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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 such questions and others in its language, literature, and culture courses. Here, students will encounter a culture of "poets and thinkers" (as well as scientists, engineers, artists, and some admittedly unsavory characters), and have the opportunity to experience German language and culture firsthand through Smith's 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. 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. beginning February 2
Duckett House Dining Room C

Please note: There is no language table during Fall Recess or Thanksgiving Break.  Also, no language tables are held during reading period and final exams.


Upcoming Events


Staging Blackness and Performing Whiteness in Eighteenth-Century German Drama

Lecture by Wendy Lou Sutherland '87

Monday, March 27 at 4:30 pm

Seelye Hall 106


wendy Lou sutherland is an Associate Professor of German Studies - Gender Studies at the New University of Florida.  Her recent book deals with race in eighteenth-century German drama.  This talk deals specifically with the presence, invisibility and repression of the slave trade and slavery in the eighteenth-century Prussian domestic sphere, specificially the table and goods consumed at the table.


Hamburg Departure Breakfast Meeting

Wednesday, April 19 at 7:30 am

Campus Center room 204


For students leaving on Study Abroad in Hamburg, Germany for the Fall 2017.


Maifeier 2017

Monday, May 1 at 4;30 pm

Seelye Hall 207







Five College German Events

Visit the Five College German Studies website for upcoming events.