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The University of Arizona offers two graduate programs: one leading to the Master of Arts degree in German Studies, and a second in the Joint Arizona-Leipzig PhD/DPhil Program in Transcultural German Studies. Within the MA and PhD program, students may choose among a number of emphases and individualized courses of study. 

Our curriculum includes literary studies from the medieval through the modern period, cultural studies, film studies, genre studies, applied linguistics, general linguistics, teaching methodology, and foreign language testing, as well as an introduction to and further study in a variety of critical methods. The Department of German Studies in cooperation with the College of Education offers a program by which students who complete their MA in German Studies have the unique opportunity to acquire a teaching certificate for K-12 public schools in just one or two additional semester(s). Students receiving an MA in German Studies are eligible to apply for admission to the Joint Arizona-Leipzig PhD program in Transcultural German Studies (TGS) or to the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT).

Since the Joint Arizona-Leipzig PhD Program in Transcultural German Studies (TGS) requires a year of study at the University of Leipzig, most students admitted to the TGS Program will spend their first year at the University of Arizona, their second year at the University of Leipzig, and their third year and dissertation time in Arizona.

The Department of German Studies offers graduate teaching assistantships (to teach German language courses while taking classes) as well as a number of scholarships for qualified students such as the Max Kade Fellowship, the Atlantik-Brücke Fellowship, and the Weinel Scholarship. The University of Arizona also offers Graduate College Diversity Scholarships for qualified minority students. Additionally, the department offers the opportunity for study and teaching abroad.

The University of Arizona is a student-centered research institution with an enrollment of approximately 41,000 students. The Department of German Studies, a part of the College of Humanities, sees as its major academic goals the instruction of students (1) in German language at the beginning and intermediate levels, (2) in German literature and cultural studies at the upper division, MA, and PhD levels, and (3) in Germanic linguistics (applied, theoretical, and pedagogical) at the graduate levels.

The Department of German Studies encourages social interaction between its faculty and students through its Deutscher Studentenclub, through faculty and student colloquia, a weekly Stammtisch, and other social events. The Department sponsors a chapter of the German honor society Delta Phi Alpha. Other activities include a year-long German Film Series.

In the Department of German Studies we strongly believe in preparing graduate students as future teachers as well as scholars. To this end, the German Studies curriculum is complemented by a teacher development program that is one of the finest in the country. It includes coursework in methodology and assessment, and supervised teaching assistantships.

The University of Arizona, a member of the Pacific-10 Inter-collegiate Conference, is located in Tucson, a growing city of over 1,000,000 inhabitants in the mountain country of the Arizona-Sonora Desert. One hour from the Mexican border to the south and two hours from the state capitol, Phoenix, to the north, the Tucson area provides a wealth of outdoor recreational activities all year round, from hiking, cycling, skiing, swimming and golf, to camping, backpacking, and mountain climbing. The city of Tucson also presents a broad spectrum of cultural offerings, among them museums, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Arizona Theater Company, the Arizona Ballet Company, and the Arizona Opera Company. Many colorful events and celebrations draw upon the area's rich Hispanic and Native American cultural heritage.