School of Humanities
UC Irvine Graduate Division
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697
PhD. Optional emphases in Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, Feminist Studies, and/or Visual Studies
UC Irvine's Department of German offers a course of study leading to the PhD in German. Additionally, students may choose an emphasis Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, Feminist Studies, and/or Visual Studies.
Innovation combined with a solid foundation in traditional approaches characterizes the program of study leading to the PhD degree. Special emphasis is placed on integrating literary texts into pertinent cultural and theoretical contexts as well as on understanding literature in its aesthetic, social, and historical dimensions. The faculty is particularly well represented in the field of modern German literature, philosophy, and cultural studies and there is strong research and teaching interest in the eighteenth century, the Age of Goethe, Classicism, Romanticism, Realism, and twentieth-century literature.
Students take an active part in the Department's intellectual life. Speakers from a large number of universities present papers at regular colloquia that offer occasion for intense discussion. Distinguished visiting professors often join the Department, bringing new perspectives and impulses. The Goethe Institute in nearby Los Angeles also provides many special events, including visits by German writers, film presentations (in addition to the Department's regular offerings), and workshops.
The UCI Library contains more than 2 million volumes and supports work and research in many areas. Special collections include the Hans Waldmüller Thomas Mann Collection and the René Wellek Library. Students and faculty also enjoy access to the entire University of California library system.
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Loans Offered: Tuition assistance is available through student loans
Locale: Midsize City