Why study German?

Here are some great reasons to study the German language:

  • German has the largest number of native speakers in the European Union
  • German ranks tenth on the list for native speakers worldwide
  • After English, German is the second most commonly used language for science
  • 18% of the world's books are published in German
  • German speakers such as Kant, Goethe, Nietzsche, Kafka, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Freud, Marx and Einstein have made incomparable contributions to Western culture and its intellectual traditions
  • German society and culture today participate fully in the emergence of a more diverse and global Europe
  • Numerous programs for summer and academic year study abroad in Germany, and graduate fellowships like the Fulbright

Within the European Union today, the German-speaking countries - Germany, Austria and Switzerland (for most economic purposes) - constitute the largest economic block, with roughly 100 million inhabitants. And while English may be the world's business language of choice, the world will often prefer to bank in German. Germany itself is the headquarters for many international corporations and remains the world's largest exporter.

The German studies department at Connecticut College offers a flexible program designed to meet the intellectual needs of a diverse student body. Encountering a foreign culture begins where it is most recognizably foreign, in its language, but we believe it should also extend to include a knowledge of the traditions and history that make the other culture foreign to us.

Our department offers you a range of courses in German and English that explore literature and culture in ways that open up disciplinary boundaries and prepare you to be an active participant in an emerging global society.