The Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies addresses the highly complex histories and cultures of German-speaking and Slavic countries. Steeped in the histories of these different literatures and cultures, our faculty members believe that studying the past helps us to understand the present and to face the challenges of our globalized world.
We offer undergraduates an opportunity to immerse themselves in the German and Russian languages and cultures -- from beginning language classes to complex literary and political subjects.
Undergraduate students in German go beyond language proficiency to explore topics such as Romanticism and the Enlightenment, psychoanalysis, Holocaust Studies, Jewish Studies, media and pop culture, German cinema, linguistics, and twentieth-century art.
Likewise, the Slavic Program is grounded in the Russian language but also examines cultures found on the threshold between Europe and Asia. From the novels of Leo Tolstoy to changing relations among countries in the region, our courses in both English and Russian cover aspects of Russian and East-Central European literature, art, film, folklore, and linguistics.