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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Recent News

Amazon Crossing

Amazon expands its literary horizons, making big imprint in translation niche. Read the full article ... Read more
Language Major

Curious about what former UW Language majors are doing in their careers?  Come listen, ask questions and get ideas! When: Thursday, May 18th, 5.30-7.... Read more
flowers at emeriti luncheon in Germanics

On Friday, March 31st, Germanics hosted an all-department luncheon in honor of our distinguished emeriti professors. Current faculty, students, and... Read more
Saint Jerome,  Caravaggio

Forthcoming: Richard T. Gray, Ghostwriting: W. G. Sebald’s Poetics of History. New Directions in German Studies. London and New York: Bloomsbury,... Read more
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