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German studies

German Studies

German Studies majors can choose between two tracks. The German literature/culture track emphasizes literature, though majors can also pursue individual interests in courses on film, visual culture, performing arts, music, political history, and women's studies that have a substantial German component. The German Area Studies track is a more broadly defined sequence that includes work in related disciplines. Students select courses from the Department of German Studies as well as courses with a substantial German component from other departments. Both tracks are designed to give students proficiency in reading, speaking, and writing in German, to acquaint them with German culture, and to help them develop skills in reading, analyzing, and discussing German texts in relevant disciplines. The German progam offers to its majors Honors in German Studies for excellence in the major (overall grade point average) and completion of the honors thesis. Many of our students are double majors in Comparative Literature, Government, Philosophy, Psychology, Economics, and Biology. Some of our students have gone into the field of finance and banking and work with international companies but many have gone on to graduate study in German, history and law.

Interesting Classes

  • German in Business Culture
  • After the Fires: Divided Germany
  • Literature of the Fantastic
  • Political Theory and Cinema

Students went on to...

  • Study law at Columbia University
  • Work in public health at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru

More Information

More information for the German Studies major, German Studies minor, German Studies graduate program is available in the Cornell University Course Catalog.

Visit the the department/program website for faculty and research information.