Majoring in German Studies
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.
International opportunities and study abroad
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.
What can you do with a majorcertificate in German Studies?
Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:
Q: Why Connecticut College?
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.
Q: What drew you to German studies?
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.
Q: What role has CELS, the College's career development and internship program, played for you?
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.
- Freud and Nietzsche: Introduction to Literary Analysis
- Germany in Transit: Transnational Writers and Filmmakers
- After the Wall: German Literature and Film
- Imagining "Amerika"
- Intermediate German
- Trees, Rivers, and People: Environmental Consciousness in Germany
- Radicals, Terrorists, Pacifists in Germany after 1945
- War, Holocaust and Memory