Take your classroom experiences into the multilingual world.

Students of German at Colgate engage with European culture and explore a range of fields — in the sciences and the humanities — adding international dimensions to their education and experiences. Along the way, they are aided by grants, fellowships, and internships funded through the University and organizations beyond campus.

Over the summer, I explored the history and personalities of the generation that produced the zenith of German film.

Steven Nave Class of 2017

The department will award several grants of $750 each to support the study of German during summer (and, in some cases, winter) break. These grants, supported in part through the generosity of alumni, fund work on independent projects or through established programs.

Grants are awarded on academic merit and the project’s future impact on an applicant’s work in German Studies. Priority is given to students who will be members of the Freiburg Study Group.

To apply, e-mail a copy of your transcript (official or unofficial), a faculty reference, and the following information to Nicole Catgenova starting Nov. 27, 2019 and continuing on a rolling basis:

  • Name
  • Class year
  • Current German courses
  • Are you a member of the upcoming Freiburg Study Group, or will you be applying to the next available Freiburg Study Group?
  • 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.

There are many ways to advance your study of German and acquire educational and international experience beyond the Colgate campus — and resources available to help you do so. These include grants for supplemental summer and winter course study, scholarships for undertaking different courses of study in Europe, and more. Please consult with faculty to discuss such opportunities.

For their academically rigorous work, Colgate’s German department students have received international recognition 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.

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 more faculty members.

Recent thesis topics include:

  • “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

My work as a research assistant in Freiburg involved researching the loss of information in photons. Theoretically, we stored information in photons and then shot them from one point in the ‘atmosphere’ to another.

Jackson Ang’ong’a Class of 2015

Alumni Trajectories

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