The Department of German fully endorses and strongly contributes to the internationalization of the educational experience offered to undergraduate students at Barnard College.

German has always been one of the main European Languages taught at Barnard College, and the Department of German offers a variety of courses, from the elementary to the advanced level, to guide students in becoming versatile writers, competent interpreters, and confident speakers of the language. Through its course offerings, the Department of German provides students with a solid grounding, appropriate to their particular needs, in the various skills necessary to speak, read, write and understand the German language; it introduces students to the literatures, histories, and cultures of Germanophone countries or communities in a European and global context.


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Department of German
320 Milbank Hall
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
(P) 212-854-8312
Department Assistant: Sondra Phifer
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New SP18 Course!
Vienna Stories: Filming Identities and Voices
GERM BC 3022
Wednesdays, 4:10-6:00pm
With an integrated study-abroad week in Vienna during the 2018 spring break!
In this advanced German-language course you will explore film, podcasts and digital technology as tools for analyzing culture, language and identity. A key part of this course is an in-person, on-site study abroad week in Vienna, one of the most diverse cities in Europe. You will expand your digital technology skills to gather ethnographic material and produce a short German-language documentary film on identity, the notion of homeland, and stereotypes. Live encounters with native Viennese as well as recent migrants in formal and informal settings and a field-study project will serve as the main sources for the video. Students will edit their film material after the study abroad experience and present the final video in class.
Prerequisites: Completion of Intermediate German II (UN 2102) and EITHER successful completion of Advanced German II (UN3002): Vienna now and then OR simultaneous enrollment in UN3002 during the spring 2018 semester.
Applications: To be accepted into this course, students must be interviewed by Prof. Motyl-Mudretzkyj between December 4-8, 2017. Please enroll in the course asap and you will be contacted about a time for the interview.
Scholarships for study abroad: Students may apply for a limited number of stipends. Application forms will be available by December 4, 2017.
For more information, please contact: Prof. Irene Motyl-Mudretzkyj, imotyl@barnard.edu.