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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

Anna Malin Gerke
October 29, 2020
I moved to Seattle to begin a one-year teaching program in the Germanics Department at the University of Washington in the autumn of 2019. As an exchange instructor from Germany, I was very excited by the opportunity to teach American students about my mother tongue and the German culture. That excitement has been borne out. I have had so many wonderful students in my classes that are curious, hard-working and open to learning German. Teaching is my passion, and that did not change during the... Read more
Brehms Tierleben
October 27, 2020
In addition to language instruction at UW this quarter, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to design and teach a new upper-level course for German majors at the University of Puget Sound entitled: “The Lives of Animals”. From ancient cave paintings in France to Voyager’s interstellar whale song, many of our greatest achievements in the arts and sciences have involved representations of non-human animals. The course offered students the chance to collectively explore how, why, and for whom... Read more
Teaching German in Prison
October 15, 2020
In September 2019 the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound (FEPPS), a nonprofit organization designed to offer college courses to students at Washington Correction Center for Women (WCCW), was looking for instructors to teach a German 121 course in their program. We volunteered. Since the Department of Corrections was prohibited by law to offer and pay for a program of higher education for incarcerated people serving a sentence of more than seven years, FEPPS (privately funded) with students... Read more
Alum Alex Estes, BA 2013
October 7, 2020
After graduating with my BA in German in 2013, I immediately began my graduate studies in the German department at UC Berkeley. Having worked closely with Chuck Barrack and Joe Voyles at UW, I was well prepared to continue studying the history of the Germanic languages. I spent five great years in Berkeley, where I had the opportunity to teach German for three years, present at conferences, travel abroad to study medieval manuscripts, and enjoy the wonderful Bay Area weather. Although my... Read more
Heiner Müller, Georg Büchner: The Task/Danton's Death
September 21, 2020
Incoming Freshmen in Early Fall Start studied Revolutions and their Art (Aug-Sept 2020).  Students were located across the world in this remote learning course taught by Germanics professor, Ellwood Wiggins. In class, they discussed representations of revolutions from the 18th century to today, including the American Revolution (Hamilton: a Broadway musical in which people... Read more
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