The serious study of a foreign culture is by its nature interdisciplinary, as any one culture will embody all the myriad accomplishments and interests of which humans are capable, both individually and collectively. No one program or department can fully represent a human culture. What we in German Studies can do is provide of a body of knowledge so that you can make links to other disciplines and intellectual interests for yourself.
We in German studies facilitate this by cross-listing courses, accepting courses from other departments into the major and, at various times, by team-teaching courses with members from departments such as theater, Hispanic studies, Slavic studies and history.
Of course, you will likely find that any given course is fine, but wouldn't it be great if the professor would only just add a section on . . . ! Exactly how and in what way you pursue your interest in German and combine it with your other academic interests depends largely on you.
A good number of our students choose to double major. In recent years they have combined the study of German with environmental studies, French, economics, international relations, philosophy, psychology, classics, sociology, art history, American studies, government, biochemistry, and cellular and molecular biology.
Many of our German studies students have also applied to the certificate programs of one of these four interdisciplinary academic centers. These centers offer a more formal academic venue for creative mixtures and linkages between disciplines.
- Goodwin-Niering Center for Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies
- Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology
- Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA)
- Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy
A fifth academic center, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity is the hub for researching and teaching race and ethnicity across the disciplines and may present opportunities to interface with your study of German.