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

Viking course
GERMAN 261S

The history of Viking raiding, trading, exploration, and settlement, with attention to the socioeconomic structure, political organization, and naval technology of medieval Scandinavian societies.… read more about The Viking Age »

Holocaust
GERMAN 387

The ways in which official German culture comes to terms with its Nazi past. Background reading in history and politics; primary focus on films, dramas, novels, and poetry, as well as public… read more about Germany Confronts Nazism and the Holocaust »

King Arthur
GERMAN 275

The legend of the “Once and Future King,” Arthur of Camelot, has fascinated poets, artists, writers, and filmmakers. Students will read and view different versions of the Arthur legend, from the… read more about The Legend of King Arthur in Literature and Film »

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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