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Wer fremde Sprachen nicht kennt, weiss nichts von seiner eigenen.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



Our aim is broadly humanistic and cross-cultural. With courses ranging from Goethe to contemporary German bestsellers, from the urban modernity of Munich and Berlin to representations of the Holocaust, our advanced curriculum offers a multi-faceted exposure to German culture and its national and international context.

All courses are taught in German. The first year focuses on all four language skills. In the second year, we pursue a comprehensive approach to reading, writing, and speaking through the study of selected literary and sociopolitical themes. The advanced curriculum consists of the lower (third-year) and the upper (fourth-year) levels.

We support a variety of activities that help to increase familiarity with German culture, such as film series, guest speakers, and a four-week summer program.



Queenfight: Confession, Confrontation, and Coercion in Schiller's Maria Stuart

Professor Gail Hart
Professor of German
 University of California, Irvine

April 28, 2008
Clark Hall 206
Reception at 4 p.m.
Public Talk at 4:30. p.m.