German Studies exposes students to the language, literature, and culture of the German speaking areas of Central Europe. Concentrators combine intensive study of the German language with interdisciplinary studies by complementing courses from the German Studies core program with courses from other departments that deal with topics from the German cultural tradition. The quest for national identity that dominated German history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries has been augmented by contemporary Germany's efforts to come to terms with its past and create new ways of dealing with diversity. Our curriculum therefore looks back at the German literary, cultural, and historical tradition, examining figures from Goethe or Christa Wolf to Marx, Freud, Nietzsche, and Heidegger, alongside the “texts” of contemporary German media, including television, film, and music. Most concentrators study abroad for one or two semesters.
*In spring 2017, Professor Jane Sokolosky will serve as concentration advisor. Professor Kristina Mendicino will return as concentration advisor in fall 2017.
Here's what concentrators from the classes of 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, reported they were doing in their first year after graduation.
- Analyst, CMA Strategy Consilting
- Assistant to the Director, German Book Office New York
- Federal Analyst, Deloitte Consulting
- Fulbright Scholar - English Teaching Assistant, Fulbright Commission
- Investment Banking Analyst, Barclays
- MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program, PhD, Geophysics
- Editorial Researcher, Foreign Policy Magazine
- Policy & Advcocacy Intern, Center for Civilians in Conflict
- Project Manager, E. J. McKay & Co., Inc.