German Studies majors master a language known for its intellectual and creative culture.
From Beethoven to techno, German culture has a deep and personal passion for music. As a study-abroad student you can visit the homes, churches and concert halls of your classical heroes and then dance all night to the latest Berlin beats.
German is a language of intellect, one of the great achievements of human civilization. The backbone of European philosophy is a series of towering figures writing in German—Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche and Heidegger, just to name a few.
New York City is one of the major centers of German culture outside of Europe. Art old and new, food and festivals—our proximity to New York City means students can experience a diverse array of all things German.
We study the traditional great authors as well as contemporary cultural artifacts such as films and graphic novels. Because we’re small we work one-on-one with students to personalize their studies (and write really detailed letters of recommendation for them later).
Careers Made easy
Knowledge of German is desired and often required for graduate level study in many fields, such as history, political science music or philosophy. Many of our students find that double-majoring in German opens doors for further education and employment.
The northern New Jersey region is the U.S. home to many German companies and even more U.S. companies who sell to the important German market. Knowledge of German is a huge plus in these firms.
Germany has emerged as the key player in the European economy, and therefore, the world economy. It is one of the world’s important business languages.
My German major led me to study abroad in Berlin, Freiburg and Düsseldorf on scholarships I received through the department. These experiences have changed me. They’ve brought me into the real world.
With my new project, I’m working on a scholarly book that examines the graphic novel, in particular those that have historical settings. They don’t just represent history, they also construct a new understanding of history. I’d call myself a Nihilistic humanist, which is a contradiction in terms, I suppose.
Ph.D., University of Virginia
- Assistant professor of German
- Corps Member
Teach for America
- Electronic Warfare Specialist
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My Favorite Course
“I enjoyed memorizing the classic Heinrich Heine poem entitled ‘Lamentationen.’ It juxtaposes happiness and unhappiness, noting that happiness is but a fleeting emotion, while unhappiness seems to linger longer.”
Nicole Kuruszko on German Literature and Culture