Contact: Willeke Sandler, Associate Professor of History; Jennifer Holt, Lecturer of Modern Languages and Literatures (German)
Office: Humanities Center, Room 303; Maryland Hall, Room 463
Telephone: 410-617‑5479; 410-617-2513
The interdisciplinary study of German history, philosophy, culture, and literature enables students to understand the role of Germany and other German-speaking countries in Europe and the world today, to trace its roots in the past, to comprehend the crosscurrents in its thinking, and to experience the contributions of German poets, novelists, and authors. Similarly, the study of German history and culture provides students with opportunities to examine the complicated history and present situation of issues related to diversity and multiculturalism in Europe. A German Studies Minor also recognizes the important legacy of German immigrants in our city and our state of Maryland, as Baltimore was one of the most important ports of entry for German immigration in the nineteenth century. A German Studies Minor will help students gain a solid foundation of the German language as well as the cultural competency necessary for global engagement that is a fundamental part of the educational goals of our institution.
The Loyola University Maryland German Studies Minor is a liberal arts program which meets the needs of individuals wishing to function linguistically and culturally at a minimum of intermediate level in German society today. This program will serve undergraduates majoring in a broad range of fields: liberal arts, science, social science and business. The program uses a curriculum that utilizes current theory and practice, exposes students to cultural diversity, and encourages study abroad in the actual German environment to reinforce those skills. It contributes to Loyola's Learning Aims, especially those of Eloquentia Perfecta, Intellectual Excellence, Critical Understanding, Aesthetics, and Faith and Mission.
The director of the German Studies Minor will work with each student to develop a coherent program of study, guide the student, and meet informally at least once a semester to assist the student in course selection and planning.
German Studies Minors are strongly encouraged to study abroad in Berlin. Information about the program in Berlin and possible course offerings are listed on the International Programs website. Most courses taken in Berlin will count towards the German Studies Minor. Students are encouraged to consult with the director of the program before studying abroad.