In addition to a rigorous course of study with our innovative and acclaimed faculty, Vanderbilt Ph.D. students in German have unique opportunities to develop broad interdisciplinary expertise. A variety of departments and research centers offer courses and research opportunities that complement scholarly perspectives on German literature & culture.
departments and programs
The philosophy department offers a high concentration of faculty working in the Continental tradition. They host an annual conference on aesthetics and culture that brings to our campus many of the world’s leading scholars of aesthetic theory.
Vanderbilt University offers a similar depth of faculty resources in German history. The department of history includes a number of faculty members who publish on early modern and modern German topics, including the Reformation, German nationalism, German-Jewish history, the Weimar Republic, Nazism and the Holocaust, and German-American relations. Similarly, the department of religious studies provides historical, psychological, literary, anthropological and sociological approaches to the study of religious traditions and conflicts that have influenced the course of German history.
The program in jewish studies offers courses and guest lecture series that contribute to a deeper understanding of German intellectual and religious history.
In addition, graduate students in German can supplement their research and scholarly credentials by completing the graduate certificate program in women’s and gender studies. They may also choose to pursue the special certificate in pedagogical techniques available through the University’s center for teaching.
The University’s resources in film studies are growing rapidly, providing significant support to students interested in media studies.
Vanderbilt University’s department of history of art is currently preparing to initiate a Ph.D. Program. Proficiency in German will be a requirement of this program, and we anticipate dynamic exchanges between students and faculty in German and in the History of Art.
interdisciplinary research centers
Vanderbilt University’s interdisciplinary research centers concentrate on a variety of topics and methodological approaches and are an important component of our Ph.D. students’ intellectual training. In recent years, graduate students in the German Department have successfully applied for stipends from these interdisciplinary centers.