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
New Music Video from Cascada This German dance music act from Bonn features singer Natalie Horler. The group's hit singles in the U.S. include “Everytime We Touch” and “Evacuate the Dancefloor.” . Fun fact: Natalie represented Germany in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Glorious,” but unfortunately came in 21st place. Thanks to Sara Anderson, German Studies and GIST major, for this post! https://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TeRtHCgfo8#t=54
Cascada - Reason (Official Video)
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