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Student Experiences in German Studies

The study of German is a key manifestation of the liberal arts mission.
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The Value of German Studies

The system of higher education as it currently exists in the United States is unthinkable without the foregoing propagation of Bildung in the German tradition.

Bildung, associated with the freedom of teaching and research, was conceived as the development of the whole human being in contradistinction to specific avenues of professionalization. The term bespeaks the empowering education Colgate can offer and out of which students can also craft their own learning experiences.

Here, we highlight some of the advanced work students have conducted in German as well as synergies generated between German Studies and other concentrations.

German Study Grants

The department will award several grants of $750 each to support our students’ study of German either in the summer or, in some cases, in the winter break.

Grants are awarded on the basis of academic merit and the importance of the study or research program for the student’s further work in German Studies at Colgate. Priority is given to students who will be members of the Freiburg Study Group.

These grants can support both independent projects or established programs. German Study Grants are made possible by the generous donations made to the Department by our alumni.

Apply

To apply for a German Study Grant for 2018, students should email a document with the following information to Nicole Catgenova at ncatgenova@colgate.edu by December 4, 2017.
  1. Name
  2. Class year
  3. Current German courses
  4. Are you a member of the upcoming Freiburg Study Group, or will you be applying to the next available Freiburg Study Group?
  5. Include a copy of your transcript (unofficial or official)
  6. Name of a professor who knows you well and whom we may contact for a recommendation. You may give the name of a professor in the German department.
  7. Describe how you plan to use the grant for your summer or winter break study of German and how it relates to and furthers your German studies at Colgate.

Fellowship Opportunities

Colgate’s German students have received international recognition for their work in the form of Fulbright Teaching Assistantships to Germany, DAAD fellowships and teaching grants, and other research grants. Meet with faculty to discuss such opportunities.

Internships in the Sciences

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) facilities summer research internships for students in the sciences and engineering. Click here for more on RISE opportunities! 

Students Volunteer at HCS

Each year, Foreign Language Students from Colgate volunteer to go to Hamilton Central School to introduce Pupils at a young age to various foreign Languages, like German, French, Chinese or Spanish.
Read more about this great project!

Alumni Trajectories

Colgate alumni who majored in the German department are finding success after Colgate in a variety of fields. Check out just a few of the possibilities out there for our majors. READ MORE

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Study Grants

The DAAD University Summer Course Grant provides funding to attend a broad range of 3- to 4-week summer language courses at German universities which focus mainly on German language and literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany.

And German never means only Germany! Check out the Study in Austria website for an array of grant opportunities. 

Honors in German

An honors project allows students to build on their knowledge to pursue independent research on a topic of their interest in close consultation with one or several faculty members.
Recent thesis topics: 
- Reading Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks with Max Weber: Family Ties and Artistic Autonomy in North European Capitalism
- Lyric in the GDR: The Role of Ambiguity in Multimedial Poetic Communication
- The Influence of Maxim Biller and Ruth Klüger on Contemporary German-Jewish Discourse
- Wittgenstein and Hofmannsthal: An Investigation into the Limits of Language
More details on honors in German