The department offers six areas of undergraduate concentration: German literature, German philosophy and intellectual history, media and aesthetics, Germanic linguistics, the study of two literatures (German and a second literature), and German culture and politics. The graduate program offer students the chance to participate in an intense intellectual community and to work with scholars whose expertise encompasses the breadth of German literary tradition as well as contemporary interdisciplinary and theoretical approaches to the study of German culture.
1. Major A focuses on literary and non-literary texts in their historical and intellectual contexts, comprising courses offered by the Department of German Studies. With permission of the Chair, one appropriate course in another department or program may be substituted. Requirements : eight courses numbered above 14 (GERM 42-47, which are in English translation, require additional work in German), three of which normally come from participation in the Foreign Study Program in Berlin (GERM 29, GERM 30, and GERM 31). All majors must take the upper-division seminar offered in the winter term of their senior year (normally a GERM 60s course). At the end of their senior winter term, all majors will give a presentation based on their work done for this seminar. 2. Major B combines resources of the Department of German Studies with a coherent selection of those of other departments and programs, such as Art History, Comparative Literature, Film Studies, Geography, Government, History, Music, Philosophy, and Religion. In principle, any relevant course in the Dartmouth curriculum that is approved by the Department of German Studies may qualify for this major. Requirements : six courses in the German Studies Department numbered above 14 (GERM 42-47, which are in English translation, require additional work in German), three of which normally come from participation in the Foreign Study Program in Berlin (GERM 29, GERM 30, and GERM 31); four advanced courses from among those offerings in other departments or programs that deal substantially with the culture of German-speaking countries. All majors must take the upper-division seminar offered in the winter term of their senior year (normally a GERM 60s course). At the end of their senior winter term, all majors will give a presentation based on their work done for this seminar.
Students must earn a C and maintain a 2.5 GPA in all major courses. Freshman Fall Hours Spring Hours FLGR 1010 Elementary German I 4 FLGR 1020 Elementary German II 4 ENGL 1100 English Composition I 3 ENGL 1120 English Composition II 3 Core History 3 Core Social Science 3 Core Mathematics 3 Core Science I 4 Elective1
The influence of German language and culture reaches far beyond the boundaries of Germany itself. Bach, Hegel, Goethe and Einstein are only a few of the prominent artists, musicians, philosophers and scientists to come from Germany. As a German major, you will explore the myriad aspects of the German-speaking world. The major is designed to cultivate deeper understanding of the society and institutions beyond the language. With Germany's influence within the European Union steadily growing, opportunities abound for internships and study abroad.
The German major or minor focuses on language instruction, literary analysis, and exploration of the social, cultural, and political developments of the German speaking people and their nations. Students develop the analytical, critical thinking, and communication skills needed to succeed in a global society. There are many internships and study abroad opportunities like the faculty-led “VT in Germany” summer program. The VT German program is a close-knit community and professors know each student. The student-run German Culture Club, Teach for Jamie (an after-school program teaching German in local elementary schools), monthly coffee hours (Kaffeeklatsch), and other activities provide students with numerous opportunities to speak German.
Language school LSAY Lugano is a well-known language center in the southern foothills of the Alps. The school is ideal for improving the Italian language while relaxing in Switzerland. Lugano is an islet of Italy in Western Europe. A cozy city with narrow cobbled streets is colorful, original and interesting from a tourist point of view. Lugano is an amazing variety of possibilities for entertainment, active and excursion recreation. In LSI Lugano it is not difficult to combine study with interesting leisure.
The school is located in the center of the historic city. Just 300 meters from the school building begins the coast of Lake Lugano. Also near the school is the city university. In walking distance from the training center are other attractions of Lugano: galleries, museums, concert halls, historical sites. After studying, the students of the school can independently familiarize themselves with any of them.
Traditionally, for LSI training centers in the school in Lugano, several options for comfortable accommodation are offered. The greatest popularity among foreign students is enjoyed by host families, residences and hotels. One of the recommended hotels is located next to the educational building. There are single comfortable rooms with private facilities. The price includes breakfast in the hotel restaurant. In host families, students are accommodated on half board. In the residences, meals are not provided.