The German Studies graduate program strongly supports an interdisciplinary, intercultural, and transnational approach to German Literary and Cultural Studies, including trans-disciplinary literary and cultural theory, "interkulturelle Germanistik," and anthropological inquiries into literary studies. Socio-historical methodologies also apply to the study of German-language literatures, and the UConn program is unique in offering a Human Rights Certificate alongside the graduate degree in German Studies or German Literature to interested graduate students.
The expertise of our faculty covers the entire modern spectrum from German Classicism and Romanticism via Modernism and Holocaust Studies to East/West German literature and culture and "Gegenwartsliteratur" by German-speaking authors of different national and cultural backgrounds. Additional interests of the program: Black-German Studies, Gender Studies, Film and Media Studies, German-Jewish Studies and Literature/Culture and Philosophy. In general, faculty members are experts in particular theories and periods, beginning with the 18th century, but all have subfields and venture into interdisciplinary territory. Most importantly, every faculty member is eager to explore new and innovative questions together with graduate students!
The Graduate Program in German Studies has a rigorous language and pedagogy program. All faculty participate in an integrated approach to cultural and linguistic inquiry, and all are involved in the articulation of the entire Curriculum. Teaching assistants are introduced to language teaching research and methodologies with particular emphasis on teaching towards intercultural and linguistic competencies, beginning with elementary German language and culture classes.
International Student Requirements:
B.A.; or German "Masterstudiengang" with at least 2 semester in "Hauptstudium"