Michael Mangone

Michael Mangone

"When thinking of words to describe the German program at Canisius College, words like, unique, extensive, thorough, and entertaining all come to mind. With that being said, Dr. Peter Böhm has produced one of the most interesting majors here at Canisius. The wide rage of courses offered span into many different topics that are important to fully understand and grasp the concepts of German culture, history, art, philosophy, and so on. What I find most unique about the program is that Dr. Böhm reaches out to his students and gives them a choice as to what classes he will teach. For example, some students a few semesters ago dual-majored in German and philosophy. In that case, Dr. Böhm gave the students the option to take a class (Jewish Philosophers of German Ancestry) pertaining to both the interest in German and the interest in philosophy. That is why I feel that Dr. Böhm is truly reaching out to his students and helping them excel in any subject matter they wish to know about, rather than forcing them to take classes that do not follow their interests.

Another unique aspect offered by the German department is study abroad. The department at Canisius College has exchange programs with three different partner universities in Germany (Berlin, Dortmund, Eichstätt); each offers studies in many different subjects. The summer of my freshmen year I attended a summer program at the Catholic University of Eichstätt/Ingolstadt. This has so far been my favorite memory of my college career and the experience was unlike anything I had ever done before. Happy to say, I will be attending the Berlin School of Economics and Law in the upcoming semester and the process, as far as communication, understanding, and simplicity to apply and ask questions, has been effortless.

Overall the German Department has opened up new pathways of education to me. Not only am I learning how to speak German, but I am learning to understand and appreciate the culture as a whole. I am happy to say that my choosing to study German here at Canisius has been one of the best decisions I ever made, and I look forward to continuing to expand my knowledge about what German is and what it means to fully understand the culture of Germany."