See the world through a different lens

The Department of German Studies offers an exciting curriculum that fosters students' linguistic and cultural competence. Students are immersed in German language, literatures, and culture through our programs.

Our department offers three degree options in German Studies:

Bachelor's Degree in German Studies

Undergraduate courses are designed to familiarize students with the German language as well as the cultures and histories of German-speaking communities. The department is designated as a German Center of Excellence by the American Association of Teachers of German.

Master's Degree in German Studies

This program prepares students to analyze critically and synthesize various aspects of German Studies, such as literary studies, cultural studies, and applied linguistics, including studies in second language acquisition and teaching. 

Doctoral Degree in Transcultural German Studies

A dual and joint degree with the University of Arizona and the University of Leipzig, this program is well suited to students aspiring to pursue academic careers relating to national and international literary, educational, cultural, and linguistic interests.

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News & Events

November 20th, 2017
Since the path-breaking work of the cultural historian Carl Schorske in 1979, much attention has been given to the culture of Vienna around 1900, and...
October 20th, 2017
MA candidate Jesse Archbold will speak on "Hans Sachs and the Protestant Reformation," and PhD candidate Carolin Radtke will talk about "Travelogue...
" der first street, im gelben haus, hausen germanisten..." Michael Speier, our Writer-in-Residence in 2016, wrote a poem about his time in...
November 16th, 2017
Eine Berliner Romanze/A Berlin Romance (Gerhard Klein, 1956) Mid-1950s Berlin, before the building of the Wall. Uschi, a salesgirl and aspiring...
October 19th, 2017
Die Frau und der Fremde/The Woman and the Stranger (Gerhard Klein, 1984) This film is part of a series of films from the DEFA Film Library. Karl and...
Geschichten vom Fliehen und Ankommen | Stories of Escaping and Arriving: A Project of the Department of German Studies under the direction of Dr....
Issue 5.2 of Critical Multilingualism Studies on “Legitimate Speakers in Contested Spaces” went live this week. The new volume...
German Studies Professor, Peter Ecke, was visiting the Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico, September 20-23. He gave a presentation on “Verbal Fluency...
November 8th, 2017
In Let Them Drown, the 2016 London Edward W. Said lecture, Naomi Klein calledattention, as Rob Nixon's Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the...
November 2nd, 2017
Hannah Arendt (Margarete von Trotta, 2013) A biopic of Hannah Arendt, the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist....