A Ph.D. Program in German Literature, Media, and Theory

One of the leading programs and largest faculties in German Studies in North America, the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program builds our vibrant intellectual community around three core commitments:

  • Texts: we emphasize the careful interpretation of literature, film, and other media and discourses.
  • Theories and Methods: we offer deep engagement with methodologies such as literary theory, philosophy, intellectual history, and science studies, as well as affiliations across the disciplines with Jewish Studies, Literature departments, History, Music, Philosophy, Divinity, Art History, Political Science, Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature.
  • Historical Depth: we anchor intellectual development within knowledge of German-language literature and culture from the medieval to contemporary periods.

Through close collaboration with faculty advisors, each student molds their individual research agenda while receiving pre-professional guidance and mentored pedagogical training at both an elite private university and a top public university.

Students apply to a single, fully-merged program and graduate with a diploma bearing the names of both Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program offers students who remain in good standing at least six years of full funding, including tuition, living stipend and health insurance.