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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.

  • Hätten wir das Wort, hätten wir die Sprache, wir bräuchten die Waffen nicht. —Ingeborg Bachmann (1926-73), östr. Lyrikerin, 1964 Georg-Büchner-Preis