Department of German

College of Letters & Science


Welcome to the Department of German

The Department of German, part of the College of Letters & Science, provides a rich environment to study all things related to the literatures, cultures, and language of the German-speaking countries.

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The Department of German, established in 1890, is one of the oldest, largest, and highest ranked in the United States. Through its comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs, it offers a rich and challenging environment in which to pursue the study of all aspects of the literatures, cultures, and languages of the German-speaking countries.

As a leading department, its distinguished faculty has long been recognized internationally for its historical breadth and intellectual depth in German literature, thought, and culture from the Middle Ages to the present, as well as in Germanic linguistics and Dutch language, literature and culture.