America has many long-established social and cultural ties with the nations of the German-speaking world: Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Today, a knowledge of German has become important for anyone engaged in international commerce, research and technology. The department offers a major in German, a minor in German, and a minor in German Studies. More generally, the Department of German and Slavic Studies seeks to provide students with a broad range of courses, degree programs, study abroad opportunities and internships to develop proficiency and cultural literacy in German and Russian.  The department’s mission is to prepare all students for success as professionals and for life-long critical engagement as global citizens through the study of language, literature and media as an integral part of the liberal arts education.

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