German has always been part of the Luther curriculum, from the early days when Luther was mainly preparing students for the ministry and many of the important theological text were only available in German, to today’s Luther with its outstanding Music program, where music – sung and played – connects our students to the culture and history of the German-speaking world.

The German program welcomes students at all levels of language, from the beginner with no previous knowledge, to the heritage speaker who learned German at home but never had formal instruction; from the student who wants to major in German to anyone who want to acquire a certain level of proficiency for their intended careers, for graduate school, or for travels abroad.

Eight courses (starting with German 201) are required for a major in German. A semester of academic study in a German-speaking country is mandatory. Many students participate in Münster Semester program, but there are also other programs available.

For a minor in German, students need at least 18 credit hours (starting with German 101) and at least three weeks of academic study aboard.

Thanks to the gifts of very generous donors, the German program has scholarships available for students going abroad.

The German Program at Luther College is the Sigma Kappa chapter of the National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha, one of only four chapters in Iowa.