Dickinson's German department is distinguished by its high level of contact with current German society and faculty interests in contemporary German literature and culture. Although the department covers a large spectrum of topics and periods, students will find a general emphasis on the contemporary. Virtually all German majors spend a year at the University of Bremen through the Dickinson program, where they take courses in literature, the arts, history, political science or international relations, international business & management, physics, chemistry and other fields while honing their language skills.
The Max Kade Center for the Study of Contemporary German Culture, named in honor of the distinguished German-American industrialist and philanthropist, provides a focal point for programming related to the study of contemporary German culture at Dickinson College. Through the generous support of Max Kade and the college, German authors and scholars visit campus for short- and long-term visits. Visitors attend department courses, give lectures, hold public readings and/or attend our weekly German Table.
The Department of German is one of the top departments of German in the U.S. We have between eight and ten majors each year. In recent years, we have had sophomore students receive DAAD Fellowships to study abroad in Bremen and graduating seniors return to Germany as Fulbright English Teaching Assistants.
"The interdisciplinary German Studies program at Dickinson College has offered me a comprehensive opportunity to engage with a variety of academic fields. Courses in this discipline have introduced me to philosophical, sociological, historical, artistic, literary, and even environmental modes of thought that have worked to inform my understanding of the cultures of the German-speaking world."
—Carol Rynar ‘17