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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.

  • Wahnsinn bei Individuen ist selten, aber in Gruppen, Nationen und Epochen die Regel. —Friedrich Nietzsche, deutscher Philosoph (1844-1900)