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View of a small German townReady to increase your social network, to visit new places, to access more magazines and websites, to enjoy more films and to follow what is happening in the world with insight?

German Studies at Converse can prepare you with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be an effective local and global citizen, and give you that creative and competitive edge sought in our increasingly international workplace.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts in German Studies
  • Minor in German Studies

About the German Studies Program

Offering both a major and minor, Converse’s program in German Studies is designed to give students a wide-ranging and highly personalized introduction to the language, literature, and culture of German-speaking Central Europe since 1750—and to the increasingly multicultural and transnational contexts that define these cultures today. This student-centered program is committed to the core curriculum of national literatures and cultures, while simultaneously pursuing interdisciplinary projects in fields such as aesthetics, film studies, intellectual history, and sound studies.

  • Close, individual attention and guidance throughout a student’s course of study
  • Intellectually stimulating coursework
  • Dedicated and caring faculty
  • Internship, research, and study-travel/abroad opportunities

We encourage students to:

  • Explore their own values while developing a deep appreciation for those of others;
  • Cultivate a deeper understanding of human diversity while recognizing the common humanity of all; and
  • Hone the analytical skills needed for a complex, multilingual world.

Faculty and students during study travel in GermanyCampus Clubs

  • Phi Sigma Iota (International Foreign Language Honor Society)

Study Travel

Travel experiences are an integral part of a student’s academic career. Languages, Cultures, and Literatures majors have traveled to Chile, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, Spain, and many other areas around the world.

Learn more about travel opportunities at Converse.

German Studies provides students with a fully integrated Cultural Studies-oriented program: language, literature, and culture are taught as a continuous whole in a broad interdisciplinary context. By studying the art, history, literature, philosophy, and politics of the Germanic world in a communication-focused, technology-rich setting, German Studies students attain both linguistic and cultural proficiency.

In lower-division language courses, students focus on developing fluency, grammatical competency, and cultural literacy through the use of authentic texts. In upper-division literary and cultural studies courses, students learn how to describe, analyze, and interpret a variety of Germanic texts in their historical and socio-cultural contexts, while further refining their linguistic fluency and accuracy.

For full course requirements, see the academic catalog.

Sample Courses

  • Seminar on German Literature: Dark Romanticism
  • Seminar on German Film: Early Germanic Horror Film
  • Seminar on German Film: Time Magazine’s Top Berlin Wall Films
  • Seminar on German Culture: Berlin, Metropolis
  • Seminar on Beethoven and the Age of Revolution

What are common careers in German Studies?

  • Education
  • Civil service
  • Diplomacy
  • Social work
  • Library science
  • Translation/interpretation
  • Journalism/broadcasting
  • Public relations
  • Sales/consulting
  • Mission work
  • Any career that requires you to be a creative and critical thinker, cross-cultural communicator and global citizen

What are German Studies alumnae doing?

In recent years, two graduates from the German Studies program have been awarded the J. William Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach English in Germany.

Grad Schools

  • Communication and Rhetoric, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • English Literary Studies, Lancaster University (UK)
  • The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh (UK)
  • General Psychology, University of North Florida
  • Medieval Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Professional Training Program, Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre

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