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.


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Sign up for Summer in Berlin, 2019
January 16, 2019
It's time to apply for the Sewanee Summer in Berlin program! Students will be in Berlin this summer from May 20-June 8, and will take language courses while living with German-speaking host families and going on excursions in and around Berlin. Applications are due on February 15. Please read more to apply
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Weihnachten Service
December 10, 2018
The German Department's annual celebration to close the Advent semester is a traditional German Christmas service in St. Augustine's chapel ( a side chapel of All Saints) and concludes with wintery treats at the German House. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30pm.
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Wiggies Descend on Sewanee
November 16, 2018
The Consortium of Women in German held its annual conference in Sewanee the weekend of October 18. Professors and scholars of German language, literature, and culture presented their research, but still managed to have fun: hiking the Perimeter Trail, visiting the Jack Daniels distillery, going on guided tours, and holding a Cabaret. Dr. Liesl Allingham will be hosting the annual WiG Conference in Sewanee for the next two years as well. Dr. Allingham is pictured with special guests, Reyhan Sahin and Faye Stewart.
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