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.

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.


Bachelor of Arts

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  • Communicate fluently in German
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of German culture
  • Develop insights into the nature of language and culture
  • Participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world

Career Opportunities

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

[The faculty] are my mentors — they include me on certain trips, such as German teacher meetings, and I talk to them on a regular basis outside of class. I have learned so much from them. The relationship that someone can make with a professor is sometimes so treasurable, like in my case.

I have had to do a lot of extra-curricular activities around campus as part of the grade. I liked that a lot, and I think it is an important part of the language and culture learning process.

Program Resources

The Oswego Guarantee

  • No increase in room & board 
  • Timely course offerings
  • High touch connections to alumni 
  • Small student to faculty ratio
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Movie Series

Through out the year our department hosts a free movie series featuring French, German, Portuguese and Spanish language movies, all with subtitles.

Study Abroad

Take classes and participate in internships while immersing yourself in all that region has to offer.


The Global Experience Travel Grant from Oswego is a monetary award specifically designed to encourage, support and promote student travel abroad to countries where languages other than English are spoken. Apply for this grant through the Modern Languages and Literatures Department.

Fulbright Scholarship

Excel in our program and as a graduating senior, master student or Oswego alumni you can apply for a Fulbright Scholarship to help fund research abroad or to teach English in another country.

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