German Studies is a small student-focused department in the College of Arts and Sciences, providing courses in German language, culture, business, and history from the Middle Ages to the present. In addition, the department offers opportunities for contact with German-speaking Europe and for study abroad in Austria and Germany as well as the possibility of teaching in Germany following graduation.
Our department is known for its "students first" attitude as the faculty members provide personal attention to students needs and foster a positive learning experience within the classroom. We offer a major, a minor, an interdisciplinary minor, and an honors program in addition to other activities for learning about German culture. These include the Stammtisch, a weekly meeting where students can speak German with others, and the German Club, a student-run organization that provides activities for students throughout the year.
The presence of students from German-speaking countries enriches our Department’s culture, both inside and outside of the classroom. The Department of German Studies welcomes such students into our English-language content courses on German literature and culture, but restricts their enrollment in higher-level literature and culture courses conducted in German. In such cases the express permission of the instructor is required for enrollment. For obvious reasons students with this level of German-language ability may not enroll in German language classes designed for students still learning the language.
Finally, the German Department is well known for the impressive success rate of its students who have applied for Fulbright post-graduate scholarships in Germany. In fact 13 students were accepted in 2007, which is believed to be the highest number of Fulbrights ever awarded to a single university in one country. More recently, in academic year 2014-2015, five Fulbright recipients are in Germany and Austria.
In October and November 2009 we celebrated "Freedom Without Walls," the Twentieth Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. And in January 2011 Professor Rachel Freudenburg's Film FREYA on Nazi Opposition. Leader Freya von Moltke had its premiere at the Goethe Institute Boston.