Welcome to the German Program


Study German, and enrich your academic and career opportunities! Learning German and gaining valuable insights into the history and culture of the German-speaking countries will make you competitive in our increasingly global world! Check out the student testimonials by some of our graduates who profited from their study of German at SSU.

radio_goetheCOMING UP: Friday, April 9, 5 PM-7 PM -- Ballrooms B and C Student Center, "50 Years of German Music: from Kraftwerk to Rammstein!"




"Energiewende": Listen to Hannes Weber's song on Green Energy in Germany that he composed for his workshop on October 23, 2014 as part of SSU's Sustainability Day & Expo!

What do we offer at SSU? You can choose between the special major in German Cultural Studies or a German minor. Or you may simply add two semesters of language study to boost your graduate school or job applications! In any case, it is a very smart idea to study German. Being able to communicate in German and having a solid foundation in German history and culture enhances the study of other fields, such as history, political science, global studies, music, art history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and other disciplines. For more reasons to study German see the "Why Study German"page.

"Willkommen an SSU"

SSU German students welcome you to the university--in German!! Watch their video here.


B1-German Proficiency Examination

The internationally recognized Goethe-Zertifikat B1 certificate exam is offered each spring at Sonoma State University. The certificate is respected as proof of competency in German all over the world for employment and Study Abroad. Click here to learn more

Learning German in Germany - Click here

Past Events

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German Favorites


LIVE-DANCE-PAINT: Works by Ceija Stojka, Romani ("Gypsy") Artist. Her works were exhibited in the University Library Gallery August 17, 2009 - October 30, 2009. See our interactive picture book here! Watch the exhibit opening on Youtube!

Germans in California

by SSU German students