The Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch offers an extensive language program with courses that range from basic language to advanced conversation and composition. We also offer courses in historical languages, such as Old Norse and Middle-High German.

The languages and cultures of Central and Northern Europe play a significant role in today’s global marketplace. They are at the center of current events involving issues of immigration and migration, environmental movements, and transnational cultural exchange. Learning one of these languages will allow you to look at current and historical events through the lens of another culture and to analyze a number of timely issues.

Known for exemplary teaching, our language program is ranked as one of the best in the country. By incorporating authentic cultural materials, such as movies, songs, texts, and websites, GSD language courses go beyond the traditional methods of teaching. These mediums provide students not only with a sound base in the grammar and vocabulary of the language, but also with a deeper understanding of the language's culture.

Lena Norman