Graduate Program

Georgetown offers a rigorous academic program that responds to the broadining career goals of today's graduate students. We are committed to preparing PhD and MA students for the highest levels of scholarship in research and teaching and for a range of career paths in academia and other professional contexts. (Please see our alumni profiles for additional information.) The PhD program in German at Georgetown is thus ideally positioned to respond to challenges in the profession and to the changing role of the humanities. Many of our program features reflect the recommendations of the 2014 MLA report on Doctoral Study

Drawing on the broad range of expertise of the faculty at Georgetown, the graduate program provides an excellent foundation of German literature and culture from the 18th century to the present and fosters critical and interdisciplinary approaches to more specialized areas of inquiry, including: contemporary literature and culture, issues of gender and sexuality, intersections of religious and literary traditions, curriculum development, and literacy studies.

All students, irrespective of their area of concentration, receive extensive preparation for teaching and are involved in various aspects of curriculum development and assessment. We consider these aspects to be part of the intellectual core of graduate education. Our alumni survey confirms that students benefit greatly from participation in these collaborative projects that bring together faculty and graduate students. Students who plan to pursue research in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) also benefit from the SLA concentration across several departments at Georgetown.

Our commitment to individual mentoring and to generous year-round support makes completion of the PhD in five years not only highly desirable but also financially and academically feasible.

Other program features include: attention to non-native speakers in attaining high levels of ability in German; graduate exchanges with the Universities of Trier and Dresden; and generous assistance for students in presenting work at conferences.

Located in the nation’s capital, Georgetown’s graduate program benefits from a range of cultural institutions and events (e.g., the Goethe Institut; German, Austrian, and Swiss Embassies; German Historical Institute; The Smithsonian; Holocaust Museum).

In addition to the MA and PhD degrees in German the Department offers, with the BMW Center for German and European Studies, the joint MAGES/PhD in German.