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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.
Duckett House Dining Room

Please note: There are no language tables held during October break, reading and final periods, and spring break.

Upcoming Events


Thursday, December 4, 2014


Seelye Hall 207 - 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Join students and faculty and friends of the German Studies Department at the annual Nikolausfeier celebration. Stollen and singing and conviviality.

Student Symposium on German Studies

Date, time and location TBA


March 2 - May 20, 2015

Student-curated Exhibition

Neilson Library, 3rd floor exhibition area

Title:  "Visual Arts in Germany Between the Wars 1925-1940"


Thursday, April 30, 2015


Seelye Hall 207 - 5:00 to 6:00 pm

Join students, faculty, and friends of the German Studies department for the seasonal end-of-year festivities, including the presentation of book awards.


Five College German Events

Visit the Five College German Studies website for upcoming events.