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Located in Washington, D.C. at the intersection of transatlantic political and cultural crosscurrents, Georgetown University offers a uniquely diverse, interdisciplinary context for studying German language, literature, and culture. The German Department is part of Georgetown’s Faculty of Languages and Linguistics (FLL).

Faculty members in the German Department are engaged in a range of research projects, many of which address cross-disciplinary issues, such as gender and performance, notions of belonging and Heimat, religion and literature, cultural negotiations of economic concepts, globalization, and the role of multiple literacies in Second Language Acquisition. A special feature of this research is the high level of internal collaboration, not only among faculty members but also among faculty and students. The Department is also proud to host an annual Max Kade professor from a German-speaking country (alternating between a scholar and a writer-in-residence).

The Department is known for its excellent graduate and undergraduate programs. 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 a MA and PhD in German and, with the BMW Center for German and European Studies, the joint MAGES/PhD in German.


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.

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