The Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures offers the B.A. degree and Minor in German Studies as well as the M.A. and Ph.D. in Germanic languages and literatures. Courses explore diverse perspectives on the language, culture, literature, history, and art of German-speaking Europe. Foci of our offerings include second-language acquisition in German (research in applied linguistics and teaching) and German dialects in the US in our graduate program, with German literature and culture of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Our undergraduate program also features a series of courses in business German.

The Department's activities are enriched by support from the Max Kade Foundation, which provides fellowships for graduate students and helps maintain the Max Kade Center on campus, as well as the sister-city relationship between Lawrence and Eutin, Germany. The Department also cultivates relationships with numerous campus units, e.g., the School of Business, European Studies, Philosophy, Humanities & Western Civilization, Political Science, Sociology, Theatre, and other other language & literature departments. Collaboration with the Spencer Museum of Art, the Hall Center for the Humanities, and the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities is another significant aspect of our department's intellectual life.

We invite you to explore our web site and learn more about our department, our faculty, our courses, and what makes our department special.

Undergraduate News

Congratulations to Sara Anderson, German Studies and Global & International Studies, and John McGuire, German Studies and International Business.

They both passed the Goethe-Zertifikat C1, which calls for very advanced language skills. The exam corresponds to level five (C1) on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Certificates issued by the Goethe-Institut are recognized throughout the world. At many German universities and further-education institutions, foreign applicants with a Goethe-Zertifikat C1 are exempted from the language entrance test.

1975-slide2C.jpgGraduate Student News

Congratulations to Joe Cunningham! Joe, who successfully defended his dissertation on April 16, has accepted an Assistant Professor position in Georgetown University's German Department. He will teach German language and culture to undergraduate students, mentor graduate student teachers, and pursue research in applied linguistics, specifically online intercultural exchange, teacher education, task-based teaching and learning, and acquisition of professional German.

Calendar of the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures
Don't miss this unique presentation of German folk songs performed by young, aspiring local singers. Thursday, March 26th, 7:30pm, Lied Center Pavilion KU School of Music Lied Center of Kansas - Performing Arts Center
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Explore KU: Experience a KU Men's Basketball tradition It’s explosive. It’s dramatic. It’s intimidating. It’s a KU tradition (see more at simply known as the Confetti Toss. But it creates a primal eruption of fan enthusiasm at the opening of every KU men’s basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse. It starts as the visiting team is introduced on court. The KU student section is visibly bored and unimpressed. The entire section under the north basket holds up University Daily Kansans — making the point they’d rather read the newspaper than even look at the other team. They shake and rustle the student newspapers. Then the moment they were waiting for arrives — the Jayhawks enter the court. All Rock Chalk breaks loose. Newspapers, confetti and thousands of thundering voices soar into already charged atmosphere of KU’s hallowed basketball arena. The confetti hits its high point, near the banner on the north wall reading “Pay Heed, All Who Enter: Beware of the Phog.” And the confetti rains back into the stands, onto the court and into the memories of all at hand. It’s time to play.

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