At Hanover, you can develop your own pathway with German based on your interests. With major and minor options in German and German Studies, you can focus on advanced language acquisition and study abroad, or take interdisciplinary courses in the History, Music, and Philosophy Departments toward your degree.

If you would like to become a P-12 teacher, you can double major in German and Education and complete a teaching internship at a local school. German classes also count as electives in the Business Scholars Program and the International Studies Program. Connect German with your own interests! Our curriculum is based on an anti-racist approach and focuses on inclusive, intercultural and interdisciplinary topics to prepare you for global citizenship.

Overlooking the Ohio River on a foggy morning

The German Department collaborates with faculty across campus to offer current and innovative co-curricular activities and courses. In a recent project, students translated letters by a German-American settler for use in a history class, and in a future Spring Term (TBD), we will team up with the Theater Department to put on a German play in both English and German. The Chemistry and German Departments also plan to team up in the near future to take students to Germany for a class on fermentation and brewing! Join the faculty-led German Club to participate in co-curricular language and cultural activities! German-speakers from across campus and our greater communities are welcome to attend events.

Come learn about the German language and cultures through films, fairy tales, literature, music, plays, poems, translations and more… and write and perform your own!


Eat, sleep and drink German for a full semester at Philipps Universit├Ąt Marburg in Marburg, Germany. Short-term opportunities for language and culture study in Germany are also available during May Term.


A number of extracurricular activities provide opportunities for you to enrich your language and social experiences at Hanover. The German Club offers cooking events, coffee hours, walks on campus for German conversation, hiking days in German, German Immersion Weekends, a Reading Group and more. Collaborate with other student groups on campus to put on intercultural and cross-cultural events. Come share your ideas and interests in the German-speaking cultures.


  • German language
  • German conversation and culture
  • German literature and film
  • And other topics that interest you, including translation and German for the professions

Previous graduates’ career and professional placements have included:

  • Assistant to Director, Deutsche Telekom Incorporated (Chicago)
  • Secondary Language Teaching throughout the Midwest
  • English Teacher (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • McKinley Explorer (Holland)

Graduate school placements have included:

  • University of North Carolina
  • Brandeis School of Law
  • University of Louisville
  • College of William & Mary
  • New York University
  • University of Cincinnati


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Alexis Smith Assistant Professor of German 812-866-7209 View Profile