One of the leading graduate programs nationally and internationally, German Studies at Cornell offers a flexible yet rigorous course of study that draws on the expertise of faculty members from both the Department of German Studies and a variety of units in the College of Arts and Sciences and other schools (including Comparative Literature; Theater, Film, & Dance; Philosophy; History; Government; Music; and Architecture, Art & Planning). The German Studies faculty has a strong interest in cultural and intellectual history, philosophy, literary theory, gender studies, Jewish studies, visual studies, film, and music. Members of the faculty are also affiliated with the Medieval Studies Program, the Program of Jewish Studies, the Department of Music, the Department of Performing and Media Arts, the Visual Studies Program, and the Department of Comparative Literature.
Students are encouraged to pursue their academic interests by exploring a variety of disciplinary and theoretical approaches. Cornell’s unique field system, which fosters close cooperation among scholars working on related topics across departments and schools, is key to supporting our students’ cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary research in German Studies. Advanced graduate students regularly share their research-in-progress in colloquium series organized each semester by the Institute for German Cultural Studies. Students also organize yearly conferences that provide a venue for showcasing past and current work and typically draw participants from North America and Europe.