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Often referred to as “das Land der Dichter und Denker” (the land of poets and thinkers) Germany and German culture have made significant contributions to Western civilization, especially in the areas of literature, music and philosophy. In contemporary times Germany has emerged as a political and economic leader within the European Union, and has become the envy of many because of its stable economy. Given the historical and current significance of Germany, Manhattanville encourages the study of German. German fluency can be a distinct asset for students seeking jobs in the global business, banking, diplomatic and humanitarian sectors. Although a traditional major in German is not feasible, students may complete a minor in German Studies and in conjunction with this, are encouraged to spend a summer or semester abroad in one of the German speaking countries.