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Graduate Studies

The graduate program in the Department of German and Scandinavian offers both the M.A. and the Ph.D. degree.

The graduate curriculum puts a primary focus on modernity since the Enlightenment. Our course offerings place German-language literary and cultural history in a European context, and provide tools for a critical analysis of the literary, theoretical, and cinematic discourses involved. The program fosters excellence in the areas encompassed by the curriculum, and encourages comparative, theoretically oriented work. The links of the program to other departments and programs is strong, with ties to Comparative Literature, Philosophy, History, Judaic Studies, Art History, Music, English, Folklore, and Cinema Studies.

Some of the particular research interests among the graduate faculty in our department include modern and contemporary Austrian literature, psychoanalysis, film studies, Jewish studies, philosophy and critical thought, folk traditions, and visual culture. The members of our faculty are committed to genuine collaboration in offering a well-balanced curriculum, and as such each faculty member is routinely teaching across a range of periods, genres, and themes. This affords graduate students the opportunity to learn about a given author, genre, or period from a variety of different perspectives over the time in which they are completing their coursework.

The relatively compact size of our graduate cohort enables us to mentor students individually and with care. We are committed to ensuring that every one of our graduate students, whether pursuing the M.A. or the Ph.D., receives support and guidance to help them reach their goals.

Martin Klebes, Director of German Graduate Studies, sits down with Webmaster Aliya Hall to answer common questions about the German Graduate Program at the University of Oregon.

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