The German department at Dickinson distinguishes itself through its high level of contact with current German society and faculty interests in a large spectrum of topics and periods. We crafted our curriculum to expose students to the diversity of the German-speaking world while also supporting students’ acquisition of the German language.
Our curriculum is based on the principle that students come to German-speaking cultures with a variety of academic interests and goals. Our students demand an education that supports their language skills, and we task ourselves to do so within the mission of the liberal arts. To that end, our courses develop and hone students’ ability to understand, question, analyze, and discuss a wide variety of cultural forms within and beyond the context of German-speaking cultures throughout the world.
The Department of German is one of the top departments of German in the U.S. We have between eight and ten majors and minors each year. In recent years, we have had students receive DAAD fellowships to study abroad in Bremen and graduating seniors return to Germany as Fulbright English Teaching Assistants.
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“The best thing about my majors is their intersectionality. I want to pursue medical anthropology and international policy, and my majors give me a wide base to explore multiple avenues within these fields of study. One of my favorite moments at Dickinson so far was using a reading from my German class in an essay for my political science class. My exploration of the German language and culture allowed me to access more sources than my peers who did not have this language experience. Seeing how my language class could help me grow in another subject is a fantastic example of the benefits of a liberal-arts education.”