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 three leading institutions, as well as a table with at-a-glance information about other schools that offer degrees in German.

School Information

The three schools profiled below include the University of North Carolina, Amherst College and Georgetown University, all three of which offer undergraduate and/or graduate programs in German and are highly ranked. Individual programs can lead to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Master of Arts (M.A.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in German.

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

School Highlight: 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 colleges in the nation for 2015. 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.

2. Amherst College in Amherst, MA

School Highlight: 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 tenth on the Forbes list of 'America's Top Colleges' for 2015. 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.

3. 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 ranked #21 among the best universities in the nation for 2015, 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.

Top Universities with German Programs

School NameDistinctionLocation
Brown UniversitySeventh-oldest college in the U.S.Providence, RI
Dickinson CollegeMore than 50% of students study abroadCarlisle, PA
Harvard UniversityLibrary has approximately 19 million volumesCambridge, MA
Rice UniversityRanked 19th on U.S. News & World Report's list of national universitiesHouston, TX
The University of California, Los AngelesLargest university in CaliforniaLos Angeles, CA
The University of MarylandHome of the Language House to develop foreign language in the U.S.College Park, MD
The University of OregonHome to various research centers and institutesEugene, OR

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