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 literary and cultural studies, including feminist, film, Black German, German-Jewish, and minority studies.
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. Close cooperation with the Goethe Institute in Boston enriches the extracurricular program and acquaints students with contemporary Germany, far beyond the literary realm.