Welcome to Georgetown’s Department of German!

This fall semester, the Department of German will begin to transition back to in-person education. While some courses will continue to be taught in hybrid mode or fully online, we are happy to offer upper-level and graduate courses in person, following all public health guidelines outlined in the University’s response to COVID-19. The Department’s administrative office has reopened.

If you want to contact the Department, please email german@georgetown.edu (new window).

For general matters and undergraduate concerns, please contact Prof. Peter C. Pfeiffer, Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies, at peter.pfeiffer@georgetown.edu (new window).

For MA and PhD studies, please contact Prof. Marianna Ryshina-Pankova at ryshinam@georgetown.edu (new window).

General information about Georgetown University’s response to the coronavirus is available at www.georgetown.edu/coronavirus (new window).

Located in Washington, DC, at the intersection of transatlantic political and cultural crosscurrents, Georgetown University offers a uniquely diverse, interdisciplinary context for studying German language, literature, and culture.

Our department’s mission comes alive in our excellent graduate and undergraduate programs. We are also committed to incorporating diversity at all levels of our curriculum.

At the undergraduate level, our internationally recognized curriculum helps students to become competent and culturally literate users of German while pursuing a German major or minor.

At the graduate level, we offer a challenging yet supportive environment for pursuing an MA or PhD in German and, with the BMW Center for German and European Studies, the joint MAGES/PhD program.

Faculty members in the German Department are engaged in a range of research projects and topics, many of which address cross-disciplinary issues, such as gender and performance, notions of belonging and Heimat, visual culture and digital humanities, cultural negotiations of economic concepts, globalization, and the role of multiple literacies in Second Language Acquisition.

The Department is also proud to foster intellectual life outside the classroom by inviting speakers and hosting an annual Max Kade professor from a German-speaking country, alternating between a scholar and a writer-in-residence.

If you would like to receive information on events and activities related to the study of German language and literature, we invite you to subscribe to the department’s email list by sending your request to german@georgetown.edu.

Upcoming Events

All Upcoming Events

German Department Conversation Hour Nov. 3

  • 5:00 pm
  • Konrad’s Corner, across from ICC 467

German Department Conversation Hour Nov. 10

  • 5:00 pm
  • Konrad’s Corner, across from ICC 467

German Department Conversation Hour Nov. 17

  • 5:00 pm
  • Konrad’s Corner, across from ICC 467

German Department Conversation Hour Dec. 1

  • 5:00 pm
  • Konrad’s Corner, across from ICC 467


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