The Department of German Studies offers a program that promotes an understanding of the connections between language and its larger cultural contexts and prepares its students for diverse career paths by integrating curricular and experiential learning. We aim to lead our students to what is called ‘‘translingual and transcultural competence,’’ a proficiency that is essential in all fields in today’s globalized world. On advanced projects, we cooperate with colleagues at Mount Holyoke or the Five Colleges who are experts in, for example, film studies, economics, science, history, politics, art, music, philosophy, and literature. Finally, our graduates gain a much deeper grasp of their own languages and cultures, a much more substantive level of self-awareness of their own traditions and values. All courses are designed to contribute in various ways to the College's Learning Goals and the German Studies department learning goals.
For detailed information regarding credits or courses for the major and minor see the German Studies section of the course catalog. The most current description of the German studies major and minor are below.