南山大学

 

Department of German Studies

In school history textbook, Germany is often described in terms of its militaristic and nationalistic past. Yet, historically, if we consider Germany’s achievements in the fields of literature, music, and art, its contribution to the development of European civilization is vast. Looking at contemporary Germany and its future, it also symbolizes the creation of a new world order in the wake of the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the ensuing thaw in post-Cold War East-West relations. As the major economic and technological force in the European Union and given its geographical location at the center of Europe, Germany is expected to play a leading role in the EU’s future. Studying Germany enables us to learn something of the roots of European civilization and to consider the nature of future society. The first and second years in the Development are largely devoted to the acquisition of language skills, with frequent reference made to English, which itself is part of the Germanic family of languages. From the third year on, students have the opportunity to pursue specific interests by choosing courses offered on the language, literature, history, thought, society, and economics of Germany and the Germany-speaking areas.


Features of the Department

  • During the first two years, students study the German language intensively, practicing thoroughly the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
  • For maximum effect, language courses are term-taught by Japanese and native German-speaking instructors.
  • From the third year on, students are offered a broad range of seminars in the fields of literature, language, economics, politics, history, philosophy, and sociology.
  • Throughout the four years of study in the Department, students enjoy individual attention through small class sizes and a personal academic advisors system, providing them with creative environment necessary to develop their ideas.

Faculty of Foreign Studies Chair of the Department of German Studies

Professor
Tatsuya Ohta