The Department of German fully endorses and strongly contributes to the internationalization of the educational experience offered to undergraduate students at Barnard College. German has always been one of the main European Languages taught at Barnard College, and the Department of German offers a variety of courses, from the elementary to the advanced level, to guide students in becoming versatile writers, competent interpreters, and confident speakers of the language. Through its course offerings, the Department of German provides students with a solid grounding, appropriate to their particular needs, in the various skills necessary to speak, read, write and understand the German language; it introduces students to the literatures, histories, and cultures of Germanophone countries or communities in a European and global context.


Spring 2019 German Language Placement Exams 
Friday, January 18th


Milbank 328


Students do not need to register. The test starts 10:00am sharp. Test results will be ready that same afternoon and distributed individually via email. If a student would like to discuss test results in person and/or get personal advice about the course of their specific language study and program offerings, Professor Motyl will be available from 1:00-2:00pm in 320C Milbank that afternoon.

Department of German
320 Milbank Hall
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
(P) 212-854-8312
Department Assistant: Sondra Phifer

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SP19 - Course Spotlight
SP18 - Course Spotlight!
Visit here for footage from the March 2018 trip!
The Barnard German Department organized a week-long project in Vienna, Austria, during the spring break for nine Advanced German-language students from Barnard and Columbia enrolled in Prof. Irene Motyl-Mudretzkyj's course, Vienna Stories: Filming Identities and Voices. The students met, interviewed and filmed refugees, recent immigrants and native Viennese to study identity, stereotypes and the notion of homeland. The students are currently making a documentary from this footage, which will be posted on the Department's website.