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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.

  • Politik ist der stets neu zu schaffende Kompromiß von Macht und Vernunft. —Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, deutscher Physiker und Philosoph (geb. 1912)