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An Outstanding Student Experience

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

Student Success Stories

matthew childs
May 9, 2022
It was a warm September day in 2016 when I was walking with a group of international students along cobblestoned streets discussing the trials and tribulations of finding the best coffee place in town when we turned a corner and came upon a sizeable group of people gathered around an (in my mind) absurdly long table. Before I was able to inquire as to the nature of the gathering, a remarkable sound grew steadily in volume and intensity, drawing the eyes of all observers to a balcony set into... Read more
class of 2021-2022
May 9, 2022
The department congratulates all students of the graduating class of 2021-2022! Bachelor of Arts -... Read more
Call for Submissions
May 5, 2022
On April 2-3, 2022, the inaugural German Studies Undergraduate Research Showcase (#GSURS2022), took place. The event, which was first proposed by Dr. Ervin Malakaj of the University of British Columbia, was co-hosted by the German programs of the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, and the University of Washington Seattle. 21 stellar presentations and 3 plenary sessions (including a keynote by our own Dr. Kye Terrasi) celebrated the exciting undergraduate work in German... Read more
Fantastic Fungi
May 4, 2022
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. In close consultation with the seminar participants, we examined issues such as global migration, climate change,... Read more
Japhet Johnstone
October 20, 2021
When I started working at Freie Universität Berlin in 2019, I was tasked with setting up a translation office that could provide language services for the entire university. That was quite a tall order, but things quickly got rolling during my first year in the new position: We implemented a translation software package to manage projects. I was able to advertise two positions for staff translators. Requests for translations were coming in from all corners of the university. Then, the pandemic... Read more
German Club
October 13, 2021
The University of Washington’s German Club is organizing weekly meetups (Stammtisch) for students to hang out, practice their language skills, and play some German board games. Recently, they facilitated a ‘Study Slam’ to help prepare 100 and 200 level language students for their final exams.  German Club will continue to meet for Stammtisch every Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30pm, starting the second week of the autumn quarter 2021 at Denny Hall, Room 359. Come and join... Read more
PaROCKtikum
September 22, 2021
Looking for some good German tunes to practice your language skills while rocking out?  Check out these playlists from students in German 307 (spring 2021)!  Warning: you're likely to catch an Ohrwurm! In this conversation and translation course, we practiced German by listening to and talking about music. Much of the course material was chosen by students, as they discovered and shared German songs... Read more
Hear Our Voice
September 22, 2021
Incoming Freshmen in Early Fall Start studied Revolutions and their Art (Aug-Sept 2021).  Students were located across the world in this remote learning course taught by German Studies professor, Ellwood Wiggins. In class, they discussed representations of revolutions from antiquity to today, including the American Revolution (Hamilton: a... Read more
sabine wilke
May 20, 2021
Convocation Program Thursday, June 10, 2021 3:00 p.m. Online Meeting Link   Welcome Professor Sabine WilkeDepartment Chair Graduation Address Elena SimmsDeputy Consul of Germany, SF Consulate General   Graduation of Class of 2021 Professor Jason Groves   Graduation of MAs and PhDs Professor Ellwood... Read more
aaron Carpenter
May 18, 2021
This academic year was one of milestones. In March, I successfully completed my Ph.D. exams and defended my prospectus. I am now starting the hard part of writing the first chapter of my dissertation, which examines how authors from former Yugoslavia use foreign words when writing in German about the traumatic experiences of their communities, to give a voice to those communities who had previously been ignored by those in power. I am excited to continue working with Prof. Jason Groves on this... Read more
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