• About Us

    German & Scandinavian Studies at the UMass Amherst is proud of our tradition as a distinguished center of research and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our strengths are in interdisciplinary literary and cultural studies, including Film Studies, Turkish German Studies, Theater and Performance Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Black German Studies, Minority Studies, Transnationalism, Medieval Studies, Jewish and Holocaust Studies, GDR Studies, and Cultural History. 

  • Major in German

    Our undergraduate program is structured to set the study of the Germanic languages and their literatures within the contexts of their respective cultures, including their historical, economic, political, philosophical, and cultural aspects. Strong interdisciplinary ties with other departments are encouraged.


Professor Barton Byg receives the Bundesverdienstkreuz

April 28, 2017

On Friday April 28, 2017 Professor Barton Byg, founding director of the Defa Film Library, received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany from Dr. Ralf Horlemann, Germany's Consul...

Maureen Gallagher (PhD 2015) Awarded Dissertation Prize

September 17, 2016

The 2016 Women in German dissertation prize was awarded to Maureen Gallagher (PhD 2015) for her dissertation "Young Germans in the World: Race, Gender, and Imperialism in Wilhelmine Young Adult...

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Engage with the cultures you're learning about by travelling to their source. Immerse yourself with native speakers to grow your confidence. 

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Apply now for Thatcher Language & Culture Housing!

The Thatcher Language & Culture House is an immersive living & learning community with both academic and social components. Being part of this diverse and vibrant community helps students increase their cultural and language competency while building strong and meaningful connections with their peers and instructors.

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