How to Declare German


Choosing German

Willkommen! Welcome to the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures! You can find information about our concentration, joint concentration, and secondary field on this page.

How to Declare

Did you know you can declare your concentration at any time of year? Just contact the department for help - current sophomores usually declare starting at the beginning of their sophomore year. For more information on our concentration programs, please contact Dr. Lisa ParkesDirector of Undergraduate Studies.

Information on concentration requirements, secondary field, and language citations in Germanic Languages and Literatures is available here. Discussing your plan of study with any potential department is an important step as a student at Harvard. Feel free to contact us at anytime to start!

For information on declaring a Joint Concentration please see our dedicated page for this option located here.

After consulting with an advisor from the department and developing the plan of study required by the Office of the Registrar, simply declare German via the my.harvard tool, where we will register our approval of your plan with the Registrar.  Please feel free to contact us with any changes or questions post declaration. 

Office Hours and Student Advising

Our faculty provide additional office hours to assist you in the weeks leading up to declaration, but we ask that you contact us  to make an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!

Pre-concentration and Departmental Events

Weekend in NYC: An overnight excursion to NYC to experience music and art grounded in German culture and history: October 22nd. (This event is full.)

Dudley House Party: An open house and all are welcome! Meet current students and get an insiders view. Also, there will be pizza!: November 1st, 6 PM Dudley House Game Room.

Deadalus Lunch: Come join us for lunch at Deadalus! November 3rd, 1-2:30. Please contact the department to RSVP.

Kaffeestunde: Coffee and cake and conversation. Come meet faculty, students, and staff and talk about everything Harvard related! November 7th, 3 PM Barker Center 365.

Come back soon for more!