Academic Affairs

German Program

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The German program at Hendrix offers a major and a minor to students interested in gaining a balanced, in-depth exposure to and understanding of the language, the literature and the culture of German-speaking Europe. First-year courses provide students with a solid foundation in basic language skills — speaking, listening, reading and writing — as well as offering a first look at select aspects of contemporary life in Germany. The second year focuses on exposing students to important elements of contemporary German life and to the amazing richness of German culture down through the centuries, while at the same time continuing to work on key aspects of the language, including systematic grammar review and vocabulary building. A sequence of survey courses in the third and fourth year offers a structured exposure to German literary movements in their historical context, while additional upper-level courses such as German Culture through Film and Contemporary German Civilization provide a systematic overview of social, economic and political forces shaping life in Germany today. Our goal is thus to assure that our majors and minors possess both the linguistic skills and the literary and cultural awareness to be active, informed and critical participants in a dialogue with the cultures of German-speaking Europe.

If you would like to find out more about the exciting learning opportunities offered in and outside of the German classroom at Hendrix, please don't hesitate to contact Dr. Wayne Oudekerk in the German program ( or (501) 450-1210).