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*Unless otherwise specified, all courses are conducted in German.
Chair, Professor Julie de Sherbinin (Russian)
Achievement Test: An entering student seeking credit for a foreign language must either have taken the College Board SAT Subject test in the language or take the Colby language placement test during orientation before the beginning of classes in the fall.
The German program emphasizes the acquisition of superior skills in the German language as the basis for the study of the literatures and cultures of the German-speaking world. Unless otherwise noted, all courses are taught in German as students continue to hone their skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Upper-level courses provide training in close reading and analysis of literary and cultural texts in order to further students’ understanding of a culture different from their own. Students at all levels explore literature and film alongside culture and politics as well as history and contemporary affairs.
Majors in German studies are encouraged to study their entire junior year in a German-speaking country; majors and minors are expected to spend at least one semester abroad. Study-abroad options include approved programs in Berlin, Munich, Freiburg, Regensburg, Tübingen, and Vienna. The German faculty welcomes inquiries from students regarding the different programs and the one-semester and full-year options.
The major in German studies and the German minor provide excellent preparation for students who wish to pursue German-related grant opportunities, employment in international companies and organizations, or careers in government or academics.
Requirements for the Major in German Studies
The major in German studies requires 10 semester courses: six courses taught in German numbered above 127 including a 200-, a 300-, and a 400-level course and four additional courses chosen from the German curriculum, taken abroad, or from courses with a substantial German component in departments such as Art, Government, History, Music and Philosophy. Once declared, all majors must take at least one course in the German program each semester they are on campus until graduation.
Courses approved for major in German studies:
Requirements for the German Minor
The minor in German requires five courses in the German program numbered above 126 including a 200- and a 300-level course. Students who enter the program at the intermediate or advanced level should consult with their advisor in German regarding course selection.
The following statements also apply: