German and German Studies

Students gain fluency and advanced reading comprehension; study prominent works of German literature in their original language; and examine Germany’s history, culture, politics, and contemporary society. Majors complete nine upper-level courses and study abroad in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland. Course offerings include Advanced Conversation and Problem Solving, Kafka and His Times, The Nazi Period, and Literature and Culture of Fairy Tales.

Students in the department have access to the German House—which offers housing and cultural events—exchange programs, scholarships through the Federation of German-American clubs, and internships in Germany.


October 10, 2018
Fall is in the air! The German House is hosting its annual Oktoberfest this Saturday, October 13 from 3-6. Don your lederhosen to enjoy bratwurst, pretzels, and camaraderie.
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Sewanee's German Department Attends Annual GSA Conference
October 4, 2018
All three members of the German Department: Richard Apgar, Liesl Allingham, and Ariana Orozco, along with retired German professor, Reinhard Zachau attended the 42nd Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, which met in Pittsburgh, PA the weekend of September 27-30, 2018. Dr. Allingham co-organized a seminar (with Stefanie Ohnesorge from UT Knoxville) entitled "Mapping Identities through Mobilities." Richard Apgar was one of 18 participants, and he presented a paper entitled "Walking to New Worlds: Pedagogical Travels and a Pedagogy of Travel." Ariana Orozco participated in the "Teaching German History in the 21st Century" Seminar, where she workshopped her syllabus for German Culture and Civilization: From the Romans to World War I. She also moderated the panel "Comics Studies: Graphic German Medicine". Seminars meet for three consecutive days and are a much more intense conversation around a specific topic.
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Kaffeeklatsch set for this fall
September 18, 2018
Come and enjoy cake, coffee, and conversation at the German House at the corner of Louisiana Circle and University Ave.
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