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Graduate Certificate in German Studies

What is the Graduate Certificate in German Studies?

The goal of the certificate is to provide a concise program of study that offers graduate students an in-depth introduction into key concepts and issues in German culture and contemporary German Studies.

The certificate targets students earning PhDs in other units, especially Comparative Literature, History, Slavic, Music, Political Science, and Sociology. It offers students whose research touches upon German speaking Europe a deeper understanding of German cultural and intellectual traditions, critical theory, and the humanistic ramifications of German political theory and historiography.

Students entering the Certificate Program will complement their PhD with a "minor" in German Studies and thereby actively engage in cross-disciplinary inquiry. In the process, they will gain access to the disciplinary protocols and academic networks in German Studies (publishing venues, conferences, journals), which will allow them to speak (and potentially also to teach) confidently across disciplines. The latter skills will not only benefit the students' dissertation work but also strengthen their credentials on the job market.