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Degree Programs

The Germanic Studies graduate program equips students to be creative scholars and skillful teachers through research and teaching programs covering the literature, culture, and media of the German-speaking and Nordic countries. Students work closely with faculty dedicated to scholarly innovation, teaching excellence, and interdisciplinary collaboration. The program is flexible and students have the option of pursuing an emphasis in German (MA, PhD), Germanic Medieval Studies (MA, PhD), or Scandinavian Studies (MA).

We are committed to providing our graduate students with innovative seminars, international exchanges, research opportunities, and teaching assistantships. Incoming students receive funding packages that support them during their graduate studies. In GSD you will find a collaborative and challenging intellectual environment.

Interdisciplinary strength

Our faculty have specializations spanning the Middle Ages to the contemporary world, and are internationally recognized for research across scholarly fields that include environmental humanities, European intellectual history, feminist and gender studies, film and media studies, Jewish studies, and pre-modern studies. Graduate students collaborate with faculty in all interdisciplinary initiatives.

Innovative teaching

As a department engaged in current discussions of pedagogy, multimedia instruction, and educational reform at the national level, we offer graduate students a rich variety of opportunities to develop skills as teacher-scholars for the 21st century. Graduate students teach in first-, second-, and third-year language and content courses, with access to ongoing professional development and mentoring support.

CLA’s Graduate Programs Office offers graduate students access to funding resources, health and supportive services, diversity initiatives, and other valuable information.