The German program at DePaul University provides students with a strong linguistic and cultural background, develops their creative and critical thinking skills and prepares them for life in a multicultural, global world. Drawing on the interdisciplinary interests of its faculty, the program offers courses in German language and culture, cinema, translations, and German intellectual history, literature, and civilization. Students learn through innovative pedagogical techniques including, films, video interviews, interactive CD-ROM and Internet applications. Class projects include a poetry contest and the translation of a Reader of Contemporary Culture. In-class learning is complemented by campus cultural events, such as symposia and visiting guest speakers sponsored by the German faculty.
The German faculty sponsor cultural events and lectures by visiting
scholars and writers in the fields of literature, cinema, and political
sciences. Recent speakers include: a contemporary novelist; an
Afro-German activist and poet;the Austrian General Consul, who spoke on
the European Union; the German consul, an expert translator himself, who
lectured on the art of translating; a concert of poetry and music (in
cooperation with the School of Music), in honor of Goethe; and a staged
reading of a drama (in cooperation with the Theatre School). Students are also able to participate in citywide events (forums,
readings, round tables) at other universities and institutions such as
the Chicago Cultural Center, the Goethe Institute and the Chicago
International Film Festival.