Come and join German students and faculty every Tuesday evening at 9:00 p.m. in Porter House for a chat over coffee, and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment.

The first Kaffeeklatsch meeting of the Spring 2017 semester is on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017. 

German Table

The German Table meets every Monday at 11:45 a.m. in Valentine Hall in the Mezzanine. Come and chat with faculty and friends!
The first meeting of the Spring 2017 semester is on Monday, January 30th, 2017.

The Honors Program

In addition to the courses required for a rite major, candidates for the honors of distinction and high distinction in German Literature or German Studies must complete German 498 and present a thesis on a topic chosen in consultation with an advisor in the Department. The aim of Honors work in German is

(1) To consolidate general knowledge of the history and development of German language, culture, and history;

The German Theme House

Porter House
Porter House 

The German House, located in Porter House, provides its residents with an environment that encourages and facilitates the speaking of German and the exploration of the culture of German speaking countries.

Alumni News

Dear German Department Alums,

Please let us know how you are and what you are up to. If you have a minute to spare, drop a line, and an up-to-date photo if you have one, to our Academic Department Coordinator. With your permission, she will add your message to other alumni submissions on this site.

Our warmest greetings to all of you,
The German Department faculty.

August 31, 2014: Fundraiser for scholarship fund honoring the memory of German Studies major Rob Cooke '06


Majoring in German can lead to a variety of careers in education, government, business, international affairs, and the arts.  Our majors attend leading graduate programs, teach or take jobs in German-speaking countries and win domestic and international scholarships. 

Black German culture, history highlighted at Amherst-sponsored conference

Submitted on Tuesday, 2/18/2014, at 3:31 PM

By Peter Rooney

As more African-Americans are realizing they have German roots, and as Germans expand the notion of what it means to be German, a new academic discipline dedicated to examining the Black German experience recently had its third International Conference at Amherst College.