At New College, our faculty believe strongly that the study of German is about much more than simply reading, writing and conversing in the language. Instead, they emphasize a fully immersive approach with practical applications designed to help you understand not only the rich and diverse history and literature of Germany but the social, cultural and economic opportunities and challenges it faces today.
The concentration in German Studies/German language and literature at New College begins with a two-year, four-course sequence (four full-semester courses: Elementary German I & II and Intermediate German I & II). For students who have either completed the above sequence or already have an adequate knowledge of German, courses such as:
In addition to the curriculum in German language and literature in the original, there is usually one course each semester on a German Studies topic that is accessible to students with no background in the language. Courses taught in English translation include:
An area of concentration in German requires a solid command of the language gained by completing coursework beyond the second year and/or participating in a program at another institution, especially one in a German-speaking country. In the past New College students have accomplished this by completing summer ISPs and off-campus semesters at branches of the Goethe Institute in Germany.
At least one course in German history (modern German history) is also required; and relevant coursework in art history, religion, music, or German philosophy is encouraged. Students should demonstrate a thorough knowledge of major works and authors from the modern and classical periods in German literature. The senior thesis may focus on any aspect of German cultural studies; and interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged.
These pathways show how you could complete the AOC requirements within four years at New College or within two years after earning an associate’s degree. Please consult with your academic adviser to determine the most appropriate courses for your area of concentration.