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Department Details: German

8 Feb
One of our German Study Abroad programs

One of our German Study Abroad programs

The German section of the German and Russian Department offers its students a varied, stimulating choice of courses in beginning, intermediate and advanced German language, German literature from the Middle Ages through the 20th century, German culture and civilization, and specialized courses, including Performing German, Business German and literature in translation. We also offer a minor in German.

We strongly encourage all German majors and minors to avail themselves of an opportunity to study in a German-speaking country. The Washington and Lee “Bayrische Studienwochen” (Bavarian Study Weeks) is a total immersion academic program in southern Germany directed by the department faculty. Students wishing a longer experience abroad may take advantage of the semester-long program with the University of Bayreuth or arrange with the Director of International Education to have credits transferred from another university’s study abroad program. The Department is committed to helping qualified students obtain internships or other work experiences in German-speaking countries.

The German and Russian Department encourages promising German students by presenting six endowed awards annually, two each at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, for academic accomplishment. German majors with high overall academic averages are invited to cap off their degrees by writing a thesis to earn the “Honors” distinction. All German majors and minors are encouraged to participate in the annual production of a full-length play in German in the Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts. Finally, the German Club provides social activities within a German cultural context.

Recent graduates with German majors are enjoying exciting and varied careers in such areas as publications, industry, law, international banking and teaching. Some have held internships with German companies which have led to employment after graduation.

For more information on the German Department, click here.

Tour Guide Spotlight: Christina Lowry ’14

8 Jan
Christina Lowry '14

Christina Lowry ’14

Hometown: Stuggart, Germany

Major(s)/Minor(s): German and Politics

What Clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? Theater department productions, Shakespeare Society, Pi Beta Phi, Mindbending Productions, ROTC

How are you involved in the Lexington Community? Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? Marksmanship and archery, camping, hiking, writing

Favorite weekend activity? Playing Pool

Favorite Thing about Lexington? The small town charm.  I love being able to walk around downtown and run errands without a car.

What’s Your Favorite W&L memory? Right before Christmas Break, a friend and I decided to stay up all night.  From playing pool to sledding to midnight hot chocolate and movies, it was a blast.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? I was hesitant about trying out for the German play without being in the class.  I mentioned this to my German professor (who knows I love theater) and he found the other professor who was directing so I could audition there and then.


Hola! Bonjour! 你好! Guten Tag!

16 Nov

As someone who knew that I wanted to study languages, the variety of languages offered at W&L was a big draw for me. We offer Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, German, Chinese, and Japanese. A special partnership with our neighbors at the Virginia Military Institute allows W&L students to study Arabic next door and our Classics department also offers Greek and Latin courses.

Last weekend my Spanish class took a field trip to Washington D.C. to check out the ‘Exploring the Early Americas’ exhibit at the Library of Congress. We piled into a van with our professors early in the morning, and got to see the first-hand the manuscripts that we had studied in class. After the Library of Congress, we went to grab a bite to eat and then stopped by the Museum of the American Indian before heading back to Lexington.

Needless to say, eating burgers in the Capitol with my Professors during a field trip was certainly an “Only at W&L” moment.

Check out our Romance Languages, German and Russian, East Asian Languages and Literatures, and Classics department pages.

Spring Term Abroad!

23 May

I just got back from a four week trip to Germany with the W&L Spring Term Abroad program. The trip consisted of language and cultural immersion so we stayed with host families, took day and weekend trips to various cities around Germany (and Brussels, Belgium), and did a lot of work with German college students studying in Bonn. There were 11 W&L  students total with one professor and it was without a doubt the most incredible four weeks of my life!!! Having the shortened Spring Term makes studying abroad super easy and gives students the option to have the best of both worlds: maximum time on campus AND the invaluable study abroad experience. Here are some pictures from the trip!

Belgian Waffles in Brussels: definitely a must.


Roman ruins in Trier, the oldest city in Germany

part of the group in Dusseldorf on Koenigsallee, the Rodeo Drive of Germany