Welcome to German Studies at the University of Delaware!
Dynamic courses, an expert faculty, personalized attention to students, and numerous opportunities to study abroad make German Studies at the University of Delaware a rewarding experience.
In October 1517, Martin Luther famously nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany and 2017 thus marks 500 years of reformation, which is commemorated all over Germany. Dr. James M. Brophy, Francis H. Squire Professor of History in the Department of History at …
We offer a spectrum of innovative courses and regularly update them to keep them relevant to students’ needs and interests. The curriculum includes classes in language, literature, film, history, current events, popular culture, and the European Union.
The Major consists of ten courses: The Minor consists of six courses:
GRMN 107 two 200-level courses
three 200-level courses two 300-level courses
three 300-level courses two 400-level courses
three 400-level courses
At the 200 through 400 levels students may choose any course that interests them, as long as it is taught in German. We are able to structure the curriculum in this way because the basic skills of reading, speaking, writing, and aural comprehension are integrated into every class we offer.
The German faculty is a dedicated group of teachers, each with many years of professional experience. We get to know our students and are readily available to mentor them. Students receive guidance in choosing courses, help finding scholarships and study abroad programs, as well as support when they pursue careers or further study.
We offer study abroad programs in two beautiful, historic cities: Salzburg, Austria and Leipzig, Germany. As an enhancement to course work, these programs include many excursions to cultural sites. Need- and merit-based scholarships are available for both programs.
Additionally, our students may compete for scholarships that cover expenses for two other study abroad opportunities: a four-week summer program in Fulda, Germany and grant for a full year of study at a German university (see below).
Scholarships, Prizes, and Support for Students
Thanks to our strong relationships with area businesses, clubs, and individual donors, we are able to offer a range of prizes and scholarships:
The Sepp Hilsenrad Memorial Award (a prize of $1,000 to an outstanding German major)
The Marion Wiley Memorial Award (a cash prize to an outstanding non-major)
The Delaware Sängerbund Scholarship (three prizes of $250.00 to top students in GRMN 105,
GRMN 106, and GRMN 107
Travel and tuition to the International Summer School in Fulda, Germany. We usually award two
of these each year.
Two Federation of German/American Clubs grants for a full year of study at a German university.
Check out the winners of our recent video contest, “Warum Deutsch?”
First Prize: Jessica Webb – https://youtu.be/wo22FMjkTe4
Second Prize: Dana MacIntosh – https://youtu.be/5g9X3T8sa9U
Honorable Mention: Dominic Badovinac – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf6lux0CZhI
Honorable Mention: Marc Glenn – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0bQK2jHka0
Support and Extracurricular:
Students are mentored and encouraged to apply for outside grants as well. Many of our German
majors and minors have won prestigious national/international grants and prizes.
We sponsor an active German Club with many members. Its events enable students to practice
their German and learn more about German culture.
We sponsor a chapter of the German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha, with a festive event each
year to recognize student success.