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German & Scandinavian Studies
Dept. of Langs., Lits., and Cultures
511 Herter Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9312
Phone: (413) 545-2350
Fax: (413) 545-6995


German & 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. in German) and undergraduate levels.  Our strengths are in literary and cultural studies, including feminist, film, Black German, German-Jewish, theater and performance, and minority studies.  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 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).