In the Heart of Europe, a World of Discovery
Study abroad programs in Berlin, Heidelberg, and Vienna offer students the experience of a lifetime.Learn more
Literature, Philosophy, Environmental Humanities
Share in the language and ideas of some of history's greatest thinkers as you prepare for boundless opportunities in education, the arts, and beyond.View Courses
An Exceptional Student Experience
A close-knit learning community in a nationally recognized program can pave the way to an exciting future.Student Stories
Why Study Germanics?
With a multitude of topics and real-world applications ranging from research and tech to education and cinema, Germanic studies go beyond the mastery of a new tongue.Explore Programs
Welcome to the Department of Germanics
Our department concentrates on the artistic and intellectual traditions of German-speaking countries and offers training in critical reading, analytical writing, and the implications of language, literature, and other media as cultural phenomena. As one of the highest ranked programs in the country, we remain at the forefront of innovating language teaching. We offer undergraduate and advanced degrees for students at the University of Washington, as well as outreach events for the surrounding community.