Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Languages, Literatures, and Cultures




Learn about the requirements for the:

Courses in German

The German Program offers a variety of courses in language, literature, and culture, and there are also several ways to meet course requirements. See the Sample Course Plan for more information.


Professor Andrew Weeks advises students interested in the DAAD and Fullbright scholarships.

Online Placement Tests

Interested in enrolling in a German class? Take the online placement test to learn which level to start with.

Meet the German Professors

There are currently three professors of German at Illinois State:

They teach all levels of German language, literature, and culture and are active and productive scholars.  Their teaching and research interests can be found under Faculty & Staff. In addition, the German program benefits greatly each semester from classes taught and tutoring sessions offered by visiting native-German instructors and assistants.

Read Tyler Faivre's blog The Effect of Good Professors to learn more about our German faculty members from a student's point of view.

Learn about German at ISU

Videos Of Our Majors:

our majors Talking about German at ISU

Meet a former German Major

To learn about our alumni and read about their experiences in the German program at ISU, visit the German Alums page.

A Visit to a German 111 Class

A German 111 student was asked to tape a class so that one of his friends in Germany could see what an Introductory course on German would be like. We use this video with thanks to and the kind permission of that student, Tyler Faivre.


Get Involved

Student Organizations

Learn about the German Student Activites and opportunities, including Kaffeestunde (conversation hour), the German Film Series, Stammtisch, and the Coalition of German Students.

Study Abroad

Learn about opportunities to Study Abroad in Germany.


Presentation by German Consul

German Consul Visit FlyerThe Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures is happy to welcome the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany (Chicago) who will give his reflections on 25 years after the fall of the Berlin wall.

Thursday, November 13th at 2pm in STV 401.

Fall Semester 2014

flagThe German section is pleased to have two advanced German students assisting in its program in fall semester, 2014.  Oliver Schmiedchen will teach basic German courses and take part in our activities throughout the academic year.  Christian Janssen, whom we met last fall during his stay on campus, will be returning to assist in our German conversation hour and film series during the first half of the fall semester.

As always, everyone interested in conversation and good company is invited to join us for Stammtisch every Thursday at 6 PM at Medici’s in Uptown Normal.


Dr. J.M. van der Laan was interviewed by WGLT about Goethe's Faust: