Graduate Studies

Our Graduate Program offers one of the finest Ph.D. programs in North America. It is dedicated to training superb scholars and well-rounded pedagogues able to meet and exceed the expectations of the academic job market today and in the future.

Undergraduate Studies

Our department offers a wide range of courses which examine important aspects of German culture, art, philosophy, literature, media, and criticism from the Middle Ages to the present. 


Our undergraduate and graduate courses are taught by internationally-recognized scholars. They offer small class sizes, provide personalized guidance, and stress interdisciplinary collaboration.


Our department is renowned for its excellent faculty, dedicated to both innovative research and exceptional teaching. Distinguished visiting writers, critics, and scholars add important aspects to the vitality of the department.

The Max Kade Center

The only center of its kind, the Max Kade Center promotes the teaching and research of contemporary German literature. Every spring, the Kade Center invites a prominent writer and a leading critic from a German-speaking country to teach a graduate course.

Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Washington University, a close-knit intellectual community of faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduates with a rich history and an international reputation for excelle