Academic Programs

Interdivisional Programs

German Studies


The German Studies Program encompasses the language, literature, culture, history, philosophy, art, and music of the German-speaking countries. The cultural and historical expressions of German can best be understood by interdisciplinary study and by situating German, Austrian, and Swiss cultures within the larger European context.


A student moderates into German studies with a focus in a main discipline (such as his tory, literature, philosophy, or art history). Majors are required to take at least four semesters, or the equivalent, of German language courses, a survey course in German literature, and at least one semester of German or European history. After Moderation, the student is eligible to study abroad for a semester, ideally in the spring semester of the junior year. Bard offers an exchange program with Humboldt University in Berlin; Bard College Berlin, a Liberal Arts University in Berlin; and the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe (see "International Programs and Study Abroad").