German is a West Germanic language, thus related to and classified alongside English and Dutch. It is one of the world’s major languages and the most widely spoken mother tongue in the European Union. Around the world, German is spoken by approximately 105 million native speakers and also by about 80 million non-native speakers.
The Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in German Studies provide students with a rigorous training in the German language, and with a solid and broad knowledge of German literary and cultural history. This includes film and media studies as well as the theoretical foundations of the studies of literature, intellectual history, critical theory, media, and visual studies. German Studies faculty members are very committed to interdisciplinary work with other units at UF.
In keeping with the mission of a research university, the Graduate Program in German Studies trains and prepares future scholars and teachers of German Studies for careers in higher education. In Spring 2009, the MA program in German Studies has been particularly successful placing graduate students in prestigious PhD programs. Our MA students continue in PhD programs at institutions such as Stanford University, Cornell University, and the University of Pittsburgh.
German Studies has a new B1/B2 Intensive German Program in Mannheim, Germany, and students participating in the Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) in Mannheim program also have the opportunity to take German.
In 2009 German Studies at UF is one of twenty-nine German programs at top universities in the United States selected by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to participate in a nationwide commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.For more information on the related events, go to the Fall of the Wall web page.
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