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.

@ 5:30 pm
TBA @ 10:00 am
German Department Lounge (Ridgley Hall Rm 317) @ 11:00 am
German Department Lounge (Ridgley Hall Rm 317) @ 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

New William H. Gass fellowship and PhD track for international writers

The Ampersand recently featured an article about professor emeritus William H. Gass, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. Comparative Literature director Lynne Tatlock spoke about Gass's literary influence, quoting Matthias Göritz, the first reipient of the William H. Gass fellowship who said, “I admire Gass as an essayist, translator, and storyteller; I admire him as a teacher. My colleagues across the globe and I see him as a legend. After reading his work, people are ‘infected’ and changed. It’s simple: we have to read William Gass; otherwise we’ve missed the best. I’m proud and grateful to be recognized as the first William Gass fellow. And thus not to miss the best.”
For more information about the new PhD track for international writers, see here.