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The German Studies Program encompasses the language, literature, culture, history, philosophy, art, and music of the German-speaking countries. The cultural and historical expressions of German can best be understood by interdisciplinary study and by situating German, Austrian, and Swiss cultures within the larger European and global context. In pursuing work in German Studies, students are expected to take a range of courses in the program, focusing on literature, history, philosophy, and politics but also taking advantage of related courses in art history, music, theater and film.

German/ German Studies

German Studies Website

The German Studies Program encompasses the language, literature, culture, history, philosophy, art, and music of the German-speaking countries. The cultural and historical expressions of German can best be understood by interdisciplinary study and by situating German, Austrian, and Swiss cultures within the larger European and global context. In pursuing work in German Studies, students are expected to take a range of courses in the program, focusing on literature, history, philosophy, and politics but also taking advantage of related courses in art history, music, theater and film. German Studies can be pursued as a stand-alone major but designing a joint major with another discipline is encouraged and fully supported.

Integrated into the German Studies Program is the initial study of the language. It can be accomplished by enrolling in the Beginning German Intensive (link to course description) course, which includes a month of study in Berlin.

Intermediate- and Advanced-level students can perfect their language proficiency by taking a variety of classes on German literature and culture in the original language. (Sample courses may be found here.)

For further information please visit the German Studies Website, or contact the faculty.
Faculty contact
and profile information may be found here.