Helmut Kohl's era as chancellor, marked by the reunification of Germany, came to an end in 1998 when a 'red-green' coalition of Social Democrats and Greens took office under Gerhard Schroeder. In 2005 Angela Merkel, a Christian Democrat at the head of a 'grand coalition' with the Social Democrats, became the first woman, the first East German and the first scientist to serve as chancellor.

Although the euphoria of reunification has subsided and there is some resentment and disaffection from both sides, Germany is working towards true unity in typically sedulous fashion. In the 1990s Germany absorbed the majority of refugees from the former Yugoslavia, and these and other immigrants have recently been the targets of racist attacks. However, the extreme right wing, although insidious and occasionally violent, is politically weak. Germany suffers from high unemployment, structural problems in the economy and fierce competition in world markets but at least so far social dislocation has been minimal. In recent years, the economic and social integration of Germany's large Turkish minority has been the subject of public debate.

When the financial crisis struck in 2008-09, the German government pumped hundreds of billions of euros into the financial system to prop up the banks. Despite its export industries taking a beating during the crisis and the dire predictions of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), Germany's unemployment rate is currently the lowest it's been in the last twenty years. Its strong labor market there is one reason why Germany has thus far weathered the eurozone debt crisis when so many countries have lapsed into the red. Whether this relative stability will continue remains to be seen.

Remembering the Holocaust victims.


SW106SL - Global Service Learning

This course will focus on a special topic in connection with a global service-learning experience. Fulfills the service-learning requirement. This course focuses on the Holocaust/Shoah at a local and international level. Emphasis is placed on understanding the Nazi rationale for the mass extermination of twelve million people. The focus of the course will not be limited to Jews but will also shed light on the other categories of people prosecuted and murdered during the Holocaust/Shoah. Students will be connecting to the local Jewish community through various tours and service projects. This course will have a ten (10) day overseas experience to Germany, Poland and Czech Republic which will be required for the course. Students must be accepted to study abroad by the Center for Global Learning prior to enrolling in the course.


(subject to change)
  • Spring Semester with ten (10) day overseas experience during Spring BreakĀ