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Graduate Study in Germanic Languages & Literatures

The Department offers the MA and PhD degrees in Germanic Languages & Literatures.* Work toward the MA degree consists of a traditional curriculum providing important foundational knowledge. The curriculum includes historical surveys of the major literary periods and genres, of the structure and function of German and Germanic languages, knowledge of disciplinary methodologies employed in the field, development of language capacity, and control of writing and research strategies. Building on the MA foundational base, the KU PhD degree program encourages students to develop their particular intellectual interests in collaboration with KU faculty and their areas of specialization. The graduate program focuses on the following areas:

  • German literature
  • Germanic linguistics/philology
  • German second-language acquisition/applied linguistics

The Master's Program Profile (PDF) and Doctoral Program Profile (PDF) give a retrospective overview of our time-to-degree and other statistics relevant to the graduate program and graduate-student experience.

For inquiries concerning the graduate program, please contact:

Professor William Keel, Director of Graduate Studies and/or Cari Ann Kreienhop, Graduate Academic Advisor, CLAS.

*PLEASE NOTE:  The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures has suspended matriculation for the 2018-2019 Academic Year and will not be considering applications until further notice.  If you wish to be notified when the application queue is reopened, please contact Graduate Academic Advisor, Cari Ann Kreienhop.


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