Germany is a 21st-century world leader in engineering, economy, and exports. At the center of contemporary Europe, Germany’s prominence in the European Union draws on its rich and complex cultural heritage to imagine innovative solutions for the future.

Why German & German Studies at Sewanee?

Studying German at Sewanee is more than just learning a language, it is the complete immersion into the diversity of German life, culture, and history. You can take courses ranging from a focus on global icons like the Volkswagen Beetle, to an exploration of German unification through graphic novels, and questions of identity and the German colonial past in film and literature.

Studying German at Sewanee will take you really far. German is the most widely-spoken language in the EU and the German economy is the world’s fourth strongest. With more than 1,100 companies in German-speaking countries contributing over 700,000 jobs in the U.S., the outlook is rosy for the modern German-speaker. By pairing that with opportunities for study abroad, internships, and research available in German-speaking countries, you will have a wide range of opportunities open to you from medicine, to business, to nearly any global industry out there. Our goal is to enable every student to study abroad and the Jackson Cross Scholarship for students of German offers significant funding to help with the financial costs: every single student who participated in our summer program Sewanee in Berlin received funding.


Sewanee graduates secure positions in a variety of fields. Some you would expect, others, are a bit of a surprise. Sewanee prepares you for your profession and your passion. Below is a sampling of recent graduates' first job.

  • Research Assistant, Nexus Institute, Berlin, Germany.
  • Trade Marketing Analyst, Sage Tree, Chicago, IL.
  • Study/Research Grant, U. S. Department of State/Fulbright Fellowship, Berlin, Germany.

Sewanee graduates enjoy extraordinary acceptance rates to top graduate and preprofessional programs–about 95 percent to law school and over 85 percent to medical school. Below is a sampling of where Sewanee grads continue their education.

  • M.A. in Translation & Interpretation, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
  • M.A. in International Relations, University College Dublin.
  • M.A. in Modern European History, University of St Andrews.

A Sampling of Courses

German & German Studies

Programs of Study

Requirements for the Major and the Minor in German and German Studies


Liesl Allingham
Associate Professor of German

Gailor Hall 209, Ext. 1262

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