With Germany among leading nations in the automobile, engineering, chemical, and renewable energy industries, learning German creates professional and personal pathways for students to explore in the US–where companies like Daimler, Siemens, and Bayer are leaders–and in the German-speaking world. German being the most widely spoken language in Europe (100 million native speakers and about 55 million second-language speakers), there is ample opportunity for students to apply and extend their studies, interests, and careers with German. From biotech in Munich or “Silicon Saxony” in Dresden, or finance in Zurich and Frankfurt, to cultural diversity in Berlin as a major center for design and fashion, German opens new doors in your world.

German Studies at MIT engages students in the study of language at the intersection of contemporary culture, film, literature and the history of German-speaking countries. Students acquire communication and cultural competencies that allow them to engage actively in the German-speaking world. Personal attention in small group classes create engaging and rewarding experiences for each student. German Studies subjects prepare students for the opportunity to study, work, and conduct research in German-speaking and other global environments, whether through MISTI programs in Germany and Switzerland, or in a variety of future career options.

German Studies may be applied to the German major, minor, or Concentration. Learn more about requirements at the Academic Programs page. Advisors for these programs are below. Students uncertain what level of German language to take should refer to placement information. Information on transfer credit is available here.

German Concentration: Haohsiang Liao
German Minor/Major: Eric Goldberg
Global Languages German Studies group: Dagmar Jaeger | Emmalie Keenan | Mark Römisch

Fall 2021

21G.401/451 German I
21G.402/452 German II
21G.403 German III
21G.404 German IV
21G.409 Advanced German: Visual Arts, Media, Creative Expression
21G.029/419 City Living: Ethnographies of Urban Worlds
21G.055 Media in Weimar and Nazi Germany
17.561 European Politics

IAP 2022

21G.401 German I
21G.S07 Special Subject: German Oral Communication: Online Immersion

Spring 2022

21G.401/451 German I
21G.402/452 German II
21G.403 German III
21G.404 German IV
21G.412 Advanced German: Literature and Culture
21G.414 German Culture, Media, and Society
21G.057 Gender, Race and Environmental Justice
21G.058/418 Race and Migration in Europe