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 excellence. Our department offers diverse and challenging degree programs in the languages, literatures, and cultures of the German speaking countries from the Middle Ages to the present.
Our faculty members are both award-winning teachers, known for their enthusiasm as well as their close mentoring of students, and internationally recognized scholars in fields ranging from early modern literature to postwar German cinema. All of our courses, regardless of the level of instruction, emphasize communication and participation in a relaxed and fun environment, helping students to hone their reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills through explorations of German literature, film, philosophy, music, art, politics, and society.
Our community extends beyond the classroom to encompass a variety of co- and extra-curricular activities, from academic lectures and symposia to film-series, theater and museum visits, Pizza-Pausen, and the legendary Döner Abend. We also offer summer, semester, and yearlong study abroad opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our PhD candidates work closely with faculty mentors on innovative, interdisciplinary research projects, and receive extensive pedagogical training in preparation for a career in academe.
Our department has much to offer students at all levels, and we encourage you to learn more about our programs, which are briefly described below. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact our program directors and staff directly.
We offer the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy in German.
We also offer the Doctor of Philosophy in German and Comparative Literature in cooperation with the Committee on Comparative Literature.
Our top-ranked graduate program stresses interdisciplinary collaboration and the development of strong research, pedagogical, and leadership skills.
Our undergraduate program combines excellent language instruction with courses in a wide range of historical, political, cultural, and literary areas of interest. Our students enjoy personalized advising, interdisciplinary flexibility, and opportunities to study abroad.
For further information, please contact our Student Coordinator, Cecily Stewart Hawksworth; our Director of Graduate Studies, Erin McGlothlin; or our Director of Undergraduate Studies, Jennifer Kapczynski.