Published: Jan. 18, 2013

German Program awarded highest distinction

Michigan State University’s German Program has been designated as a “German Center of Excellence” by the American Association of Teachers of German for 2013.

After carefully reviewing applications from numerous college and university German programs, the American Association of Teachers of German committee found MSU’s German programming excellent in every category. MSU’s German Studies Program is one of only two recipients for this high distinction.

The German Studies Program at MSU, located within the College of Arts and Letters, is uniquely situated to provide a humanist dimension for international and global studies. The program is intent on developing methods that produce the most effective learning environments for its students and is committed to doing so as a continuing process.

In addition, it offers a variety of curricular and co-curricular experiences on campus and abroad that are designed to enhance both the academic and pre-professional experience. This program has led the way among language programs at MSU as well as other peer institutions in its close attention to curricular review and revision at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Furthermore, faculty members are deeply committed to fostering student research and are very active in mentoring students in curriculum-based research projects, college-based research, and university research forums.

For further information on the German Studies Program at MSU, contact Tom Lovik, department chair and professor of German, at