Office Hours

Spring 2015

  • MW 10:00–11:00
    and by appointment


Study abroad in Prague/Vienna/Budapest

Yoga and pilates

Central European Literature and Culture

Sewing, Crochet and embroidery



Cynthia Klima

Associate Professor of


Welles 206C
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454


Cynthia Klima has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1993.

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D.,German - University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995
  • M.A., German - University of Oklahoma, 1986
  • B.A., Russian - University of Oklahoma, 1983

Research Interests

Her interests lie in German-Czech-Jewish relations, political relations in Europe, cultural history of Central Europe, Russian literature and cultural history, and the Germans and Jews of Prague. She has written numerous articles on Jewish contribution to culture in Central Europe, historical articles and book reviews on German, Czech, Russian and Jewish themes. Her translation of Paul Leppin’s Blaugast: A Novel of Decline was published in November 2007 by Twisted Spoon Press in Prague, Czech Republic. In addition, Dr. Klima is involved with Humanities/Central European Studies and Summer Study Abroad to Prague, Czech Republic. She is the coordinator for both the German minor and Central and Eastern European Studies minor.
Fall 2015 Classes

GERM 101:
Elementary German I

    Introduces the structure and sound of the target language. Develops the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Culture-based readings and collateral laboratory assignments.
    This course is designed for the student who has never studied the language before. In general, students who have a one-year high school equivalency may repeat this course, but for no credit. Offered every fall
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GERM 201:
L/Intermediate German I

    Reviews the fundamentals of structure and continues to develop the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Oral and written exercises are included. Reading materials emphasize
    cultural and contemporary topics. Prerequisites: GERM 102 or its equivalent. Offered every fall
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GERM 313:
Contemporary German Civilizatn

    Study of the main aspects of modern life in the target language country (institutions, society, way of life) through discussions based on the use of authentic documents (reviews, magazines, recordings
    , interviews, information online). Aural/oral skills emphasized. Prerequisites: GERM 301. Offered on regular rotation
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