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How is it that the culture of German-speaking Europe has so profoundly influenced and shaped Western civilization—and especially the culture of the United States—through the centuries and into today? Can a liberal arts education be considered complete without an understanding of these influences?

The Department of German Studies provides the opportunity for students to explore such questions and others in its language, literature, and culture courses. Here, students will encounter a culture of "poets and thinkers" (as well as scientists, engineers, artists, and some admittedly unsavory characters), and have the opportunity to experience German language and culture firsthand through Smith's own study abroad program in Hamburg, Germany.

The German Studies Department has an unparalleled record in mentoring students for both undergraduate and graduate fellowships and offers opportunities for guided research with faculty members. So whether you are looking for intellectual stimulation, advanced German-language skills, or simply the cachet of possessing a great mind, the German Studies Department has something for you.

News & Events

Deutscher Tisch (German Language Lunch Table)

Every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. beginning September 17
Duckett House Dining Room C

Please note: There is no language table during Spring Recess.  Also, no language tables are held during reading period and final exams.

Upcoming Events


"Franz Katka, China and Jews"

Lecture by Mark H. Gelber (Ben-Gurion University (Beer Sheva)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016; 4:30 pm

Lewis Global Studies Center


Hamburg Pre-Departure Breakfast Meeting

(For those students registered to study in Hamburg in the Fall)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016; 7:30 am

Campus Center 204



Thursday, April 28, 2016; 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Seelye Hall 207


Delta Phi Alpha German Honor Society Initiation Ceremony

Saturday, May 14, 2016; 3:00 - 3:30 pm

Hatfield Hall 204


Commencement Reception

Saturday, May 14, 2016; 3:30 - 4:00 pm

Hatfield Hall 203



Five College German Events

Visit the Five College German Studies website for upcoming events.