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German Studies Programs

German is more than the language of Europe's largest economy. It's the gateway to a brilliant culture and rich history. We open that gateway by working closely with students in all courses and providing study-abroad programs, technological resources, and co-curricular activities.

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We often think of fairy tales as only childhood stories, yet remnants of fairy tales permeate our every day culture.

“We talk about how magical they are,” said German Studies Prof. Laurel Cohen. “That also means that they may contain social paradigms that we try to get away from, but they are so ingrained. They have a hold on us – why do we keep coming back to them?”

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History and autobiography
Prof. Laurel Cohen

Prof. Laurel CohenJust how well can a non-native learn to speak German? Ask Prof. Laurel Cohen: she was the first non-native speaker permitted to teach German at an international summer language program at Johann-Wolfgang Goethe Universitaet in Frankfurt.

In addition to her language prowess, Cohen is embedded in German culture and history. Her courses have run the historical gamut...

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