Welcome to German Studies at Trinity College! We are a small team of dedicated teachers and scholars ready to help you develop your German language skills. Together we explore German literature — in original German and in translation — and study a broad array of subjects in which the influences and contributions of German-speaking peoples are evident: history, philosophy, religion, art history, performing arts, music, politics, and economics. German Studies at Trinity is truly interdisciplinary.
But you may ask: why learn German? Of course, learning a language opens the mind, but German will also help you in your future career: teaching, translation, publication, business, international law, diplomacy, foreign service, and tourism. Also, knowledge of German will be helpful for graduate study in a number of disciplines in the humanities, the sciences, music, and art history.
At Trinity, you have several options to study German: you may take just a few courses, do a German language minor, sign up for the interdisciplinary minor in German studies, or declare a German Studies major. There are great study away options in German and Austria, for students who are already taking German but also for novices.
More than 60% of students at Trinity study abroad for at least one semester. German Studies offers two excellent programs to choose from: each year, students take part in the Baden-Württemberg Exchange to study at universities such as Heidelberg, Freiburg, Tübingen or Stuttgart. The Trinity-in-Vienna Program attracts a number of students each year to study a semester in Austria’s capital and to take advantage of its many offerings in music, philosophy, psychology, and language. And soon, our Trinity-in-Berlin Summer Program will once again be recruiting students to explore Germany’s capital, one of Europe’s most exciting cities.
Questions? Contact Professor Johannes Evelein, Head of the German Studies Section.
As the German saying goes: "Übung macht den Meister" (Practice makes perfect)!