Germanic Languages and Literatures

Our program invites you to explore the languages, literatures, societies and cultures of the German-speaking and Scandinavian regions of Europe: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein; and Denmark, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. We offer language courses in German and Swedish as well as tutorials in Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Icelandic, and Old Norse, all of which provide a gateway to an exciting exploration of the tremendous impact these cultures have had on the development of Western civilization – from the Vikings to the present day. Consider the impact of figures such as Kant, Marx, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, and Freud on the development of modern thought; of literary giants such as Goethe and Kafka, Ibsen and Strindberg; of the fairytale worlds of Hans Christian Anderson and the Grimm brothers; of the current blockbuster crime fiction of Stieg Larsson; of Berlin as a modern film metropolis and as a center of innovative new art and architecture; and of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert in the classical music tradition. Our highly personalized concentration and secondary field options enable students to combine language study with fields such as film, drama, comparative literature, philosophy, art history, architecture, history, music, and folklore. Students can choose among the following options within the concentration: German Literature, German Cultural Studies, and Scandinavian Studies, or they may choose to combine their studies in a Joint Concentration with another field.  Department Website