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Graduate Program


The Graduate Program in German Studies at Vanderbilt University prepares a select group of highly qualified students for a career in their profession. Our PhD candidates graduate with a broad foundation of skills and knowledge that helps them succeed as scholars, teachers, and areas outside of the academy.

Graduate students in our program can expect to attain expertise in German literature, culture, and media. In addition to hands-on training in teaching, grant proposal writing, and assembling application portfolios, we offer a plethora of workshops on professionalization (on research, scholarship, job interviews, alt-ed professions, etc.) and collaborate with a variety of interdisciplinary research centers such as the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies, the Center of Second Language Studies, the Cinema and Media Arts Program, the Center for Teaching, and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities to provide students with a broad understanding of historical backgrounds, cultural developments, artistic practices, theoretical approaches, and practical use to media. A dedicated and distinguished faculty helps students to develop their individual talents and to discover their intellectual potential.

We offer a wide variety of courses beyond major authors, directors, movements, genres, and periods that include the relationship of literature and philosophy, music, and science as well as the interaction of multiple forms of media. Our courses include topics on German cinema and media arts; avant-garde movements; war and culture; the idea of collecting; the concept of nature; criticism and philosophy; women and modernity as well as individual authors and thinkers (for example Kleist, Büchner, Nietzsche and Benjamin).