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German and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is proud of our tradition as a distinguished center of research and teaching at the graduate (M.A. and Ph.D.) and undergraduate 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, German-Jewish Studies, Holocaust Studies, GDR Studies, and Cultural History. We have also maintained our historic and linguistic depth in medieval studies and Germanic philology. We are home to the DEFA Film Library, a research center focusing on film related to East Germany.  Our resources are enhanced by the Five Colleges, the Yiddish Book Center, and exchange programs with the universities in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and Austria.  We offer instruction in German, Swedish, Yiddish, Middle High German, and Old Norse. 

Our graduates include many prominent scholars and teachers worldwide (click here for a list of recent placements and here for recent dissertations).