World Languages and Literatures
The study of languages has become essential to any global citizen’s education as the world and its nations become increasingly connected and diverse. To effectively communicate with people from different parts of the world not only enhances one's ability to think outside the boundaries of his or her native culture, but it is also a practical skill that can be applied to any line of work. However, global citizenship does not end at language proficiency—our higher-level classes are designed to deepen students' familiarity with the culture in which the target language is embedded. By discussing different texts in the chosen language, students will enhance their linguistic skills and develop a more refined consciousness of the culture’s traditions and idiosyncrasies. Our goal is to develop in our students a cultural competency that will allow them to enter the world aware of how they relate to and approach other cultures, so that they are prepared to successfully use and apply their knowledge and abilities in whatever field interests them.
The German Program
Skidmore offers students a variety of options to explore German studies. Courses in beginning, intermediate, and advanced German are complemented by courses on German film, literature, and culture. A business German class will prepare you to take the ZDfB exam, an international exam administered every spring on our campus, which leads to a certificate testifying that your knowledge of German can be used in a professional setting.
Fluency in German can enhance your study of international affairs, management and business, philosophy, history, music, or the natural sciences. Solid language and cross-cultural skills provide an important edge in today’s global market. If you want to be competitive, consider the benefit of choosing German as a foreign language, minor, major, or as part of an interdepartmental major connecting German with business, English, or government.
The German Major
Students majoring in German must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours above Intermediate German course, including German Conversation and Composition, Introduction to German Literature, and the Senior Seminar. One course on a topic related to German culture may be taken in English.
The German Minor
The minor consists of a minimum of five courses totaling not less than 18 credit hours, including German Conversation and Composition and Introduction to German Literature, plus three other courses beyond our Intermediate German course. Those courses can be in German language, literature, or civilization (one course may be designated FL, taught in English with a focus on a German topic). At least three of the courses must be taken at Skidmore.
- Intensive Elementary German
- Creative Writing in German
- German Language and Literature Discussion
- Business German
- Theater In the German Speaking World
- German Literature of the Twentieth Century
Popular study abroad programs: Skidmore offers exciting and affordable study abroad programs in Berlin, Vienna, and Freiburg, which allow you to transfer credit easily and enjoy first-hand the history and culture of these great European cities.
• Megan Pini '14 (German minor) won a Fulbright grant to teach English in Hettstedt, Saxon-Anhalt, Germany.
• Julia Mazzarella '13 (German minor) received a Fulbright grant to conduct research on visual perception of three-dimensional objects with renowned neuroscientist Dr. Roland Fleming at the Justus-Liebig-Universität in Gießen, Germany. She published a blog on her experience.
• Michelle Bourassa '11 (German major) received a Fulbright grant to teach English at a Gymnasium (high school) in Hoyerswerda, Saxony, Germany.
• Catherine King '13 (German major) won a Skidmore SEE-Beyond Award to do a summer internship as an international relations and development analyst for the German political party Die Linke in Berlin.
• Dylan Lustrin '13 (German minor) won a Skidmore See-Beyond Award to undertake a one-year internship at Galerie neugerriemschneider, a driving force of the Berlin gallery scene. Subsequently, he was offered a full-time position as artist liaison assistant at neugerriemschneider, where he currently works.
Skidmore students who graduate with a major or a minor in foreign languages and literatures are equipped to pursue a wide variety of careers including education, business, government, law, and media-related professions. For more, see the following webpage.