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Welcome to the website of the MSU German Studies program! The German faculty embrace an inclusive model of German Studies that integrates the study of language, literature, and culture at all levels. We offer degrees at all levels: the undergraduate major and minor, the MA and the PhD.

Building on a tradition reaching back over 50 years, the German program has distinguished itself with its responsiveness to the changing face of German Studies in the US. The MSU German faculty is nationally recognized for contributions in the fields of literary, cultural, linguistic, and pedagogical scholarship. In 2013, our program was recognized as an AATG German Center of Excellence for its innovative approach to both undergraduate and graduate curricula.

Visit our undergraduate and graduate program pages for details on offerings. And whether you are a current or prospective student, a resident of mid-Michigan or a virtual visitor, join our community of students and scholars to share and learn about things German.

 A Year In Review

Contemporary German Literature: Live!

In fall 2016, the German Program hosted two contemporary German authors: Ulrich Peltzer and Kerstin Hensel. Several events, linked to undergraduate and graduate courses on storytelling and identity, featured readings by the authors of their past and current works. These events offered insights into the craft of writing and gave students and faculty a unique opportunity to talk with the authors about how literature engages with history and contemporary politics. 

Ulrich Peltzer                                                                 Kerstin Hensel


Graphic Narratives Symposium Sponsored by German Studies

The German Program-sponsored symposium “Drawing Lives, Writing Worlds”, on April 14-15, 2017, explored how graphic narratives – from comics and graphic novels to animation and film – have a unique ability to tell stories across cultures, generations, and languages. The symposium, organized by Profs. Liz Mittman and Lynn Wolff, brought together several strands of research, teaching, and creative energy among faculty, students, and artists, who presented in multiple formats, such as poster presentations and lightning talks. At the introductory panel, representatives from the College of Arts and Letters, the School of Journalism and MSU Media Sandbox, the MSU Libraries, and the University of Michigan’s Transnational Comics Studies Workshop talked about a wide variety of comics-related projects and resources. A highlight for all participants were the two keynote talks and live drawing demonstrations by two of Germany’s most outstanding graphic artists Reinhard Kleist from Berlin and Line Hoven from Hamburg. The success of this symposium is a good sign for the future of cross-college initiatives in Comics Studies at MSU and collaborative work that is already underway on campus. Faculty in German, Japanese, and French and Francophone Studies are currently developing the Graphic Narratives Network, a multilingual and multinational research endeavor, with the aim of highlighting the MSU Libraries’ Comic Art Collection and increasing MSU’s visibility in the exciting field of text-image studies.

Reinhard Kleist’s presentation

Line Hoven in discussion with students during poster session

Drop in for weekly offerings:

Tuesdays at 7 pm:
Filmabend in Wells Hall

Wednesdays at 7:30 pm:
Kaffeestunde at Espresso
Royale on Grand River Ave.


In the Spotlight

Sophia Cheng

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Internship Opportunities for Students in the German Program