Program of Study

The Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German offers students the best of both intellectual worlds: a firm disciplinary foundation in German literature and culture, and a wide range of choices for interdisciplinary work. The nineteen core German Studies faculty represent expertise in all periods from medieval studies to literature and culture of the twenty-first century, and engage in interdisciplinary teaching and mentorship in multicultural studies (including German-Jewish, Afro-German, and Turkish-German studies), gender and sexuality studies, theory and aesthetics, visual and sound studies, and science studies. The Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German works closely with other departments and programs and supports close intellectual ties with major German universities.

How the Program Works

Students take courses full time in their first year of study; in subsequent years they acquire teaching experience at both a private (Duke University) and a public (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) university. Multiple program options are available to students, from the study of historical periods and genres (medieval to contemporary) to literary criticism and theory. Interdisciplinary work is strongly encouraged.