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 eight 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.

Upcoming Events

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Melida Bohm is new German House Resident
September 2, 2015
‌‌Mel is happy to be this year's German House director. She comes from the beautiful city of Münster in Germany. She is a senior psychology major at the University of Witten/Herdecke, located in the heart of the Ruhr area. When she's not studying or working, you will usually find her outside in nature doing all kinds of outdoorsy things, like camping and snowboarding. She's a big fan of the German and American traditions and enjoys good hamburgers or Weisswurst with Sauerkraut. Her goal, while in Sewanee, is to make new friends and help create mutual understanding and introduce some of her favorite German traditions and holidays.
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Sewanee Welcomes Dr. Liesl Allingham
August 24, 2015
The German Department welcomes Liesl Allingham. She comes to Sewanee from Virgina Tech where she received a number of teaching awards. Dr. Allingham research area focuses on the role of gender in 18th and 19th century German literature. In the fall semester she will teach the introductory course to German literature and an intermediate level language course.
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Dr. Zachau's latest book to be published
August 24, 2015
Dr. Zachau finished his new book Introduction to German Cinema slated for publication in 2016. In a number of chapters the book introduces popular German movies in their social and historical context. The book will be of interest to anyone who no or little prior knowledge of German movies.
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