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Mission

The University of Kansas Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures offers our undergraduate students a diverse and challenging program in the language and culture of German-speaking Europe, including literature, the arts, history, business, and politics.  Our interdisciplinary German Studies curriculum integrates study abroad, research, and internship opportunities. We aim to provide the teaching, advising, and mentoring that our students need to engage actively in their education, both in the classroom and in co-curricular activities. We collaborate with many University units to enhance our students’ undergraduate experience.

 

Vision

We aspire to be a leading student-centered department that attracts intellectually curious and talented students from across Kansas and beyond. We endeavor to engage students from within the College and from the professional schools in the study of the language and culture of German-speaking Europe. We aim to have strong faculty and staff members who contribute to our department and to the College community. Finally, we seek to provide an environment for learning and working in which differences are valued and all persons have an equitable opportunity to achieve their academic and professional goals.

 

Values

We accomplish our mission by maintaining our shared values:

  • Driven by excellence and commitment to student learning
  • Creative and critical thinkers
  • Ethical and accountable
  • Proactive in efforts to support a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment
  • Transparent and inclusive in our governance
  • Service oriented
  • Fiscally responsible

 

Priorities

  • Improve student learning outcomes through ongoing assessment and discussion of teaching and curriculum
  •  Provide excellent and different kinds of advising
  • Increase opportunities and funding for undergraduate research
  • Encourage study abroad for one or two semesters
  • Connect students with campus resources and opportunities
  • Recognize student achievement
  • Draw students to discipline of German Studies
  • Support faculty and instructional staff to enable their top performance in teaching, research, and service

 


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