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The Department of German Studies offers an integrated and holistic approach to the study of language, literature, and culture. This approach embodies Vassar’s liberal arts principle of “going to the source” by engaging with primary documents and by exploring the fundamental debates and processes that have shaped German culture and its relationship to the contemporary world. Read more.

  • Meinungen sind wie Grundstücke: Erstens sind sie zu teuer, und zweitens kann man nicht immer darauf bauen. —Dieter Hildebrandt, deutscher Kabarettist und Schauspieler (geb. 1927)