• <a href="/live/image/gid/491/width/650/86485_German_Studies_main_image.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image86485"> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 500px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/491/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86485_German_Studies_main_image.rev.1607647105.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/491/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86485_German_Studies_main_image.rev.1607647105.jpg 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(min-width: 501px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/491/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86485_German_Studies_main_image.rev.1607647105.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/491/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86485_German_Studies_main_image.rev.1607647105.jpg" alt="German Studies students who study abroad get to enjoy a full-year program at the University of Munich." width="720" height="690" data-max-w="1059" data-max-h="1015" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-split_image_caption collapsable-caption"> German Studies students who study abroad get to enjoy a full-year program at the University of Munich.</div>

When you join the German Studies program, you become part of a tight-knit community of teachers, students and scholars who are committed both to studying German language and culture and to celebrating the deep benefits of intercultural understanding. We believe that in encountering different cultures, languages, and ways of seeing, we learn to examine our own entrenched beliefs about ourselves, our communities, and our place in the world. Because we are a small program, our faculty devote individual attention to students both in and outside of the classroom. We hope you’ll join us!

Students can begin the German program at Lewis & Clark with no prior knowledge of the language and graduate with advanced fluency. Our courses cover a wide variety of topics, including Cold War culture, fairy tales, crime and justice, the environmentalist movement, and immigrant and refugee experience. Our year-long overseas program in Munich provides numerous opportunities for students to pursue coursework in a range of fields at Lewis & Clark’s own institute and the highly respected Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit├Ąt.

Our graduates pursue careers in politics, teaching, journalism, diplomacy, international organizations, and many other exciting fields. Many of our students also return to Germany and Europe as Fulbright scholars or to pursue graduate degrees at one of Germany’s many (tuition-free) universities. 


  • I chose Lewis & Clark because the campus was beautiful and the international affairs and German studies majors immediately interested me.

    Nicolas Read BA ’18More about Nicolas
  • One of my favorite classes has been American Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties. It made me reexamine my thoughts on law and society, and the discussions challenged us to see existing prejudices and biases.

    Alex Scioscia BA ’21
    Alexandria, Virginia
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  • Coming to L&C, I knew I would be an economics major because I am fascinated by trying to explain how the world works. When the opportunity came to learn German, I took it. I didn’t think I would keep going after the minimum requirement, but I was encouraged to stick with it and I’m so grateful I did.

    Annika Clunk BA ’20More about Annika

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