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Featured Courses for Spring 2023

About Us

The German Studies Department is a vibrant community committed to the investigation of German-language culture in its many media and across historic time. We also practice and teach cultural and textual analysis and critical inquiry. Departmental strengths include literature and philosophy, film and media studies, aesthetics, German-Jewish studies, intellectual history, science studies, and political thought. In their research, the faculty values close reading in dialogue with theory, historical contextualization, and transdisciplinary approaches. In their teaching, our faculty is deeply committed to fostering student learning and engagement at all levels.

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Undergraduate Offerings

We offer a Bachelor of Arts in Germanic Languages & Literature, a minor, and extensive language courses in German. Our program is for everyone – from beginners to experienced speakers – and we work closely with students at all levels to help them develop fluency in speaking, understanding, writing, and reading.

For those non-German speakers, we also offer a variety of interesting courses, taught in English, that can inspire, challenge and enlighten you.

Featured Courses


This course examines contemporary cultural trends in German society through the lens of the German media landscape. Students will continue to develop their competencies in German at an advanced level… read more about Contemporary Culture through the German Media Landscape »


Develop speaking skills for everyday language interactions, including expressing opinions and formulating arguments. Grade based on participation, vocabulary quizzes, role plays. Prerequisite: German… read more about Intermediate Conversation Practice »


This course will investigate German theories about what lies beneath: is it hell or the subterranean foundations that keep our world from collapsing? A product of nature or culture? The origin of art… read more about German Underworlds »

Study Abroad Programs

Student in Berlin

We administer the Duke in Berlin global education programs, where students can spend a semester or summer in one of Europe's most exciting cities!

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Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies

Our graduate program – which results in a joint UNC & Duke diploma –  combines the resources of two great universities in a curriculum that joins disciplinary rigor with interdisciplinary flexibility to create an internationally acclaimed center of excellence for graduate training, research, teaching, and scholarly exchange.

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