Experience the past; join the future 

Willkommen! Students who enter the German program at Franklin & Marshall College become part of a legacy that stretches back more than two centuries—many of the school's founders were German scholars from the University of Halle.

Germany's status today as the largest economy in Europe, a top export nation, and an innovator in environmental technologies make the study of German in the twenty-first century an excellent decision for our times.

Located in the heart of Pennsylvania German country, Franklin & Marshall College offers a unique setting for learning German in North America. Our proximity to Amish standholders in Lancaster's Central Market, to the historic Ephrata Cloister, and to the school's own exquisite holdings in Pennsylvania German art make this an ideal laboratory for the study of German-American culture and a fitting jumping-off place for study abroad. Whether you come to Franklin & Marshall with a background in German or you wish to begin your study of it here, we have something to offer you.

Our courses stress speaking, listening, reading and writing skills while introducing students to the culture, history, and literature of German-speaking Europe, past and present. We offer small classes, encouraging a highly interactive, discussion-based mode of instruction. Students who study abroad build on their existing skills in German to profit from an in-country immersion experience. A large number of our majors have parlayed their study of German into rewarding careers in and outside of academics.

"Wer eine fremde Sprache nicht spricht, versteht seine eigene nicht." "Whoever does not speak a foreign language does not understand his own." 
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Additional Course Information

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad, usually in their Junior Year, choosing from a broad selection of programs approved by the College's Office of Off-Campus Study. 

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Departmental Awards and Honors

German and German Studies offers different departmental awards and honors including membership in the National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha.  

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Read more about some of the fellowships our recent alumni have been awarded. 

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February 28
event 2/28/2020

Beethoven@250 with Dr. Jeremy Yudkin

Miller Recital Hall/Nevin Chapel

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Story 11/12/2019

German Department Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Berlin Wall...

On Nov. 9, 1989, the winds of history toppled the Cold War’s Berlin Wall that divided Germany’s once and future capital between democracy and totalitarianism. Thirty years later, autumn gusts across...

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Story 5/3/2019

Senior Writes German Opera for Independent Study

A pianist and 10 singers performed “Zum Tod Folgen,” or “Follow unto Death,” F&M senior Parker Neathery's opera, written and performed in German. 

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Story 4/10/2019

Student Examines German Energy Policy in German

Germany wants to switch its energy supply to renewables, and F&M senior Teresa Norman is researching this transition, what the Germans call “Energiewende,” as an independent study that requires her...

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Story 5/4/2016

Three Fulbright Awards Among 12 Fellowships Earned by F&M...

Franklin & Marshall College, named a "top producer" of Fulbright scholars in 2014, produced three more this spring, as well as nine other scholarly fellows.

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Story 1/19/2016

Learning Languages Through Teaching and Tutoring

Four students invited last fall to launch a credit-earning preceptor program in F&M's German and Italian departments found new ways to learn the languages.

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