In addition to its offering German courses the German Studies Department offers other activities that help provide students with a broader knowledge of German culture.
The German Club offers students activities throughout the year and promotes the German Table, or Stammtisch, which is a place where students can practice their German-speaking skills. The Heinz Bluhm Memorial Library is located in the German Department and is open to the entire Boston College community. The Luther Index Verborum is an ongoing major scholarly project housed in the Department with an online database of Martin Luther's Writings.
Finally, the German Department has been successful with its students applying for the Fulbright Scholarship. In 2006-2007 we actually produced 13 Fulbright scholars for post-graduate work in Germany, which was the most that year of any university in the United States. Boston Globe
Activities and Resources
The German Club is Boston College's student-run organization for the promotion of German language and culture. The primary purpose of the German Club is to act as a forum to keep people involved in the German language and German Studies connected to each other. Thus the German Club serves undergraduate students at BC, graduate students, and international students—even faculty and staff participate in Club activities. Anyone can join.
The Club organizes social functions such as an Oktoberfest, a Christmas party, and a weekly German Table. Each year we celebrate the beginning of the Fall semester with a picnic at Hovey House to welcome our students. For more information visit the Club's Facebook site or contact the club's officers.
Jane (Jiaxi) Wu
Linda (Yanlin) Zi (Vice President)
Elisa Wirth (Treasurer)
Stammtisch is a weekly opportunity for students to come together and practice speaking German in an informal setting. Topics of current events are discussed as well as "Alltagsgespräche". Snacks are always served!
Read all about us in the spring 2004 issue of Boston College magazine. For more information contact Francesca von Krauland.
An important academic asset of the Department of German Studies is the Heinz Bluhm Memorial Library (Lyons 201E), containing approximately 4,000 volumes from the collection of the late Heinz Bluhm (1907-1993). Professor Bluhm was the founder (in 1968) and long-time chair (1968-1976) of the Department of Germanic Studies.
The Library consists chiefly of the Germanic volumes from Professor Bluhm's own extensive personal research library which he amassed over the period of more than six decades. Upon his death in November of 1993 Professor Bluhm bequeathed his collection to Boston College. The particular strengths of the Library are (1) Martin Luther, (2) the Age of Goethe and (3) Nietzsche, although the full spectrum of German life and letters—from the Middle Ages well into the Twentieth Century—is richly represented as well.
The Library opened in the summer of 1996. It is located in Lyons Hall 201E on the Boston College middle campus. The Library is open during the academic year on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It is available for use by the entire Boston College community.
The Index Verborum is a reference guide that accesses over 323 German writings of Martin Luther, from the critical historical period of 1516 through 1525. This searchable database will facilitate scholars' ability to rapidly ascertain locations of specific words in original text sources, allowing ready access to Luther's linguistic or contextual usage, and hence, enabling analysis of his original meaning or intent.
- go to the Boston College Library's catalog - databases, or
- use this link https://htmldbprod.bc.edu/prd/f?p=726
In recent years the Department of German Studies has enjoyed unusual success in promoting its own graduating seniors (most particularly its majors and minors) for Fulbright Fellowships to Germany and Austria. Since 2001 we have averaged six Fulbright Fellows per year to German-speaking Europe.
In the competition for 1998-1999 a total of seven Boston College students received Fulbright grants to Germany—more than any other university in the United States. We had our all-time record of 13 in 2006-2007. More recently, in 2010, there were four recipients for Germany and one for Austria, and in 2011 there was a total of seven.
The Fulbright Fellowship provides a full stipend for one academic year of study at a foreign university. Perhaps more importantly, it represents a prestigious life-long distinction which is of inestimable value later in life.
Students are strongly encouraged to begin planning for the Fulbright application as early as possible in their careers at Boston College. All who are interested should e-mail Professor Michael Resler of the German Studies Department.
General information is provided by The Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
Apply for an internship in Germany to learn first-hand about daily life and business practices. Students must be a German major or
German minor. Application process for the German Studies Summer Internship Program starts at the beginning of the Fall semester.
Contact: Ursual Mangoubi, German Studies Department
Brief Program Description
Since the internship program began in January 2004 we’ve had participants. Twenty-two of the internships have been obtained via our partners at the USA-Interns Program in Frankfurt.
Our partnership began in 2005 when Vladmir Ilic, a 2006 Carroll School of Management graduate, did a paid internship at the Frankfurt office of Cerberus, a private equity firm. Most recently, in summer 2015, USA-Interns placed three Boston College students:
- John Ebersole (MCAS '18) will do research at the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT).
- Jake Ciafone (MCAS '18) will intern at the Hessisches Ministerium für Soziales und Integration in Wiesbaden.
- Nicholas Crain (CSOM '17) will be interning in the Mayor's Office/Treasurer of the City of Frankfurt.
In addition 2015 MCAS graduate Maria Nero was accepted to participate in the 2015-2016 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, a highly competitive year-long study and internship program.
Michael George, a '04 graduate in economics, was our very first intern. He completed a year-long internship at the Munich office of Intel and is now working at Vodaphone in Düsseldorf. Toward the end of his stint at Intel he gave a one-hour presentation at their Zürich office entirely in German. He was rightly proud of this, since his German was only at the intermediate level when he first arrived in Munich.
Michael was succeeded in Munich by interns Craig Zematis and Katherine McDaniel. Craig received a regular position with Intel in the UK and has since moved back to Boston.
There are many specialized programs through DAAD such the RISE summer internship program for biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and engineering majors. Combine a DAAD summer course grant which pays part of your transportation costs, with a summer internship in Germany.
For information about these internships, please contact Ursula Mangoubi, German Studies Department.
The Catholic University of Eichstäaett-Ingolstadt offers a teaching assistant position for one academic year to graduated Boston College students and current graduate students. The CU is a top-ranked university in the middle of Bavaria, about 40 miles outside of Munich, Germany.
The TA will teach two content focused courses in American Studies taught in English with emphasis in Political Science, Economics, Literature, Film, History, etc. The teaching period is from October to February and from April to July.
Students interested in the program have to be nominated by Prof. Michael Resler. Once the nomination has been confirmed with CU-Eichstätt, the application process can begin. The deadline of the program is usually in May. For more information about the program, the application requirements and process, please contact Prof. Resler of the German Studies department. materials
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