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Bard College Catalogue 2013-14

Bard College Catalogue 2013-14

German Studies


Franz R. Kempf (director), Daniel Berthold, Leon Botstein, Garry L. Hagberg, David Kettler, Stephanie Kufner, Gregory B. Moynahan, Justus Rosenberg, Peter D. Skiff, Thomas Wild, Tom Wolf


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 his­tory, 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 of the junior year. Bard offers an exchange program with Humboldt University in Berlin; Bard College Berlin: A Liberal Arts University; and the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe (see “International Programs and Study Abroad” in this catalogue).

Recent Senior Projects in German Studies

  • “Art and Salvation: The Role of Ivan in Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita
  • “Nura: A Lebanese Woman in Germany,” a translation with a critical introduction of Jusuf Naoum’s novel, Nura: Eine Libanesin in Deutschland
  • “Plattenbau: Between Condemnation and Fascination; Understanding the Turbulent Reception of Industrial Domestic Architecture in Germany since 1900”