The Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch is a community engaged in the interdisciplinary study of literature and culture.
Programs: Undergraduate and graduate programs are available in German, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish.
Faculty: The GSD faculty research fields range from cultural studies and gender studies to intellectual history, transnational studies, folklore, film, and second-language acquisition.
Outreach: Part of a land-grant institution, GSD sustains connections with the wider community through College in the Schools and other outreach programs.
|Marino with a recently restored historical jacket at the|
Heimatmuseum Warnemünde in Rostock, Germany
|Daniel Karvonen's Mini-Class "Finnish Origins: Linguistics & Genetics"|
|Rick McCormick's Mini-Class "Divine Decadence: Berlin in the Roaring ‘20s"|
|Post-It Notes from the Mini-Class "World Cafe:|
Contemporary Language Evolution & Impact of New Technologies"
“The Alumni Reunion held on April 25th was fantastic! It was a great opportunity to reunite with old friends and meet new ones with a common interest in European languages. It was also nice to meet students in an environment where alumni could share their experience and application of language skills outside of academia to assure students that there are opportunities in the business world for language grads. In addition, the workshops provided a great way for alumni to get a taste of the classroom experience after so many years away from school."
- Blaine Bos
B.A. 1976, History and Dutch
Vice President, Health Care Modernization at Optum
“The Language Reunion was an excellent way to return to campus, learn what current students are doing, connect with friends, and network with like-minded language grads. I particularly enjoyed the thoughtfully planned mini-sessions that covered everything from culture, food and travel, to current events and politics. And, for an early Saturday morning start, the coffee was extra black and strong – fitting for the euro-minded crowd! I hope there are other similar events in the future.”
- Eric Brotten
B.A. 2003, German and Economics
Vice President, Global Health Products & Solutions at Optum International
"The reunion was a great opportunity to come back to campus and revisit our classrooms and professors. I felt like I was in college again! I look forward to attending this event again in years to come."
- Hannah Guenveur
B.A. 2010, German and Global Studies
Associate Business Systems Analyst - HR at Ecolab
"It was truly a joy to return to the halls of Folwell, bond with fellow alumni, and best of all, listen to language department professors share their expertise without having to worry about taking a test at the end!"
- John Vaughan
B.A. 2011, German
B.S. 2011, Finance and International Business
Consultant at Deloitte Consulting
“The Language Alumni Reunion was fantastic. Returning to Folwell Hall after two decades really opened my eyes to how far I had come since graduating. As a senior about to graduate in 1994, the question I heard most often was: "A degree in Scandinavian Languages? What are you going to do with that?" At that time, I honestly didn't know and was quite nervous about my prospects, as well. The worry proved to be needless. Twenty years later, I am a successful language professional and the reunion brought together nearly two hundred other language alumni who have succeeded in many industries and professions with their language degrees.
“The format of the reunion made it easy to connect with other attendees. Sitting in the newly renovated classrooms for the mini-courses was a thrill. There was definitely a nostalgic quality about taking a seat in Folwell Hall for a course with the some of the same instructors I had twenty years ago. At the same time, it was fresh and fun. I hope the reunion can become a regular event for language alumni in the future, perhaps even in an expanded format.”
- Kyle Vraa
B.A. 1994, Scandinavian Languages
Owner, Vraa Translation
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