German and German Studies

Students gain fluency and advanced reading comprehension; study prominent works of German literature in their original language; and examine Germany’s history, culture, politics, and contemporary society. Majors complete nine upper-level courses and study abroad in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland. Course offerings include Advanced Conversation and Problem Solving, Kafka and His Times, The Nazi Period, and Literature and Culture of Fairy Tales.

Students in the department have access to the German House—which offers housing and cultural events—exchange programs, scholarships through the Federation of German-American clubs, and internships in Germany.

News

Wiggies Descend on Sewanee
November 16, 2018
The Consortium of Women in German held its annual conference in Sewanee the weekend of October 18. Professors and scholars of German language, literature, and culture presented their research, but still managed to have fun: hiking the Perimeter Trail, visiting the Jack Daniels distillery, going on guided tours, and holding a Cabaret. Dr. Liesl Allingham will be hosting the annual WiG Conference in Sewanee for the next two years as well. Dr. Allingham is pictured with special guests, Reyhan Sahin and Faye Stewart.
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Fourth annual International Karaoke Night!
November 9, 2018
The fourth annual International Karaoke Night on Nov. 8 was a raucous event with international food, great music, and prizes! Students sang in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. The three judges - Hiydees Feliciano-Torres, C'20, community member Linda Heck, and Jenna Whitehead, C'20 - chose the winners based on such factors as voice quality, audience response, and complexity of the song.
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Dr. Apgar at TFLTA Conference
November 9, 2018
At the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association meeting in Franklin, Professor Richard Apgar participated in a panel with colleagues from the University of Memphis, Belmont University, Austin Peay State University, and the University of Tennessee about articulation between language study at high school and college. He addressed the ways language courses differ at the college level and how teachers can help students successfully build on their successes in high school. Other panelists spoke about placement, proficiency-oriented instruction, and training the next generation of language teachers. Later that weekend, Dr. Apgar was elected president of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German, a role he will fill for a two-year term.
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