The goal of Hamilton's German Studies Department is to examine from an interdisciplinary perspective the language, literature, culture, historical development and politics of German-speaking countries.
About the Major
Germany’s important contemporary position, cultural legacy, and turbulent history at the center of European affairs make it an important topic of study for a wide range of interests: language and literature, government and diplomacy, international trade, science and technology. German is one of the major official languages of the European Union and is recognized as an important language of business, particularly in Eastern Europe. At Hamilton, German studies majors work closely with professors in small classes and spend at least one semester studying in Germany.
A Sampling of Courses
Introduction to the German language. Exercises in aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing reinforced by short cultural and literary texts. No previous knowledge of German required.
Explore these select courses:
Meet Our Faculty
Professor of History, Chair of the Department of German, Russian, Italian, and Arabic
social and economic history of the early Middle Ages; history of law and mechanisms of conflict resolution; the perceptions of non-Christian peoples and lands in medieval manuscript culture
Henry Platt Bristol Professor of International Relations
international political economy, European politics, U.S. foreign policy
Visiting Assistant Professor of German Studies
literary realism; ethics, political, and social history of Germany; documentary literature
Explore Hamilton Stories
Amidst the bustling crowds at Commons and McEwen dining halls, language faculty and students sit around a table to enjoy a meal while conversing in their chosen studied language. Hamilton’s “language tables,” as they are known, provide both valuable speaking experience and community building opportunities.
Spreading the Word about Germany as a DAAD Ambassador
Given the chance to serve as a Young Ambassador for The German Academic Exchange Service, Eamon Gibbons ’21, a biology major and German minor, eagerly said yes.
Follow The Passion (German), Find the Career (Foreign Service)
The sequence of events lined up perfectly. In July, Charlotte Carstens ’16 finished up a five-month fellowship at the German Bundestag in Berlin just in time to begin a two-year master’s program in German and European studies at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Careers After Hamilton
Hamilton graduates who concentrated in German studies are pursuing careers in a variety of fields, including:
- William H. Laird Professor of German, Carleton College
- Webmaster, IBM Corp.
- Vice President, Deutsche Bank Americas
- Senior Vice President, Coca-Cola Company
- President, World Emergency Relief
- Head of Languages, St. Paul's School
- General Counsel, Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale
- Director, International Technology Office, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Director, Copyright, Public Broadcasting Service
- Designer, EuroEast Tours
- Bureau Chief, Financial Times
German Studies Program
John Eldevik, Chair
Clinton, NY 13323