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List of Top Universities with German Programs

Find out which top universities in the U.S. offer programs in German, which can include topics in culture, history, language and literature. Find program summaries for four leading institutions, and get information about other schools that offer degrees in German.

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There are highly ranked colleges and universities around the country that offer German programs. Completion can lead to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Master of Arts (M.A.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in German.

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The University of North Carolina, Amherst College, Georgetown University and Brown University all offer undergraduate and/or graduate programs in German and are highly ranked on U.S. News & World Report list of the best national universities for 2017.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC

School Highlight: The school's Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures (GSLL) is made up of 26 faculty members with expertise in fields like literary studies and linguistics.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) was ranked #30 on the U.S. News & World Report list of best universities in the nation for 2017. The university's Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures offers a B.A. in German. Students can concentrate in German literature and culture or German studies. UNC-CH also offers a joint Ph.D. program in German studies with Duke University.

Amherst College in Amherst, MA

School Highlight: The German Department at Amherst College supports activities that expand awareness of German culture, with guest speakers, a film series and a weekly German-language lunch table.

Amherst College is a private liberal arts school that placed 12th on the Forbes list of 'America's Top Colleges' for 2017. Amherst's German Department offers a B.A. in German. Once enrolled, students explore German literature and language as well as European history, politics and economics. Additionally, the department features a student exchange program, through which students can study German at Gottingen University for a summer, semester or full year.

Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

School Highlight: The graduate school at Georgetown offers dual and joint-degree programs, Master's programs, Professional Doctorate and Ph.D. programs.

Georgetown University, the oldest Catholic and Jesuit college in America, was tied for #20 among the best universities in the nation for 2017, according to U.S. News & World Report. Georgetown's German Department offers a M.A. and Ph.D. in German and a Ph.D./M.A. in German and European Studies. Graduate studies include topics in German literacy and linguistic theory.

Brown University in Providence, RI

School Highlight: Brown is the seventh-oldest college in the United States.

Brown University, an Ivy League school located in Providence, Rhode Island, received a 14th place ranking among national universities from U.S. News & World Report for 2017. It offers a bachelor's degree and a Ph.D. program in German studies. At the undergraduate level, students can expect to study German language and literature, the country's culture and history and the role of Germany in today's world. In the Ph.D. program, students have the opportunity to pursue higher level studies in these subjects. They are also required to choose four courses in a secondary field in order to broaden the scope of their training. Possible specialties include media studies, Jewish studies, philosophy and visual arts.

Top Universities with German Programs

Here is some information about other well-regarded schools that offer German programs:

  • At Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, over 50% of students take advantage of study abroad opportunities.
  • The library at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA has approximately 20 million volumes.
  • Rice University in Houston, TX was tied for 15th on U.S. News & World Report's list of national universities in 2017.
  • The University of California in Los Angeles is the largest university in the state.
  • The University of Maryland at College Park is home to the Language House, which has the goal of developing foreign language studies in the United States.
  • There are multiple research centers and institutes at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Students who want to explore German language, literature and culture can find undergraduate and graduate-level opportunities at some of the best institutions in the country.

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