We are a community of students, teachers, and scholars devoted to the cross-disciplinary study of language, literature, and culture within a transnational framework. We strongly believe the best academic work is produced in an environment that fosters cooperation and the pleasure of discovery.
Our programs include courses in German and English on subjects ranging from medieval to contemporary literature and from film and visual culture to philosophy, music, and postcolonial studies. You will also find other opportunities for learning and collaboration, including lectures, workshops, conferences, and film series that we sponsor in conjunction with other departments on a regular basis.
Among our many resources, the department is home to New German Critique, a leading journal that is devoted to publishing research on German culture in the 20th and 21st centuries, along with Signale, a book series for English-language scholarship on the literature, culture, criticism, and intellectual history of the German-speaking world.
German Studies News
"The Society for the Humanities thought there is no better way to kick off the year of Repair, than to begin at home."Read More
Ariana Croese is majoring in Italian & German Studies.Read More
Congratulations to Dr. Hannah Miller (Ph.D. in German Studies, 2017) on the recent publication of her first book, The Politics of Fandom. Conflicts That Divide Communities (McFarland, 2022).Read More
On Cornell’s eighth Giving Day, held March 16, 15,905 alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends from more than 80 countries made gifts totaling a record-breaking $12,268,629.Read More