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The Department of German strives to be a resource for enriching the international and cross-cultural awareness of all Amherst College students, in order to prepare them for global interaction within their future professional and scholarly fields.  The courses we teach in English, often interdisciplinary in focus, are open to all students and don’t require any prior knowledge in German. In German, we offer language courses as well as courses on the rich cultural and literary heritage of the German-speaking countries.  In addition, we support a variety of activities that help to increase familiarity with German culture, such as our renowned film series, guest speakers, the German residential section in Porter House, a weekly German-language lunch table and weekly "Kaffeeklatsch" evenings at Porter House.