German & French Open House!

Want to know what courses you can take next semester? Interested in studying abroad in a French or German-speaking country? Or simply want to chat with the professors and fellow students while also sampling some German and French treats? Come and join @agnesscott ‘s French & German Department for an open house in Buttrick Hall 221 on Thursday, October 25, 1pm! Bring your questions, and your friends!

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Willkommen/Welcome Class of 2022!

The start of the semester is still a few weeks out, but we are excited about a wonderful group of new students–the largest class ever!!–to join us. Many of you have indicated some interest in German Studies and we hope to see you at the academic fair and, maybe, in one of our courses. Below you will find more information about this fall’s course offerings, about the German Studies major/minor, and about interdisciplinary courses that will connect with many areas of interest and the colleges’ Summit specializations on global learning and leadership. Your contact person in the German Studies program is Dr. Barbara Drescher, feel free to reach out to her with any German-related questions via e-mail: bdrescher[at]agnesscott.edu.

[For a pdf version of the brochure click here.]

Impressions from Global Study Tour

As we go through the summer, here a first batch of impressions from a fabulous Global Study tour with an amazing group of Scotties!

German Studies & Global Learning

Advising and enrollment weeks are coming up and the ASC German Studies program has several new courses in its offerings. Keep in mind that all of our upper-level courses count for a SUMMIT category in the Global or the Leadership track.

While we recommend to all of you to pursue language-learning beyond the  the ASC language requirement, several of our courses are taught in English and will enable you to acquire the cross-cultural knowledge important for your future learning even if you haven’t yet taken intermediate language courses.

Please take a look at the course descriptions and do not hesitate to contact German Studies program director Gundolf Graml (ggraml@) with any questions. Continue reading German Studies & Global Learning

SUMMIT, the Liberal Arts, and the German Prison System

“What can I do with a German Studies Major?” — It’s not atypical at this time of the year to receive  e-mails that either implicitly or directly ask this question. And to those of you who are asking, thank you! You initiate an important dialogue about the benefits of liberal-arts learning and the role of foreign language and culture in the liberal arts curriculum. Of course, there is always a particularly spectacular career path that I could tell you about, or that job which involves jetting back and forth between Washington and Berlin. Yet, what’s really important is to consider learning foreign languages and cultures not as an added skill that looks good on your resumé (although it does!) but as core element of your education that shapes the way you think and solve problems. Over the next couple of weeks, I will use this blog to highlight examples where this convergence of knowing a foreign language and culture as well as having both breadth and depth in other disciplines matters.

While reading today’s NYT I stumbled across the first example, an op-ed piece titled “What We Learned from German Prisons.” Nicholas Turner, president of the Vera Institute of Justice, and Jeremy Travis, president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, write about their experience as co-leaders of a bipartisan US-delegation that visited German prisons in order to learn about the German prison system. Their conclusion is simple: Germany is doing a much better job of returning offenders to society, thereby keeping prison populations and costs low. Why is that, the authors wonder?

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Focus on Austria: German 200

2015 is a big year for Austria: 70th anniversary of liberation from National Socialism; 60th anniversary of the State Treaty, and 20th anniversary of Austrian membership in the EU. The meaning of these events has, over the years, changed quite a bit and in German 200 we will take the opportunity to look back not only at these events but at 100 years of Austrian history (1915-2015). The following questions will guide us:

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New German Studies Courses 2015-16

We hope everyone had a great Spring Break. Since advising will start soon, here is an overview of the various courses for 2015-16. Please do not hesitate to e-mail Prof. Gundolf Graml with any questions about course selections (ggraml[AT]agnesscott.edu). Click on the pics to read the various course descriptions, or download the information as pdf here.