The German-speaking countries form the motor of one of the world’s most powerful economies and are at the heart of Europe’s intellectual and cultural heritage. Our courses, taught in German or in English, enhance students’ critical reasoning skills and cross-cultural awareness.
Through documents, interactive software, and interviews with native speakers, learn about life and culture in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and begin speaking, writing, and reading the language.
Trace the flowering of urban modernism in Berlin’s public life, architecture, fine arts, and theater, from the 1920s, through World War II, to German reunification in 1990.
Examine German contributions to the emergence of film as both a distinctly modern art form and a product of mass culture, from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to Metropolis and beyond.
The German Department awards two annual prizes to students for academic achievement.