, or a semester abroad). Students may opt to spend the fall or spring semester at the Ebenhard Karls University in Tubingen, Germany.

Minors must complete GER 234GER 240GER 250, and two 200-level and two 300-level courses offered at Loyola College and/or the Johns Hopkins University.

Course Curriculum


Major & Minor Program Contacts
German Minor: Uta Larkey

Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Antje Krueger, Assistant professor of German

Uta Larkey, Associate professor of German

Professor Emeritus or Emerita or Emeriti
Sybille Ehrlich, Associate professor of German

Part-Time Faculty
Johannes Birke

Study Abroad

Berlin ICA (Goucher faculty-led)
This course is taught in Germany's capital Berlin by Goucher faculty. Students take language classes on different levels, and study Berlin's history and culture. Students can take this ICA as equivalent for GER 110, GER 120, GER 130, and GER 272.program terms: 3 weeks, summer

Berlin (partner organization: FUBiS)Goucher students can take German intensive classes on different levels (e.g. GER 120, GER 130) through the FUBiS program at the Freie Universität in Berlin. Students who wish to study through FUBiS need the approval of the German program director. program terms: 4-6 weeks, summer and winter

Lüneburg (partner organization: USAC)
Lüneburg is geared towards students interested in learning the German language and focusing on European Studies - specifically Germany's role within the European Union. The program offers courses in three academic areas: German Language, European and Engineering Studies. program terms: semester, fall and spring

Berlin (partner organization: FU-BEST)
The FU-BEST program combines language studies and European Studies classes in English. Students can take German on different languages, and choose from a variety of classes in English. Fall and Spring semesters.

Opportunities & Internships


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

Job Search

A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CEO Job Search page.

Student Employment

Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Education Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Goucher Recruit — an online site for job postings and job fair events.

Major & Career Exploration

Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.


Graduate & Professional School

Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CEO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.

Student Testimonials

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    Michelle McAdams (Communications Major, '17)

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    Hannah Brogan (Philosophy and Psychology Double Major, '19)

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    Nathaniel Jaffe (Theater Major, '18)

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    Samuel Shapiro (Physics and Mathematics Double Major, '18)

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    Jamie Tull (Religion Major, '18)