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.

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Upcoming German Movie Nights!

March 24, 2023

Join us for two upcoming German Movie Nights! Come by to watch popular German films and eat free pizza....

Watch: Ela Gezen at the American Academy in Berlin

March 20, 2023

On March 16, 2023, Professor Ela Gezen gave a lecture about Turkish Artistic Practices in West Berlin at the American Academy in Berlin. This was a hybrid event, and the recording of her lecture is...

Student Project Competition: Borders and Barriers in the Past and Present

March 13, 2023

The Berlin Wall: Borders and Barriers in the Past and Present...

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German Movie Night: Honig im Kopf

Herter Hall 227
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


The Berlin Wall Project Brainstorming

206 Herter Hll
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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Alumni Profile

Franziska Bright '21

Franziska graduated with dual degrees in Biology and German in 2021 and has since moved to France to continue her studies with a Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the school EHESP.

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