German M.A. Program

Graduate students pursuing the M.A. program World Languages with a concentration in German take a variety of courses in preparation for the comprehensive M.A. exam, e.g., the history and theory of literary genres, representative authors of the chief historical periods, and thematic approaches to literature such as Faust, the modern city, literature and film, or the Holocaust. In addition to the course offerings of the German program, students have options in pursuing individual interests in comparative literature, history, literary translation, art history, gender studies, or pedagogy. Students may also wish to take classes in Business German or become certified in community college teaching.

All of our M.A. programs have a strong records of placing their graduates in quality Ph.D. programs across the country, and in teaching positions in community colleges and universities.


The M.A. program provides a solid preparation for students who intend to go on for the Ph.D., enabling them to compete successfully at highly prestigious schools. Its comprehensive curriculum also provides a sound base for career opportunities in education, government, and in a corporate environment.

A low student-faculty ratio allows our dedicated, professionally-active faculty to offer students support and mentoring. The German Club, the German film series, and the weekly Stammtisch add to the congenial atmosphere and cultural enrichment of the program.

The program requires either an oral interview or a tape of the candidate's spoken German. Teaching Assistantships are also available - find out more about being a TA here.

For more info on the German M.A. program, contact the graduate advisor and TA coordinator, Dr. Brett Sterling. If you're interested in applying, download the German MA Materials checklist for a quick list of everything you need.

GERM 5123. The German Novella (Irregular). 3 Hours.
An intensive study of the novella as a genre from its origin to the present. Prerequisite: GERM 3013.

GERM 5133. The German Drama (Irregular). 3 Hours.
A study of the development of the forms and themes of the German drama from the middle ages to the present. Prerequisite: GERM 3013.

GERM 5143. German Lyric Poetry (Irregular). 3 Hours.
A study of the forms and themes of German lyric poetry from the middle ages to the present. Prerequisite: GERM 3013.This course is cross-listed with GERM 4143.

GERM 5223. Early German Literature: Middle Ages to the Enlightenment (Irregular). 3 Hours.

GERM 5273. German Literature: Enlightenment, Storm and Stress, and Classicism (Irregular). 3 Hours.

GERM 5343. Early Modern German Literature: Late 19th and Early 20th Century (Irregular). 3 Hours.

GERM 5363. German Literature after 1945 (Irregular). 3 Hours.

GERM 5703. Special Topics (Irregular). 3 Hours.May be offered in a subject not specifically covered by the courses otherwise listed. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

How to apply to the German M.A. Program

First and foremost, you need to apply through the Graduate School website in order to get enrolled in one of our Master of Arts language programs.

If you're interested in applying for a Teaching Assistantship, please use our application form here and the appropriate graduate advisor will contact you.