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How is it that the culture of German-speaking Europe has so profoundly influenced and shaped Western civilization—and especially the culture of the United States—through the centuries and into today? Can a liberal arts education be considered complete without an understanding of these influences?

The Department of German Studies provides the opportunity for students to explore these questions and many more in its language, literature and culture courses. Here, students will not only encounter a culture of "poets and thinkers" (and, we might add, scientists, engineers, artists and, let's be honest, some pretty vile characters as well), but also have the opportunity to experience German language and culture firsthand with our own study abroad program in Hamburg, Germany.

The German Studies Department has an unparalleled record in mentoring students for both undergraduate and graduate fellowships and offers opportunities for guided research with faculty members, who are, we might modestly but frankly note, some of the coolest people you will meet on campus. So whether you are looking for intellectual stimulation, advanced German-language skills or simply the cachet of possessing a great mind, the German Studies Department has something for you.

News & Events

Deutscher Tisch (German Language Lunch Table)

Every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m.
Duckett House Dining Room (Room B)

Please note: There are no language tables held during October break, reading and final periods, and spring break.

Upcoming Events


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

"Must Poems be Puzzles?" Lecture by Judith Ryan

Seelye Hall 106 - 4:30 pm

Judith Ryan is the Robert K. and Dale J. Weary Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Harvard.  A specialist of 19th- and 20th-century literature, especially of poetry and the novel, her most recent books are The Novel After Theory (Columbia University Press, 2012) and The Cambridge Introduction to German Poetry (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Professor Ryan taught at Smith College from 1967 - 1985.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"Nietzsche and the Return of History as Science" Lecture by Anthony Jensen

Seelye Hall 106 - 4:30 pm

Anthony Jensen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Providence College and author of "Nietzsche's Philosophy of History" (Cambridge UP, 2013). Professor Jensen is the Associate Editor of The Journal of Nietzsche Studies.


Five College German Events

Visit the Five College German Studies website for upcoming events.