Updated August 23, 2019


Advising Faculty


1.        Thomas Wild German (director)

2.        Franz R. Kempf German

3.        Stephanie Kufner German

4.        Thomas Bartscherer Classics

5.        Daniel Berthold - Philosophy

6.        Leon Botstein - History, Music

7.        Garry L. Hagberg - Philosophy

8.        Peter Laki Music

9.        Gregory B. Moynahan History

10.     Rufus Muller Music

11.     Tatjana Myoko von Prittwitz und Gaffron

12.     Tom Wolf - Art History

13.     Ruth Zisman Philosophy (not teaching)



Program Requirements


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 and global context. In pursuing work in German Studies, students are expected to take a range of courses in the program, focusing on literature, history, philosophy, and politics as well as taking advantage of related courses in art history, music, theater and film. German Studies can be pursued as a stand-alone major; designing a joint major with another discipline is fully supported.


Integrated into the German Studies Program is the initial study of the language. It can be accomplished by enrolling in the Beginning German Intensive course (GER 106) in the fall semester. Beginning German Intensive is designed to enable students with no or little previous experience in German to complete three semesters of college German within five months: fall semester at Bard, plus an intensive course abroad at Bard College Berlin during winter break (upon successful completion carrying four additional credits). See website for details. Need-based financial aid for the Berlin section of the course is available; please discuss further details with instructor.


Moderation Requirements:

1.     GER 106 Beginning German Intensive Course in the fall semester (8 credits)

2.     Study Abroad Intensive in January at Bard College Berlin (4 credits)

3.     Survey course in German literature

4.     One course in a related field (such history, music history, art history, philosophy), preferably though a semester of German or European history.

A student moderates into German Studies with a focus in German literature. Joint majors moderate separately into German Studies and the related discipline (philosophy, music, art history, etc.) or they may integrate German Studies and another field of inquiry into one moderation.


Graduation Requirements:


After Moderation, the student is required to take at least one German literature course in German per semester until graduation and write a senior project in the senior year. The program highly recommends that moderated students study abroad for a semester, ideally in the spring of the junior year. Bard offers exchange programs with Humboldt University in Berlin, the University of Arts and Design in Karlsruhe, and Bard College Berlin.



Sample Program of Study


Students can complete a German Studies major by beginning in their first or second year.


First Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year


GER 106 (8 credits fall semester + 4 abroad credits)

FYSEM I (fall)

GER 202

FYSEM II (spring)


GER 300-level course

LIT 200-level course

HIST 100- or 200-level


Moderation (spring)


GER 300-level course

GER 400-level course

J2: optionally study abroad at Humboldt University in Berlin


Sr. Project I (fall)

GER 400-level course

Sr. Project II (spring)

GER 400-level course