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German Area Studies

German Area Studies

With a focus on cultivating future leaders who possess an awareness and appreciation of cultural differences and the ability to negotiate those differences in productive ways, the German Area Studies Program trains learners to reflect on the world and themselves through the lens of another language and culture.


Student Profile: Hannah Bendull '21

Hannah Bendull '21

Major: Environmental Studies
Minor: German Area Studies

“Upon entering the Colleges, I set a goal to take courses in German to improve my writing, grammar and academic understanding of the language. I have gained an amazing community within the German Area Studies Department and the German Club. I've also gained a deeper appreciation for the culture, which led me to study abroad in Germany.”

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Spotlight: Recent Grad

Recent Grad

Stephen Enos '15

Current Position: Doctoral Candidate, Paul Langerhans Institute Dresden

Current Location: Dresden, Germany

Major: Biochemistry

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Sample Courses

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Beginning German I
German instruction endeavors to foster inter-cultural competence by infusing historical knowledge, cultural artifacts, and social structures into the very first lesson. Kontakte, the instructional materials for both German 101 and 102, is a communicative-based text that offers many opportunities for intercultural investigation. Instruction is designed to improve all skill areas of language acquisition through level-appropriate reading, writing, listening, and oral assignments.