Why Study German?

Germany is the dominant economic and political power in contemporary Europe.

German has the largest number of native speakers in the European Union and is one of the ten most commonly spoken languages in the world.

The German-speaking countries of central Europe, including Austria and Switzerland as well as Germany, are home to a vibrant cultural scene, with an enviable array of world-class performances in theater, dance, music, and opera in almost every major city.

German writers and film-makers have enjoyed a renaissance in the decades since Reunification, as evidenced by the disproportionately large number of Nobel Prizes for Literature and Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film garnered in recent years.

Looking to the past, we find artists and thinkers of fundamental importance for nearly all disciplines in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences: from Hegel to Heidegger, Goethe to Kafka, Bach to Beethoven, Luther to Marx, and Nietzsche to Freud.

Germany has taken the lead in the effort to develop sustainable sources of energy at a time of potentially catastrophic climate change.

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