German Graduate Program
Graduate Study Abroad

German Graduate ProgramOur graduate program offers one-year graduate exchanges with Christian - Albrechts - Universität in Kiel and Philipps- Universität in Marburg.

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German Graduate Program

Our department offers an innovative graduate program in German that combines modern cultural studies with a state-of-the-art applied linguistics curriculum. The department's interdisciplinary approach allows students to combine cultural history with a solid grounding in linguistics and applied linguistics. We pride ourselves on mentoring graduate students through careful supervision of teaching assistants to advice on grant proposals, publications and preparation for the job market. Recent graduates have obtained tenure-track or other permanent academic positions with institutions such as the University of Buffalo, the University of Jena, the University of Iowa, the University of Southern California, Carleton College, Haverford College, and Wofford College, or have secured employment with the US Federal Government.

Ph.D. Program Features

Two Ph.D. Tracks

Graduate students select to study either Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, or Literature and Culture.  All graduate students teach German language courses and also have the opportunity to each in their specific field.  More information on the Ph.D. tracks can be found here.

Dual-Title Ph.D. Programs

Graduate students in the Literature and Culture track can participate in Penn State's all-new dual-title doctoral degree in Visual Studies.  Graduate students in the Linguistics and Applied Linguistics track can participate in Penn State's dual-title doctoral degree in Language Science.

Study and Research in Germany

Every Ph.D. student has the opportunity to spend time in Germany through our exchange programs.  These include programs with the Universities of Kiel and Marburg.

About Our Graduate Students

Our graduate students are talented and dedicated scholars, and excellent classroom teachers.  They are about evenly divided between literature and linguistics tracks.  All graduate students have the opportunity to receive university, college, and departmental support for research and travel to conferences.


The department also offers a M.A. degree in German, which is designed to offer students a general foundation in German culture, language, linguistics, and literature.


If you have any questions, please contact Dr. , Director of Graduate Studies.