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.
German Language Placement Exams - Fall 2018
Friday, August 31st
Barnard College - 328 Milbank Hall
Students do not need to register. The test starts 10:00am sharp. Test results will be ready that same afternoon and distributed individually via email. If a student would like to discuss test results in person and/or get personal advice about the course of their specific language study and program offerings, Professor Motyl will be available from 1:00-2:00pm in 320 Milbank that afternoon.
Save the date! German Department Open House
Friday, September 7th
320 Milbank Hall
Stop by, meet the faculty, get information and personal advice on your specific German language needs. Be sure to bring an interested friend. German related goodies will be distributed!
CU German Language Placement Exams
Wednesday, August 29th
401 Hamilton Hall (CU)
Friday, September 7th
Hamilton Hall - TBA* (CU)
*Please contact the CU Germanic department 212-854-3203 for this room assignment.
This course—taught in English—explores two hotbeds of modernism: Viennese Modernism and Berlin Expressionism and Dada. We will discuss the literary works of writers such as Freud, Kafka, Hofmannsthal, Doeblin, Lou Salomé and film and montage of artists such as Hannah Hoch. The emphasis is on innovative representations of the modern psyche, the role of word and image, and the relationship between ecstatic experience and social unrest in the early 20th century.