Our department features seven German and two 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 not only German but also Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Finnish.
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.
The Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Oregon Bach Festival (Eugene) are among the natural and cultural amenities that make the University of Oregon an agreeable setting in which to study the literatures and languages of the German-speaking and Nordic countries.