GER 322 Freud and Nietzsche: Introduction to Literary Analysis
Selected works of literature and their social and historical background.
As a German studies major, you immerse yourself in all aspects of German history, culture, philosophy, politics and language. Because the department is small, you work closely with your professors and tailor the major to fit your interests. The study of a foreign culture is interdisciplinary; we encourage you to take related courses in other fields. We also encourage you to study in Germany or Austria for a semester or an entire academic year. Our program gives you a solid foundation for a number of careers. Recently, German studies majors have had tremendous success securing Fulbright scholarships. In the past two years, seven have been chosen for the program, which allows you to study, teach and launch a project of your choosing in Germany.
German studies majors can undertake research projects either through one of our certificate programs in international studies, community action, environmental studies, or arts and technology, or through a two-semester honors thesis. Students have written on a broad spectrum of topics ranging from soccer and national identity in Germany to multilingualism and the successful multilingual polity of Switzerland.
We participate in an exchange that allows you to study for a year or a semester in Baden-Württemberg. The exchange also helps you find an internship. Summer study abroad is another option, with funds available through the department's John S. King Scholarship. You have many opportunities on campus to practice your language skills with native speakers (including daily lunch conversation at the Knowlton international residence hall) and learn about life in Germany. The department also sponsors academic lectures, film screenings, readings and cultural events, including an annual Oktoberfest.
Geoffrey Atherton's teaching interests range from beginning German through to senior seminars on the literature and culture of the 18th century as well as courses in English on such topics as Modernism and the city of Berlin and memory.
Suzuko Knott's research interests include Japanese-born German-language writer Yoko Tawada, intersections of German literary and cultural production with Japan and the United States, and sport and body culture of the 19th century. She teaches include Beginning German, Imagining Amerika, Sexology and Sex Activism in the Weimar Republic and Stories from the Road.
Karolin Machtans's main research and teaching interests are 20th and 21st century German literature and film, with a special focus on post-1945 German history and culture, minorities and transnationalism, representations of the Holocaust, gender studies, individual and collective memory processes, and translation studies.
A: I chose Conn because it just felt so right. I liked the size of the school and the location. My professors are willing to give personal attention to individual students. Conn also has a great environment for international students.
A: First of all, I enjoy learning languages. I speak Chinese, English and a bit of Japanese. German is just a beautiful language to learn. Secondly, I like the department. I like the professors and the activities. I took German history and EU politics in my second year, and my studies came together. It was like a puzzle. Each piece linked to the other.
A: The best part of CELS is that they lead me to ask questions about my interests and my future. Then they provide resources I can use to look for an answer, instead of giving out answers. They point out a way – not a way to a settled future, but rather a way to think about my career and plans.