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ILCS (International Literary and Cultural Studies)

German Program

Program Overview

The German program aims to promote an understanding of the vital contributions made by German speaking writers, artists, and thinkers to the past 800 years of civilization, and their implications for the contemporary world. As part of the larger Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literatures, it stresses the unique features of cultures in the German-speaking countries as well as their relations with other regions of the world.

A wide range of courses in German gives students with varied abilities, interests and goals the opportunity to attain a thorough knowledge of the language, literature, and general culture. Courses taught in German and English provide students with the opportunity to examine texts, including films, from the German speaking countries in their historical, social, philosophical, and political contexts.

In-depth language study will enable students to perform on a professional level in all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. They will read, discuss and write on major German works in the original language.

The Program provides the cross- cultural competency which must be an integral part of any liberal arts education that prepares students to lead productive and constructive lives in the in the interconnected world of the 21st century. Among the fields our students commonly enter are teaching, philosophy, art, business, law, diplomacy, journalism, public relations, publishing, and film-making.

Students graduating with a major in German will have developed:

A thorough knowledge of the German language allowing students to pursue an academic or professional career in the above-mentioned fields

Communicative competence and cultural literacy

The capacity for critical thinking in a global context

An appreciation for the aesthetic, intellectual, and ideological complexity of literary and cultural texts in general and of texts from cultures not their own, in particular

An ability to produce original questions for scholarly research and/ or creative productions

They will have learned:

To read and to analyze major German texts in full in the original language

To identify major periods of German literary history and the historical, political, and social contexts of major authors/works

The logical, linguistic, and rhetorical skills to write/present research papers on texts/films from the German speaking countries

The distinctive characteristics and roles of different genres and forms (poetry, novel, drama, non-fiction prose, film, literary theory, etc.) within German-language culture

A variety of aesthetic standards that have shaped textual production in the German-speaking countries and their ideological contexts

The distinctive contributions of the humanities to the ongoing debate about cultural values

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