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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.

About German Studies

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.

The German Studies faculty has a high degree of national and international recognition as evidenced by publications, membership on executive committees in professional organizations, close cooperation with international cultural institutions (Goethe Institute), editorship of journals, participation in peer-review conferences, invited lectures, service on editorial boards, and numerous prestigious research grants.

German Studies faculty members have played a pioneering role nationally and at UF in the development of a web-based language-culture curriculum, and recently played the principal role in obtaining a major grant for the development of “A Model Immersive Cultural Learning Environment,” which represents a major accomplishment for web-based initiatives in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

German Studies will continue to develop its interdisciplinary work in teaching and research, and to explore innovative ways of employing new technologies and media both to reach a broader spectrum of students and to embellish language-culture learning.

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.

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