German Studies is more than vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation, although modern High German is central to the mission of the UK Department. The history and culture of the people of central Europe in all its aspects, highlighted through literary studies and film, is within the purview of the faculty and students of German. The German language is how the people of Germany, Austria, parts of Switzerland, and many non-native speakers in adjoining lands communicate, but what they communicate about--ecology, sports, cuisine, music, cinema, art, religion, and so on--is what fully informs German Studies. And the "Heimat" or homeland is much more than just a place, it is a setting in which people share the infinite number of common denominators--political, social, and cultural--that make for a people or folk.
The German Division offers an undergraduate major and minor and also a program of study leading to the degree of Masters of Arts in German. The department has particular strength in the Age of Goethe, the Wilhelmine, Jahrhundertwende, and Weimar eras, contemporary literature and film, literary theory, intellectual history, gender studies, and foreign language pedagogy.