Our department features eight German and three Scandinavian specialists, who collaborate fully in an intellectual enterprise focused on modernity. Our various sub-concentrations, which include philosophical and theoretical discourses, Holocaust- and memory-studies, film, visual culture, folk traditions and German Shakespeare Studies, represent substantive links to other departments and programs, in particular Philosophy, History, Judaic Studies, Art History, Music, English, Comparative Literature, Folklore and Cinema Studies.

With ample opportunity for study abroad, our more than 70 undergraduate majors pursue the B. A. with a focus in one of three areas: German Literature and Language; German Studies; Scandinavian. Language instruction covers German and Swedish.

Our innovative graduate curriculum is designed to provide M.A. and Ph.D. students with a firm grounding in modern (post-1750) German literature and to enable them to locate this literature within the context of modern European history and thought.

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    The Gontrum Family celebrates the 1st Peter B. Gontrum Lecture on 20th Century Germanic Arts and Letters, October 22, 2014!!

    gontrum(l-r: Jeffrey Librett (Dpt. Chair), Katie Tibbitts (Gontrum daughter), Margaret Gontrum (Peter's wife), David Gontrum (son) & Elsa Gontrum (daughter)


    German Studies at the University of Oregon
    Composed of faculty from across the Oregon campus, the German Studies Committee is an interdisciplinary collective committed to the study of theoretical and historical structures of delimitation in matters of German-speaking culture. The committee hosts an annual conference devoted to the analysis of borders, contours and framing determinations in their various theoretical, methodological and historical forms. Past symposia have dealt with such topics as philosophy’s “Continental Divide,” “Borderlines of/in Psychoanalysis,” “Abstraction and Materiality in Literature, Music and the Arts,” and “Kierkegaard and German Thought.” Our topic for spring of 2013 is "Defining the Human and the Animal."

    We are also the editorial home of KONTUREN, a new online journal focusing on questions of
    shifting borderlines in German Studies and contemporary theory.

    Click here for more information.