German

Opportunity

The department houses an extensive and growing video and DVD collection of over 300 titles ranging from early cinema classics to contemporary blockbusters. Grinnell has several multimedia consultants on its staff who specifically aid foreign language faculty in integrating the...
German House is a residential arrangement where up to 7 students live together with the German Language Assistant in a German-speaking setting. Residents often plan special activities for all students in Grinnell, including Oktoberfest celebrations, a regular Kaffeestunde, and...
Students and faculty meet every Monday at noon in JRC 224A for informal German conversation. Intermediate to the advanced level students are encouraged to participate, but all students, regardless of their major or formal instruction in German, are invited to practice their...
Each year the department sponsors a different language assistant from Germany, usually from Freiburg or Berlin. The assistant is an older student who serves as an additional resource for students of German and organizes extracurricular activities that foster students' interest...
Typically, students study abroad through IES (Institute for the International Education of Students). Most Grinnell German majors and many nonmajors select from off-campus study programs at one of the following locations: BerlinFreiburgVienna
The Student Educational Policy Committee, or SEPC, is a student-faculty liaison group which provides faculty with student input on professors, candidates, curriculum, and other departmental issues. It also organizes social events within the department.
Students and faculty are invited to meet for lunch and informal conversation Thursdays at noon in JRC 224B. Students who are not on the meal plan are guests of the department.
The department is pleased to sponsor or co-sponsor a wide variety of special events, including guest speakers, performances, and other activities related to German-speaking cultures. Previous speakers have included poets Christoph Meckel, Arno Reinfrank; novelist Barbara...
Teaching Assistants The department hires one or two students each spring semester to help teach German 102 lab sections.  For more information, please contact the German Department Chair, Daniel Reynolds. Student Assistants The department hires one student each semester or year...
Each spring semester the department hosts a writer-in-residence from Germany, Austria, or Switzerland, who teaches a seven-week mini-course during the spring semester. Established in 1988, this course focuses on the current literary scene in Germany, and includes novelists,...

Building

The Alumni Recitation Hall contains classrooms for classes in the Social Studies and Humanities, as well as faculty offices for departments of foreign languages and Classics. The facilities also include a 158-seat screening auditorium, the multipurpose Meredith AudioVisual...
The Alumni Recitation Hall contains classrooms for classes in the Social Studies and Humanities, as well as faculty offices for departments of foreign languages and Classics. The facilities also include a 158-seat screening auditorium, the multipurpose Meredith AudioVisual...
More commonly known as German House, this college owned house is one of Grinnell’s five language houses. These houses are associated with their corresponding academic department. The purpose of the language house program is to provide students who speak, or are learning to speak...
More commonly known as German House, this college owned house is one of Grinnell’s five language houses. These houses are associated with their corresponding academic department. The purpose of the language house program is to provide students who speak, or are learning to speak...

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At Grinnell, all studies take place within a liberal arts framework, focusing on the study of German literature and culture through the contexts of the arts, history, social history, philosophy, and politics. While the German language provides the foundation of our department,...
At Grinnell, all studies take place within a liberal arts framework, focusing on the study of German literature and culture through the contexts of the arts, history, social history, philosophy, and politics. While the German language provides the foundation of our department,...
Resources For Students Research Resources Burling's Subject Guide for Research in German: This is a great place to start for research. Through the Grinnell libraries, students can access a variety of databases with secondary literature appropriate for German students. However,...
Student Educational Policy Committee Each department at Grinnell has a Student Educational Policy Committee.  An SEPC is a group of students who work with the department to coordinate activities for students and faculty.  Other responsibilities include sending a representative...
Typically, students study abroad through IES (Institute for the International Education of Students). Most Grinnell German majors and many nonmajors select from off-campus study programs at one of the following locations: Berlin Freiburg Vienna    For more information... Visit...

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Samanea Karrfalt '14 is a German and anthropology double major who is the recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year...
Kyle Walters is a senior German and Political Science major who works with the Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (SEG), a national award-winning microfinance nonprofit directed by Grinnell students and community members. He co-manages the Emergency Loan Project, which makes zero-...
Hannah Taylor is a senior German and English double major who is the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Teaching Assistantship. She will be living in Germany from September '12 to June '13 and will work as an English teaching assistant in a German high school. She will teach...
Reading: 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 Burling Library Lounge   Thomas Pletzinger and Simon Urban will read from their works in English and German. This public is invited to this free event. Refreshments will be served. In addition to the public reading, both writers will share...
Reading: 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 Burling Library Lounge   Thomas Pletzinger and Simon Urban will read from their works in English and German. This public is invited to this free event. Refreshments will be served. In addition to the public reading, both writers will share...
“Germany in the 21st century is decidedly multiethnic and multilingual, reflected particularly in its cinema,” says Berna Gueneli. First-year students in Gueneli’s Turkish, German, European: Fatih Akin’s Cinema and Multiethnic Germany explore this fact in light of the work of...
“Germany in the 21st century is decidedly multiethnic and multilingual, reflected particularly in its cinema,” says Berna Gueneli. First-year students in Gueneli’s Turkish, German, European: Fatih Akin’s Cinema and Multiethnic Germany explore this fact in light of the work of...
  Panel: 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, Bucksbaum Center Faulconer GalleryPanel: 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, Bucksbaum Center Faulconer Gallery A “Wunderkammer,” or room of wonders, was at once a study, a laboratory, and a social space wherein people collected oddities and were...

Group Info

German is more than a language — the curriculum studies German culture, history, philosophy, literature, arts, and film; German House and a weekly German Table allow you to live the language with fellow students, native speakers, and visiting guests. You can cap off your...