The German program offers a full array of courses in German language, as well as courses on German literature, film, and culture. We offer three different opportunities for declaring German as your major field of study: the German Literature Major, the German Area Studies Major, and the Modern Languages Major with German as your first language.
Minoring in German is possible by declaring it your second language within the Modern Languages Major. German majors at Kenyon have developed compelling projects for their Senior Capstone. Among the topics in recent years were the cinema of Wim Wenders; a comparison between the poets Louise Glück and R. M. Rilke; Jazz as Americanization in the Germany of the 1920s, the history of the Berlin Wall, the life and work of the dancer Mary Wigman.
Not all German courses at Kenyon require knowledge of the German language. The German faculty teach at least one course a year in English. These courses can be taken by students of all levels. Such courses often focus on masterpieces of literature written in German, central notions of German thought, culture, and literature, or German film.