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The Department of German offers two tracks in graduate education: a Ph.D. in German Studies and a joint Ph.D. in German and Film Studies.  Both tracks include the MA degree as a required step toward the PhD. The programs encourage interdisciplinary work in training future scholars in German Studies and German Film Studies and they prepares students to be competitive on the national job market.

The graduate faculty’s scholarly expertise allows students to develop a foundation in German with special emphasis on film and literary culture from the Enlightenment to the present. The graduate curriculum challenges students to develop their own research questions inspired by the most advanced theoretical paradigms that have evolved over recent years across the humanities and social sciences.

Together with the curriculum, the scholarly profile of the department provides a framework to develop a solid knowledge of the cultural trajectory of the German-speaking world since Lessing; analytic-conceptual skills for critical engagement with modern, postmodern, and post-postmodern theoretical models; and writing skills necessary in the field of German Cultural Studies.

Recent graduate seminars have explored questions of (post) Kantian aesthetics; cultural memory, collective identity, and political violence; identity formation and the body; im/migration and visual alterity; as well as transnationalism and queer theory.

The department hosts annual conferences and film series, invites prestigious colleagues to campus to share their research, and supports a lively and collegial intellectual environment beyond the classroom setting. In addition to their degree in German Studies, our students are required to pursue a certificate or related area in programs such as Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Gender Studies, West European Studies, or in another related area.

Graduate students are given opportunity to study and conduct research
in Germany, whether through various grants for summer reserach,
through the Pitt-Augsburg annual graduate exchange, or through external dissertation support (Mellon, DAAD, Fulbright, SSRC, Berlin Program, etc.)

Our goal as faculty mentors is to facilitate the formation of intellectual capital in our students that allows them to become independent scholars and colleagues in the Academy. We welcome you to join us in this project.

Additional Information

For information about the graduate program beyond that contained on this website, e-mail the Department Chair, Dr. Randall Halle, rhalle@pitt.eduPlease note: The Department of German is no longer accepting new students into its graduate program.