If you want to understand the modern world, you need to understand German-speaking culture.
Did you know:
- Modern physics – the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics – began in Germany (Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg)?
- The discipline of modern psychology has its roots in German-speaking Austria and Switzerland (Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung)?
- The philosophical movements of Existentialism and Postmodernism can be traced back to the German thinker Friedrich Nietzsche?
- The name of the Austrian writer Franz Kafka has become an international adjective for the bureaucratic absurdities of the modern world (“Kafkaesque”)?
- German innovations in publishing (the printing press), religion (the Protestant Reformation), and economics (the theories of Karl Marx) still influence millions of lives worldwide?
- German-speaking cultures are green? They are in the forefront of green technologies supporting fuel and food production, biomedical engineering, and innovative small industry.
In the German Program, you will:
- Gain a firm foundation in speaking, reading, and writing the German language
- Read and analyze key works of literature from around the German-speaking world
- Learn about crucial developments in German history, the arts, and culture
- Acquire critical and interpretive tools essential for academic excellence
- Develop intercultural competence necessary for today's global environment
Small classes offer an ideal teacher-to-student ratio for effective learning; committed instructors and individual attention ensure an excellent educational environment. The faculty of the German Program has a high degree of national and international recognition as evidenced by publications, participation in conferences, and membership in professional organizations. At whatever stage of linguistic and cultural competency you find yourself, we can help you to learn German and to learn from German – that is, to use the German language, German literature and culture, and the lessons of German history to unlock your understanding of the complex contemporary world.