German was the native language of landmark figures in Western culture, from Charlemagne and Luther to Einstein and Freud. Our program allows you to master modern German.

The study of modern languages, literatures and cultures like German is especially important in a global society, as it helps emphasize similarities and improve communication between people and nations. Our Department of Languages and Literatures, among the largest in the SUNY system, offers learning in small classes led by faculty who encourage active use of your chosen language, as well as many study-abroad opportunities.

Launch your career


Practice your language skills at the weekly international coffee hour and in the friendly department’s foyer. Attend foreign films, lectures, discussions and field trips, and participate in German-American programs. Take advantage of our robust study-abroad and exchange programs with German universities or a Global Cities course in Berlin.


Opportunities include

  • Teaching
  • Government
  • Foreign trade
  • Travel
  • Publishing
  • Banking
  • Tourism
  • Intelligence

Graduate studies may include

  • German
  • Languages
  • Education


A multimedia laboratory with developing computer programs complements classroom instruction.