Welcome to the Department of Germanics

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.

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How do you understand courage and consciousness?

In times of "alternative facts", rising separatism, and democracies in crisis, UW graduate students join together for a fast-paced evening of... Read more
Ana Knauf

Ana Sofia here. I graduated with a Germanics minor and Journalism major in 2013.  Since graduating, I have written for a number of local news... Read more
Peter Lorre in M (dir. Fritz Lang, Germany, 1931)

Sympathy for the Devil: The Rhetoric of Compassion (German 390), Team Learning Projects, 2016 Is compassion the foundation of human morality... Read more
Kristina Pilz

BlackWhite — Experiences and Writing Practices in Contemporary Afro-German Literature               I am excited to continue working on my... Read more