The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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  • About Us

    UMass Amherst has a proud tradition of research and undergraduate/graduate teaching (B.A., M.A., & PhD) in German & Scandinavian Studies. Our interdisciplinary strengths include: Black German Studies; Cultural Studies; Film Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; German-Jewish Studies; GDR & DEFA Film Studies; Holocaust Studies; Intellectual History; Medieval Studies; Minority Studies; STEM German; Theater and Performance Studies; Transnationalism; and Turkish German Studies.

  • 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, including STEM fields.

  • iSTEP: international Science Technology and Engineering Programs

    iSTEP combines students' interests in German and STEM fields. With iSTEP students can take STEM-German language courses and participate in international education opportunities.

    For more information email: istep[at]


Herzlichen Glückwunsch Constance!

April 07, 2019

Art History and German double major Constance Roberts was awarded a Fulbright grant for 2019-2020 and will teach English in Germany! Herzlichen Glückwunsch Constance!

Jamele Watkins (PhD 2017) to join University of Minnesota faculty

March 26, 2019

Congratulations to Jamele Watkins (PhD 2017) who has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch at the University of Minnesota beginning in 2020-2021!

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Florence Feiereisen
Alumni Profile

Florence Feiereisen '07 Ph.D.

Florence Feiereisen (PhD 2007) came to UMass twice: She spent the academic year 2000/2001 in Amherst as an exchange student through the Baden-Württemberg exchange and after finishing her Master’s degree at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, she returned in 2003 to work on her PhD. She joined the faculty at Middlebury College in 2007 and is currently serving as the chair of the Department of German.

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