German Studies

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*Photographs of Berlin by Julie Stoermer

Welcome to the Department of German Studies at the University of Cincinnati, a vital center for the exploration of German literature, culture, and language since its founding over a century ago. We pride ourselves on our congeniality and cooperativeness and on the demonstrated excellence of our faculty, staff, students, and programs.

Our faculty and graduate students are active scholars who enjoy international reputations in the field. The department is home to three important journals in German Studies: The Journal of Austrian Studies, the Celan Jahrbuch, and Focus on German Studies.

Our faculty members teach and publish in a variety of exciting areas, including:

  • Film, Visual Culture, and Media Studies
  • Early Modern German graphic and literary studies
  • Nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century German literature
  • Austrian Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • German-Jewish Studies
  • Disability Studies
  • History of Science
  • Pedagogy

In addition to B.A.M.A., and Ph.D. degrees, we offer Study Abroad options and special courses for participants in the University's International Co-op Program. We invite students to consider a double major or a minor in German Studies. Or you can complement your German degree with a certificate in European Studies, Film and Media Studies, or Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In our international world, a degree in German Studies provides highly desirable qualifications and opens a range of additional opportunities within and beyond your chosen field.

We invite you to explore our website to learn about us, our dynamic curricula, and our extra-curricular and cultural offerings. Herzlich Willkommen!

UC’s German studies program and partner University of...

March 16, 2021

By Todd Herzog The program in German and Media Praxis at the University of Duisburg-Essen and the program in German Studies at the University of Cincinnati were awarded a competitive Germanistische Institutspartnerschaften (German Studies Departmental Partnership) grant by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) to conduct an integrated research project on the topic of literacies over the next three years. The initial grant, in the amount of 113,540 Euros, is renewable for up to nine years and will fund travel, research projects, and publications. A core team of 13 faculty and students from UC and UDE will investigate the topic of literacies from historical, cultural, theoretical, political, linguistic, and pedagogical angles. The group will present a series of lectures and papers that will focus on digital literacies, media literacies, and linguistic literacies and will be disseminated on the project’s website and through public workshops featuring noted experts in the field. The initial meetings are taking place virtually, but plans are to travel between the US and Germany when international travel resumes. The two programs have enjoyed a close relationship since 2012, partnering on an annual Transatlantic Seminar in which graduate students and faculty from both universities gather for an intensive week in which participants discuss a topic from the broad realm of literary and media studies and explore the cities in which they are meeting. A group from UC has traveled to Essen four times and a group from UDE has visited Cincinnati three times since the beginning of this partnership, which has been funded on the UC side by the Graduate School and the Taft Research Center, as well as the Department of German Studies. A planned joint seminar in conjunction with the University of Namibia in Windhoek had been planned for March 2020, but has been postponed until international travel can resume.

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