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Why German, Scandinavian & Dutch?

The Department of German, Scandinavian & Dutch is a community engaged in transnational cultural studies with a focus on the languages, literatures, and cultures of central and northern Europe. Our geographic range includes Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Low Countries, and the Nordic countries from Iceland in the west to Finland in the east. We are a place where the study of language, humanities values, and interdisciplinary perspectives intersects with the challenges of the globalized 21st century.

Our faculty are known nationally and internationally for their research and teaching in the medieval and pre-modern area, transnational interdisciplinary studies (from cultural and gender studies to environmental humanities, intellectual history, Jewish studies, and film), and second-language acquisition. GSD’s outstanding teachers have established thriving undergraduate programs for all the languages we offer. In addition to German, you will find Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish, as well as Modern Icelandic. We also host the program in Slavic Languages & Literatures. All these programs include pathways for students to pursue study abroad and experiential opportunities that open doors to future careers.

GSD’s collaboration with research centers and other departments on campus creates opportunities for faculty and graduate students to engage in field-shaping work that reaches beyond disciplinary boundaries. Part of a land-grant institution, we build connections with the wider community through College in the Schools, public events, and other outreach programs.