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Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch

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.

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  • Abby Marino Featured in three German newspaper articles

    GSD major Abby Marino has been featured in the Ostsee Zeitung and the Norddeutsche Neueste Nachrichten for her work completing an internship at the Warnemünde local history museum in Rostock, Germany.

    Marino with a recently restored historical jacket at the
    Heimatmuseum Warnemünde in Rostock, Germany
    Amerikanische Studentin hilft im Heimatmuseum
    (American student helps the local museum)
    Ostsee Zeitung
    June 12, 2015
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    Restauriert: Das Jäckchen ist jetzt fertig
    (Restored: The Jacket is now ready)
    Norddeutsche Neueste Nachrichten
    June 21, 2015
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     Warnemünder Kapitäne im 19. Jahrhundert
    (Warnemünde captains in the 19th century)
    Ostsee Zeitung
    July 4, 2015
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  • Kiley Kost wins GSD’s Graduate Teaching Award

    Kiley Kost has won GSD’s Graduate Teaching Award for excellence in teaching in the 2014-15 academic year. Read more
  • Language Department Alumni Reunion 2015

    On Saturday morning, April 25, 174 alumni from the Departments of German, Scandinavian & Dutch, French & Italian, and Spanish & Portuguese came to the beautifully remodeled Folwell Hall to enjoy the company of faculty, staff, and new or old friends. They gathered on the fourth floor for coffee and pastries, voted for the best student photographs from the past year's study abroad experiences, and donned "conversation pins" to facilitate discussions of how their language studies have enriched and informed their lives. Everyone then went to the first floor to participate in three mini-class sessions, choosing from the following seventeen mini-classes, taught by a mix of faculty, students, and alumni:

    Session A
    • Teaching Abroad - the Benefits and Challenges
    • Regions of France
    • Language Learning Outside the Classroom
    • Finnish Origins: Linguistics & Genetics
    • Danger in Francophone Africa
    • Convivencia in Medieval Iberia

    Daniel Karvonen's Mini-Class "Finnish Origins: Linguistics & Genetics"
    Daniel Karvonen's Mini-Class "Finnish Origins: Linguistics & Genetics"

    Session B

    • Saints and Soldiers in Medieval France
    • The Historic Cultural Phenomenon of the Cuban Rumba
    • Language Leaning Assumptions
    • Growing Anti-Semitism in Europe
    • Divine Decadance: Berlin in the Roaring '20s
    • U.S. Latino Theater

      Rick McCormick's Mini-Class "Divine Decadence: Berlin in the Roaring ‘20s"
      Rick McCormick's Mini-Class "Divine Decadence: Berlin in the Roaring ‘20s"

      Session C
      • 25 Years After the Wall
      • Only in Italy: Events not to be Missed
      • Food, Energy & Politics in Germany
      • World Cafe: Contemporary Language Evolution & Impact of New Technologies
      • Latino Immigration

        Post-It Notes from the Mini-Class "World Cafe: Contemporary Language Evolution & Impact of New Technologies"
        Post-It Notes from the Mini-Class "World Cafe:
        Contemporary Language Evolution & Impact of New Technologies"


        Here is what some of the alumni have said about their experience at the reunion:

        “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

        Photos from the event
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      • New website highlights student work from Ger 3610

        A new website has been launched to highlight student work from DAAD Prof. Hilde Hoffmann's Spring 2014 German course "Pleasure & Distraction: Urban Entertainment Culture around 1900."

        The first part of the undergraduate seminar focused on the cultural history of European metropolises near the turn of the century (1880-1930) through works from theorists including Walter Benjamin, Siegfried Krakauer, and Georg Simmel.

        In the second part of the seminar, the class explored historic spaces of distraction in the Twin Cities in weekly field trips. Students presented their research papers on site.

        The class learned a lot about Minneapolis and St Paul, culture theory, modernity, capitalism, and art.

        Hover over the images at the top of the homepage to trace where the students located their projects and read more about their research.

        "Pleasure & Distraction" Homepage

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