Department of German

Professor: Hansen, Kruse, Nolden (Chair)
Assistant Professor: Hans
Faculty Director of Study Abroad: Nolden

The Department of German offers a varied curriculum that introduces students to a wide range of texts and contexts in order to introduce the cultural heritage and contemporary life of Germany, Austria, and German-speaking Switzerland. Language courses emphasize rapid acquisition of communication skills. Because almost all upper-level courses are conducted in German, the advanced student can achieve a high level of fluency.

German Department Information

The language of instruction above the 100 level is almost exclusively German unless otherwise noted. Students thus have constant practice in hearing, reading, speaking, and writing the language.

The department reserves the right to place a new student in the course for which she seems best prepared, regardless of background and number of units she offers for admission.

The department offers a unified major called German Studies as well as a minor in German Studies. GER 101-GER 102 is count­ed toward the degree but not toward the major or minor. Students who begin German at Wellesley and wish to major will be encouraged to advance as quickly as possible to upper-level work by doing intermediate language training during the summer or accelerating in our January-in-Berlin program during Wintersession.


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