Department of German and Russian


Did you know that German is the most commonly used language on the Internet after English? That the Russian State Library in Moscow is the second largest in the world? Join Colby professors for an in-depth study of German and Russian language and culture.

Students in the department develop a broad understanding of German or Russian cultures through courses that emphasize history, literature, politics, film, and language. Many choose to enhance their experience by studying abroad or through internships, while others work with faculty on collaborative research projects.


Students in the German program acquire superior language skills as the first step in studying literatures and cultures of the German-speaking world. Students hone language skills while exploring literature and film in the contexts of history, politics, and contemporary affairs to gain a deeper understanding of German culture.


The Russian program introduces students to Russia’s past and present through the study of language, literature, film, culture, and history. Grammar study in the first two semesters prepares students to read adapted texts, with progression to in-depth analysis of short stories, literary and historical documents, and novels.