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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or (501) 450-1210).