German Studies.


German Studies

GERMAN STUDIES majors master a language known for its intellectual and creative culture. The language itself is desired and often required for graduate level study in many fields, such as history, political science music or philosophy. Many of our students find that double-majoring in German opens doors for further education and employment. Available as a major or minor program of study.

Benefits of Studying German at Drew

Drew’s German Studies program offers instruction of the highest quality, emphasizes innovative learning and integrates language, literature and culture. Drew’s proximity to New York City is important because it represents one of the largest concentrations of German culture outside of Europe, and there are regular excursions to Manhattan to experience opera, classical music, art exhibitions and restaurants. On campus, the German Studies program organizes and sponsors speakers, films and concerts. Drew has a chapter of the national German honor society, Delta Phi Alpha. We strongly encourage study abroad and offer opportunities in German-speaking countries.

Where You Can Go From Here

Competency in foreign languages and cultures is increasingly important for numerous professions and for graduate study. Not only is German a key language for science, culture, and art, but Germany also has one of the three largest economies in the world.


Teutonic Power

The northern New Jersey region is the U.S. home to many German companies and even more U.S. companies who sell to the important German market. Knowledge of German is a huge plus in these firms.

Germany has emerged as the key player in the European economy and, therefore, the world economy. It is one of the world’s important business languages.

I enjoyed memorizing the classic Heinrich Heine poem entitled ‘Lamentationen.’ It juxtaposes happiness and unhappiness, noting that happiness is but a fleeting emotion, while unhappiness seems to linger longer. ”
Nicole Kuruszko C’13
on German Literature and Culture

Studying Abroad

For study abroad during the summer, there are programs in cities throughout Germany at the various branches of the Goethe Institute. The length of the programs ranges from 2 weeks to 8 weeks, and there are courses for students of all levels of German.

For study abroad during the academic calendar, Drew students have the following opportunities:

Bonn, Germany (administered by Ripon College)
Individual semester or full academic year. Courses are taught in German and English. Four semesters of college German recommended.

Freiburg, Germany (administered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Full academic year only. Courses are taught in German. Four semesters of college German required.

If you have questions about the programs above or about study abroad in German-speaking Europe, please contact Prof. Joshua Kavaloski.