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An Outstanding Student Experience

Students in the Department of Germanics benefit from belonging to a small, supportive learning community with ample opportunities to engage in research, critical thinking, and special projects.

Student Success Stories

Congratulations to the Class of 2019-2020
May 23, 2020
The department congratulates all students of the graduating class of 2019-2020! Bachelor of Arts - Germanics Majors: Madeline Bonner Alexander Davis Xinhe Ding Madeleine Eakman Anastasia Sidorovich Xin Jie Yeoh Minors: Kyle Avalani Chih-Yun Lin Sarah Means Alexia Oblad Kang-Ping Peng Brooke Williams Master of Arts - Germanics Dominik Alamanni (MA in Pedagogy and Culture) Julius Rodriguez (MA in Literature... Read more
The image is from Maurice Sendak's illustration of Penthesilea.
May 21, 2020
This year-long seminar was structured around the idea that the concept of the Anthropocene challenges us to rethink our basic humanistic values: the centrality of speech for human expression, rational thought, the ability to reason and communicate, the demand for freedom, democracy, justice and human rights, and the creation of cultural expressions based on enlightenment values. Bi-weekly discussions of select readings and projects were the base for intense reflections. We also met with... Read more
Kristian Whittaker
May 21, 2020
Travel, and specifically travel within German speaking countries, has always been a cornerstone of my identity. With an Austrian mother and dual citizenship of my own, the rolling alpine meadows of Kärnten near the borders of Slovenia and Italy have provided me with more than enough nostalgia to keep me occupied during this crazy time. Memories have populated my life instead of people for these last few weeks, tinging daily monotony with shades of remembered emotion. The cold relief of swimming... Read more
Elisabeth Case
May 21, 2020
When I heard that I would no longer be studying/interning in Vienna this spring and summer due to the pandemic, I was devastated. I had begun learning German because of my triple citizenship with the United States, Austria, and the Cherokee Nation, and have always wanted to put that in practice in Vienna, where my grandmother grew up. Instead of bringing my suitcase abroad, I brought it back home.   In a time of uncertainty, empty streets, and closed doors, the days go by even more quickly than... Read more
Emma Stuart
May 21, 2020
I’ve always kept my interest for German language and culture on simmer in the background while making my way through college. Before Covid-19 was on any of our radars, I finally decided to study German abroad in Vienna for the spring, my first trip to Europe. But two weeks before departure, all study abroad programs were cancelled and then our spring quarter was moved online. I could never have foreseen that suddenly I would have to move back home either. My situation took a total 180 turn, as... Read more
matthew childs
May 21, 2020
 When I first received the news that we would be completing the year virtually, I shrugged my shoulders. As a graduate student, the prospect of spending long hours inside researching and teaching with little human contact beyond company to the nearest source of caffeine and food was neither daunting nor novel. Yet, as I came to recognize all too quickly, these circumstances affected me much more than I thought they could and, in the process, have reminded me of the importance of meaningful... Read more
Peter Lorre in M
May 8, 2020
Is compassion the foundation of human morality or a dangerously unreliable emotion? This course (German 385: The Rhetoric of Social Justice) examined the strategies and motivations in different media of fostering empathy for commonly held enemies or discriminated groups. The syllabus ran from Ancient Greece to depictions of Nazis and terrorists in modern film, and considered philosophical assessments of sympathy alongside examples of its aesthetic manufacture. Students worked together in... Read more
Student Ambassador Miah Robert
May 4, 2020
Our Student Ambassador is an undergraduate Germanics major who wants to connect with prospective and current students to share their experiences and support them with the college/major decision process. Here is our new Student Ambassador Miah Robert: "I began learning German during my freshman year of high school. I instantly fell in love with the culture and was fascinated by the vast history. I enjoyed the many challenges of the German  language and the opportunities it... Read more
Marilyn Moehlmann
April 14, 2020
Hi! I’m Marilyn, and I’m a class of 2018 alumnus of the Germanics program at UW. I wanted to write a quick update about how my life has been going for the 2 years since I left, because I feel I owe a lot to this department, as the skills I learned here have served me well. Shortly after graduating, I flew to Germany and began living in the small town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, located in the heart of the Bavarian alps. There I worked as a tour guide, learned to ski, and quickly forgot all... Read more
Rewriting Trauma
February 27, 2020
In the wake of #MeToo or #Survivor, we find ourselves confronted with a set of new imperatives: Talk about your trauma! Share your personal story! Make it known! Break the silence! Yet, while these campaigns suggest condensing individual or shared history into 240 characters, we should not forget that literature has always provided a platform for speaking the unspeakable. Writing about traumatic experiences is as old as writing itself. War and pain, loss and grief, wounds and scars, violence,... Read more