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German Studies

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Office: Building 260, Room 119
Mail Code: 94305-2030
Phone: (650) 723-3266
Email: germanstudies@stanford.edu
Web Site: http://germanstudies.stanford.edu

Courses offered by the Department of German Studies are listed on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site under the subject code GERMAN. For courses in German language instruction with the subject code GERLANG, see the “Language Center” section of this bulletin.

The department provides students with the linguistic and analytic ability to explore the significance of the cultural traditions and political histories of the German-speaking countries of Central Europe. At the same time, the interdisciplinary study of German culture, which can include art, economics, history, literature, media theory, philosophy, political science, and other fields, encourages students to evaluate broader and contradictory legacies of the German past, the history of rapid modernization and the status of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland today.

The German experience of national identity, political unification, and integration into the European Union sheds light on wider issues of cultural cohesion and difference, as well as on the causes and meaning of phenomena such as racial prejudice, anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust. In general, an education in German Studies not only encourages the student to consider the impact of German-speaking thinkers and artists, but also provides a lens through which the contours of the present and past, in Europe and elsewhere, can be evaluated.

The department offers students the opportunity to pursue course work at all levels in the languages, cultures, literatures, and societies of the German-language traditions. Whether interested in German literature, the influence of German philosophy on other fields in the humanities, or the character of German society and politics, students find a broad range of courses covering language acquisition and refinement, literary history and criticism, cultural history and theory, history of thought, continental philosophy, and linguistics.

By carefully planning their programs, students may fulfill the B.A. requirements for a double major in German Studies and another subject. A coterminal program is offered for the B.A. and M.A. degrees in German Studies. Doctoral students may elect Ph.D. minors in Comparative Literature, Humanities, Linguistics, and Modern Thought and Literature.

Special collections and facilities at Stanford offer possibilities for extensive research in German Studies and related fields pertaining to Central Europe. Facilities include the Stanford University Libraries and the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace. Special collections include the Hildebrand Collection (texts and early editions from the 16th to the 19th century), the Austrian Collection (with emphasis on source material to the time of Maria Theresa and Joseph II, the Napoleonic wars, and the Revolution of 1848), and the Stanford Collection of German, Austrian, and Swiss Culture. New collections emphasize culture and cultural politics in the former German Democratic Republic. The Hoover Institution has a unique collection of historical and political documents pertaining to Germany and Central Europe from 1870 to the present. The department also has its own reference library.

Haus Mitteleuropa, the German theme house at 620 Mayfield, is an undergraduate residence devoted to developing an awareness of the culture of Central Europe. A number of department courses are regularly taught at the house, and there are in-house seminars and conversation courses. Assignment is made through the regular undergraduate housing draw.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in German Studies

The mission of the undergraduate program in German Studies is to provide students with the German language skills, the ability to interpret literature and other cultural material, and the capacity to analyze the societies of the German-speaking countries of Central Europe. In addition, its interdisciplinary component prepares students to understand other cultures from the perspectives of multiple disciplines. The program prepares students for careers in business, social service, and government, and for graduate work in German Studies.

Learning Outcomes (Undergraduate)

The department expects undergraduate majors in the program to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. These learning outcomes are used in evaluating students and the department's undergraduate program. Students are expected to demonstrate:

  1. oral proficiency in German beyond the interpersonal level with presentational language abilities.
  2. writing proficiency in German beyond the interpersonal level with presentational language abilities.
  3. close reading skills of authentic texts in German.
  4. the ability to develop effective and nuanced lines of interpretation.

Graduate Programs in German Studies

The University requirements for the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees are described in the "Graduate Degrees" section of this bulletin.

Learning Outcomes (Graduate)

The purpose of the master's program is to further develop knowledge and skills in German Studies and to prepare students for a professional career or doctoral studies. This is achieved through completion of courses, in the primary field as well as related areas, and experience with independent work and specialization.

The Ph.D. is conferred upon candidates who have demonstrated substantial scholarship and the ability to conduct independent research and analysis in German Studies. Through completion of advanced course work and rigorous skills training, the doctoral program prepares students to make original contributions to the knowledge of German Studies and to pursue career tracks in higher education and in other sectors.

German Studies and a Minor Field

Students may work toward a Ph.D. in German Studies with minors in such areas as Comparative Literature, History, Humanities, Linguistics,  or Modern Thought and Literature. Students obtaining a Ph.D. in such combinations may require additional training.

Bachelor of Arts in German Studies

Majors must demonstrate basic language skills, either by completing GERLANG 1,2,3, First-Year German, or the equivalent such as an appropriate course of study at the Stanford in Berlin Center. Students also enroll in intermediate and advanced courses on literature, culture, thought, or language. A maximum of 10 Advance Placement (AP) units may be counted towards the major with the approval of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies. No more than ten units may be taken on a credit/no credit basis. Courses listed below are highly recommended. Substitutes are permitted with the approval of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies. Students can combine a major in German Studies with a major in any other field. Relevant courses in other fields can count towards the German Studies major.

Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of 60 units. Units earned towards the Bachelor of Arts in German Studies with Honors degree may be applied to the 60 unit total.
  2. Completion of three GERMAN courses at the 120-level or approved substitutes.
    GERMAN 1243
    GERMAN 1263-5
    GERMAN 127Modernity, Memory, Mourning: 20th Century German Short Fiction3-5
  3. Completion of German Studies Core series:
    GERMAN 131
    GERMAN 132
    GERMAN 133
  4. Senior Capstone Project:
    GERMAN 1911

  5. Students must take the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) two quarters prior to degree conferral. Students should contact the Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer for the major to begin the process.

  6. Remaining units should be completed through elective courses approved in consultation with the Chair of Undergraduate Studies. Structured Liberal Education courses and all courses taken at the Berlin Overseas campus may count toward the major electives. Thinking Matters courses          approved by the Chair of Undergraduate Studies may also be counted toward the electives. Subject to approval by the Chair of Undergraduate Studies, courses from other fields may count if they contribute to the student's language skills, the ability to interpret literature and other cultural material, or the capacity to analyze societies.

German and Philosophy

The German and Philosophy major option offers students the opportunity to combine studies in literature and philosophy.  Students take most of their courses from departments specializing in the intersection of literature and philosophy.  This option is not declared in Axess; it does not appear on the transcript or diploma.  This option requires a minimum of 16 courses, for a minimum total of 65 units.

Degree Requirements

German Studies:

  1. Completion of two GERMAN courses at the 120-level or approved substitutes:
GERMAN 1243
GERMAN 1263-5
GERMAN 127Modernity, Memory, Mourning: 20th Century German Short Fiction3-5

2 .Completion of three GERMAN courses at the 130-level or approved substitutes:

GERMAN 131
GERMAN 132
GERMAN 133

3. German Studies Senior Capstone Project:

GERMAN 1911
  1. Students must take the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) two quarters prior to degree conferral. Students should contact the Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer for the major to begin the process.

Philosophy:

  1. PHIL 80
  2. GERMAN 181
  3. Aesthetics, Ethics, Political Philosophy: one course from PHIL 170 series.
  4. Language, Mind Metaphysics, and Epistemology: one course from PHIL 180 series.
  5. History of Philosophy: one course in the history of Philosophy, numbered above PHIL 100.
  6. Two additional elective courses of special relevance to the study of philosophy and literature as identified by the committee in charge of the program. Students must consult with their advisers, the Chair of Undergraduate Studies, and the undergraduate adviser of the program in philosophical and literary thought.
  7. Capstone: One of the courses must be taken in the student’s senior year. When choosing courses, students must consult with their advisers, the Chair of Undergraduate Studies, and the undergraduate adviser of the program in philosophical and literary thought:
    COMPLIT 2173-5
    FRENCH 228E3-5
    PHIL 193D5
    PHIL 194L4

Units devoted to meeting the department’s language requirement are not counted toward the 65-unit requirement.

The capstone seminar and the two related courses must be approved by both the German Studies Chair of Undergraduate Studies and the undergraduate adviser of the program in philosophical and literary thought administered through the DLCL. Substitutions, including transfer credit, are not normally permitted for items 3b, 3c, and 3d, and are not permitted under any circumstances for items 2, 3a, and 5. Up to 10 units taken in the Philosophy Department may be taken CR/NC or S/NC; the remainder must be taken for a letter grade.

Honors

German majors with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or above, and who maintain a 3.5 (GPA) in major courses, are eligible to participate in the DLCL's honors program. Prospective honors students must choose a senior thesis adviser from among their home department's regular faculty, in their junior year, preferably by March 1, but no later than May 1. During Spring Quarter of the junior year, a student interested in the honors program should consult with the Chair of Undergraduate Studies of their home department to submit a thesis proposal (2-5 pages), DLCL Honors application and an outline of planned course work for their senior year.

Honors papers vary considerably in length as a function of their topic, historical scope, and methodology. They may make use of previous work developed in seminars and courses, but display an enhanced comparative or theoretical scope. Quality rather than quantity is the key criterion. Honors theses range from 40-90 pages not including bibliography and notes. Please consult the DLCL Honors Handbook for more details on declaring and completing the honors thesis.

Honors students are encouraged to participate in the honors college hosted by Bing Honors College and coordinated by the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages. The honors college is offered at the end of the summer, during the weeks directly preceding the start of the academic year, and is designed to help students develop their honors thesis projects. Applications must be submitted through the Bing program. For more information, view the Bing Honors website.

Enrollment: A minimum of 10 units total, described below, and a completed thesis is required. Honors essays are due to the thesis adviser no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 15th of the terminal year. If an essay is found deserving of a grade of 'A-' of better by the thesis adviser, honors are granted at the time of graduation.

  1. Spring Quarter of the junior year (optional) DLCL 189C Honors Thesis Seminar (2-4 units S/NC) under the primary thesis adviser. Drafting or revision of the thesis proposal. The proposal is reviewed by the Chair of Undergraduate Studies and the Director of the department and will be approved or returned for submission.
  2. Autumn Quarter of the senior year (required) DLCL 189A (4 units S/NC) taught by a DLCL appointed faculty member. Course will focus on researching and writing the honors thesis.
  3. Winter Quarter of the senior year (required) DLCL 189B Honors Thesis Seminar (2-4 units Letter grade) under the primary thesis adviser. Focus will be on writing under guidance of primary adviser. The letter grade will determine if honors is granted or not.
  4. Spring Quarter of the senior year (option; mandatory if not taken during junior year) DLCL 189C Honors Thesis Seminar (2-4 units S/NC) under the primary thesis adviser. Honors essays are due to the thesis adviser and Student Service Officer no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 15th of the terminal year.
  5. Spring Quarter of the senior year (required) DLCL 199 (1 unit S/NC). Enroll with primary thesis adviser.

Overseas Studies and Internships in German Studies

All students who are planning to study at Stanford in Berlin or engage in an internship are encouraged to consult with the Chair of Undergraduate Studies and the Overseas Studies office about integrating work done abroad into their degree program.  Through the Center, students with at least two years of college-level German can also take courses at the Freie Universität, Technische Universität, or Humboldt Universität.  All credits earned in Berlin can be applied to the undergraduate major in German Studies.  For course descriptions and additional offerings, see the listings in the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site, or the Bing Overseas Studies web site.

Internships in Germany are arranged through the Bing Overseas Studies Program. In addition, students may consult with the department to arrange local internships involving German language use or issues pertaining to Germany or Central Europe. Returning interns who wish to develop a paper based on their experience should enroll in GERMAN 298 .

Joint Major Program: German Studies and Computer Science

The joint major program (JMP), authorized by the Academic Senate for a pilot period of six years, permits students to major in both Computer Science and one of ten Humanities majors. See the "Joint Major Program" section of this bulletin for a description of University requirements for the JMP. See also the Undergraduate Advising and Research JMP web site and its associated FAQs.

Students completing the JMP receive a B.A.S. (Bachelor of Arts and Sciences).

Because the JMP is new and experimental, changes to procedures may occur; students are advised to check the relevant section of the bulletin periodically.

German Studies Major Requirements in the Joint Major Program

See the "Computer Science Joint Major Program" section of this bulletin for details on Computer Science requirements.

To graduate with a joint major in Computer Science and German Studies, students must complete a minimum of 50 units. Majors must demonstrate basic language skills, either by completing GERLANG 1,2,3, First-Year German, or the equivalent such as an appropriate course of study at the Stanford in Berlin Center. Students also enroll in intermediate and advanced courses on literature, culture, thought, or language. A maximum of 10 Advance Placement (AP) units may be counted towards the major with the approval of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies. No more than 10 units may be taken on a credit/no credit basis. Courses listed below are recommended. Substitutes are permitted with the approval of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies. Relevant courses in other fields can count towards the German Studies major.

Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of 50 units.
  2. Completion of three GERMAN courses at the 120-level or approved substitutes.
    GERMAN 1243
    GERMAN 1263-5
    GERMAN 127Modernity, Memory, Mourning: 20th Century German Short Fiction3-5
  3. Completion of German Studies Core series:
    GERMAN 131
    GERMAN 132
    GERMAN 133
  4. Senior Capstone Project:
    GERMAN 1911
    GERMAN 1991-12
    Senior year, the student enrolls in a 2 unit independent study GERMAN 199 with a DLCL faculty member. The faculty member advising this project must sign off on this description. In order to have it approved as their capstone German Studies and Computer Science project, the student must submit a description of their project to the Chair of Undergraduate Studies in German.
  5. Students must take the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) two quarters prior to degree conferral. Students should contact the Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer for the major to begin the process.
  6. Remaining units should be completed through elective courses approved in consultation with the Chair of Undergraduate Studies. Structured Liberal Education courses and all courses taken at the Berlin Overseas campus may count toward the major electives. Thinking Matters courses approved by the Chair of Undergraduate Studies may also be counted toward the electives. Subject to approval by the Chair of Undergraduate Studies, courses from other fields may count if they contribute to the student's language skills, the ability to interpret literature and other cultural material, or the capacity to analyze societies.

Honors Program

Students have the option to complete the honors program for Computer Science and German Studies, by completing an honors thesis that is partially or fully integrated with Computer Science; such a thesis would fulfill both the capstone and honors requirements for this degree. Students also have the option to complete the honors program for German Studies only; such a thesis would not fulfill the capstone requirement for this degree. 

German Studies majors with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or above, and who maintain a 3.5 (GPA) in major courses, are eligible to participate in the DLCL's honors program. Prospective honors students must choose a senior thesis adviser from among their home department's regular faculty, in their junior year, preferably by March 1, but no later than May 1. During Spring Quarter of the junior year, a student interested in the honors program should consult with the Chair of Undergraduate Studies of their home department to submit a thesis proposal (2-5 pages), DLCL honors application and an outline of planned course work for their senior year.

Honors papers vary considerably in length as a function of their topic, historical scope, and methodology. They may make use of previous work developed in seminars and courses, but display an enhanced comparative or theoretical scope. Quality rather than quantity is the key criterion. Honors theses range from 40-90 pages not including bibliography and notes. Consult the DLCL Honors Handbook for more details on declaring and completing the honors thesis.

Honors students are encouraged to participate in the honors college hosted by Bing Honors College and coordinated by the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages. The honors college is offered at the end of the summer, during the weeks directly preceding the start of the academic year, and is designed to help students develop their honors thesis projects. Applications must be submitted through the Bing program. For more information, see the Bing Honors website.

Honors essays are due to the thesis adviser no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 15th of the terminal year. If an essay is found deserving of a grade of 'A-' or better by the thesis adviser, honors are granted at the time of graduation.

Declaring a Joint Major Program

To declare the joint major, students must first declare each major through Axess, and then submit the Declaration or Change of Undergraduate Major, Minor, Honors, or Degree Program. The Major-Minor and Multiple Major Course Approval Form is required for graduation for students with a joint major.

Dropping a Joint Major Program

Information about dropping a joint major program is still being developed. This bulletin will be updated when that information is available. Student may consult the Student Services Center with questions concerning dropping the joint major.

Transcript and Diploma

Students completing a joint major graduate with a B.A.S. degree. The two majors are identified on one diploma separated by a hyphen. There will be a notation indicating that the student has completed a "Joint Major".  The two majors are identified on the transcript with a notation indicating that the student has completed a "Joint Major".

Minor in German Language and Culture

Students may choose to minor in German Language and Culture if they are particularly interested in developing a strong ability in the German language, or in pursuing linguistic issues pertinent to German. Students satisfy the requirements for the minor in German Language and Culture by completing 35 units of course work, including at least three courses at the GERMAN 100-139 level, with coursework taught in German. Study at the Stanford in Berlin Center for at least one quarter is highly recommended.

Minor in German Cultural Studies

Students who wish to study German literature, culture, or thought, without necessarily acquiring facility in the German language, may pursue a minor in German Cultural Studies. Students meet the requirements for the minor in German Cultural Studies by completing 35 units of course work in German literature, culture, and thought in translation, including at least three courses at the GERMAN 130- or 140- level.

Minor in Modern Languages

The Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages offers a minor in Modern Languages. This minor draws on literature and language courses offered through this and other literature departments. See the “Literatures, Cultures, and Languages” section of this bulletin for further details about this minor and its requirements.

 

 

Master of Arts in German Studies

This program is designed for those who do not intend to continue studies through the Ph.D. degree. Students desiring the M.A. degree must complete a minimum of 45 units of graduate work. If students enroll for three quarters for a minimum of 15 units per quarter, they will be able to fulfill the M.A. requirements in one year. The program requires M.A. students to take the three graduate core courses (German 320, 321, and 322) for 5 units each. These courses cover core reading lists in three areas of German Studies: pre-1700. 1700-1900, and post-1900. The remaining courses may be selected by the student but they must be graduate-level courses in German and/or approved courses in related fields such as art history, comparative literature, linguistics, history, or philosophy.

M.A. candidates must take an oral examination toward the end of their last quarter, normally on or before the last day of classes. In preparation for the oral exam students are to submit a reading list comprised of 15 items from each of the three core reading lists and 10 additional items of their own choice for a total of 55 items. This M.A. reading list must be compiled in consultation with the advisor.

 

Coterminal Programs

Students may elect to combine programs for the B.A. and M.A. degrees in German Studies.

University requirements for the coterminal M.A. are described in the "Coterminal Bachelor's and Master's Degrees" section of this bulletin. For University coterminal degree program rules and University application forms, see the Stanford Undergrad Coterm Guide.

Doctor of Philosophy in German Studies

The requirements for the Ph.D. in German Studies include:

  1. Required Courses. A total of 135 units is required for the Ph.D.; doctoral candidates must complete at least one course with each member of the department. During each quarter in year one and year two, enrollment in and completion of at least two graduate courses taught by German Studies faculty are required. In every quarter prior to TGR, all students must enroll in the German Graduate Colloquium (1 unit per quarter). Students at dissertation stage are expected to continue to participate in the colloquium.
    1. First Year. Students must enroll in a minimum of 54 graduate units during their first year of graduate study as well as 10 units during the first summer. During the first year of work, the student should select courses that provide an introduction to the major areas of the discipline. During the summer after the first year, students prepare a draft of an article on a topic from their presumed area of specialization. First year required coursework:
      GERMAN 3208
      GERMAN 3213-5
      GERMAN 3228
      GERMAN 399 (summer quarter)1-12
      DLCL 301
      GERMAN 3971
    2. Second Year. Students must enroll in a minimum of 30 units during their second year of graduate study as well as 10 units during their second summer.  In the writing workshop, students refine their draft article, to be completed by the end of autumn quarter. Students prepare a prospectus for their dissertation, which is presented to a faculty committee by the end of spring quarter. Second year required coursework:
      GERMAN 3971
      GERMAN 399 (autumn and summer quarters)1-12
    3. Third Year. Students who have not reached TGR status must complete a minimum of 30 units during their third year of graduate study.  Third year required coursework:
      GERMAN 3971
      GERMAN 399 (winter and spring quarters)
  2. Qualifying Examination. On June 5 of Spring Quarter, all first year Ph.D. students must take their qualifying examination. This examination is designed to cover the full range of German literary history and builds on the readings in GERMAN 320 , GERMAN 321 , and GERMAN 322 . Students who fail this examination may request to retake it once before October 15.  A second fail of the Qualifying Exam will result in dismissal from the Ph.D. program.
  3. Language Requirement. A reading knowledge of one language other than English and German is required. Students in Medieval Studies must also have a reading knowledge of Latin. Reading knowledge will be assessed by an examination administered by the Language Center.
  4. Qualifying Article Submission. Based upon summer independent study and progress in GERMAN 399 , the Ph.D. student will submit an article in autumn quarter of their second year.  The article must be submitted by December 1 and will be reviewed by two faculty members who must approve it. An article that does not meet approval may be revised and resubmitted by February 15. A second failure to submit an article meeting approval of the faculty readers will result in dismissal from the program.
  5. Dissertation Prospectus. Based upon work in winter and spring quarters of the students second year, a twenty-page preliminary dissertation prospectus must be completed by the end of spring quarter of the second year. It must be discussed in a one-hour session of the reading committee before the end of spring quarter. The reading committee must be comprised of three faculty members. At least two members of the reading committee must have primary appointments in German Studies. Members of the reading committee are selected by the student in consultation with his or her primary adviser.
  6. After completion of the dissertation prospectus, all students are strongly encouraged to spend at least one quarter abroad in a German-speaking country, while remaining in regular contact with their advisers.
  7. The University Oral Examination. The University Oral Examination in the Department of German Studies involves a defense of at least three chapters of the dissertation, no later than the end of Autumn Quarter of the fifth year. It must be distributed to the four university oral examination committee members and the outside chair at least four weeks before the formal University Oral examination. This committee consists of three members of the reading committee, one additional member, plus an outside chair, selected in consultation with the primary adviser. The examination lasts no longer than two hours. It begins with a brief statement by the candidate (no longer than 15 minutes) followed by questions from the  four examiners, each of whom is limited to 20 minutes. The minutes are reserved for optional questions from the chair of the examination. Students who fail the University Oral Exam are allowed an opportunity to retake the exam. A second fail of the University Oral Exam results in dismissal from the Ph.D. program.
  8. Submission and approval of a dissertation.
  9. Teaching Assistant. The teaching requirement includes four quarters of language teaching during the second and third years of study and is mandatory for continued enrollment or support in the program. Students must also teach a fifth course which may be a language course, but they may alternatively request to teach or co-teach a literature course at a later time in the course of study, normally once their dissertation has reached an advanced stage, contingent upon department need and subject to approval of the Director of German Studies. Such teaching does not extend the length or scope of support.  Graduate students are advised to develop skills in the teaching of literature by participating in the teaching of undergraduate courses beyond language courses. Students may enroll in independent studies with faculty members to gain experience as apprentices in undergraduate teaching.
  10. Research Assistant. The department expects candidates to demonstrate research skills appropriate to their special areas of study. 
  11. Graduate Studies Colloquium. Enrollment and/or participation in is mandatory for all students (students conducting research abroad are exempt). The Colloquium meets every two weeks throughout the year and involves presentation of student work.
  12. German Studies Lecture Series. Regular attendance at lectures sponsored by the Department is required.
  13. The principal conditions for continued registration of a graduate student are the timely and satisfactory completion of University, department, and program requirements for the degree, and fulfillment of minimum progress requirements. Failure to meet these requirements results in corrective measures which may include a written warning, academic probation, and/or the possible release from the program
  14. Candidacy. Admission to candidacy is an important decision grounded in an overall assessment of a student’s ability to successfully complete the Ph.D. program. Per University policy, students are expected to complete department qualifying procedures and apply for candidacy by the end of the second year in residence. In reviewing a student for admission to candidacy, the faculty considers a student’s academic progress including but not limited to: advanced language proficiency, course work, performance on the Qualifying Exam, qualifying article, and dissertation prospectus, and successful completion of teaching/ research assistantships. A student must also have completed at least 3 units of work with each of 4 Stanford faculty members prior to consideration for candidacy. In addition to successful completion of department prerequisites, a student is only admitted to candidacy if the faculty makes the judgment that the student has the potential to successfully complete the requirements of the degree program. Candidacy is determined by faculty vote. Failure to advance to candidacy results in the dismissal of the student from the doctoral program. Candidacy is valid for five years and students are required to maintain active candidacy through conferral of the doctoral degree. All requirements for the degree must be completed before candidacy expires. The Department of German Studies conducts regular reviews of each student’s academic performance, both prior to and following successful admission to candidacy. Failure to make satisfactory progress to degree may result in dismissal from the doctoral program. Additional information about University candidacy policy is available in the Bulletin and GAP.

  15. Annual Review. In order to evaluate student progress and to identify potential problem areas, the department's faculty reviews the academic progress of each first-year student at the beginning of Winter and Spring quarters and again at the end of the academic year. The first two reviews are primarily intended to identify developing problems that could impede progress. In most cases, students are simply given constructive feedback, but if more serious concerns warrant, a student may be placed on probation with specific guidelines for addressing the problems detected. The review at the end of Spring Quarter is more thorough; each student's performance during the first year is reviewed and discussed. All students are given feedback from their advisers at the end of their first year of graduate work, helping them to identify areas of strength and potential weakness.  At any point during the degree program, evidence that a student is performing at a less than satisfactory level may be cause for a formal academic review of that student.  Possible outcomes of the spring review include:  continuation of the student in good standing, or placing the student on probation, with specific guidelines for the period of probation and the steps to be taken in order to be returned to good standing. For students on probation at this point (or at any other subsequent points), possible outcomes of a review include: restoration to good standing; continued probation, with guidelines for necessary remedial steps; or termination from the program.
  16. Grading. Doctoral students in the department must take required courses for a letter grade if available and are expected to earn a grade of 'B+' or better in each course offered by the DLCL. Any grade of 'B' or below is considered to be less than satisfactory. Grades of 'B' or below are reviewed by faculty and the following actions may be taken: the grade stands and the student's academic performance is monitored to ensure that satisfactory progress is being made; the grade stands and the student is required to revise and resubmit the work associated with that course; or the student may be required to retake the course.

Ph.D. Minor in German Studies

The department offers a Ph.D. Minor in German Studies.  The requirement for the Ph.D. minor is completion of 25 units of graduate course work in German Studies classes.  Interested students should consult the Director of Graduate Studies.

Emeriti: (Professors) Theodore M. Andersson, Gerald Gillespie, Katharina Mommsen, Kurt Müller-Vollmer, Orrin W. Robinson III

Director: Kathryn Starkey

Chair of Graduate Studies: Kathryn Starkey

Chair of Undergraduate Studies: Matthew Wilson Smith

Professors: Russell A. Berman, Elizabeth Bernhardt, Amir Eshel, Kathryn Starkey

Associate Professor: Adrian Daub, Matthew Wilson Smith

Assistant Professors: Márton Dornbach

Courtesy Professors: Michael Friedman, Hester G. Gelber, Thomas S. Gray, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Stephen Hinton, Thomas Sheehan, Elaine Treharne

Courtesy Associate Professors: R. Lanier Anderson, Charlotte Fonrobert, Nadeem Hussain

Courtesy Assistant Professors: Marisa Galvez, Edith Sheffer, Laura Stokes,

Senior Lecturer: William E. Petig

Visiting Professor: Nicole Schwindt (Winter)

Visiting Lecturers: Wolf-Dietrich Junghanns (Autumn), Martin Treml (Autumn)

Overseas Studies Courses in German Studies

The Bing Overseas Studies Program manages Stanford study abroad programs for Stanford undergraduates. Students should consult their department or program's student services office for applicability of Overseas Studies courses to a major or minor program.

The Bing Overseas Studies course search site displays courses, locations, and quarters relevant to specific majors.

For course descriptions and additional offerings, see the listings in the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses or Bing Overseas Studies.


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Courses

GERMAN 41N. Inventing Modern Theatre: Georg Büchner and Frank Wedekind. 3 Units.

The German writers Georg Büchner (1813-1837) and Frank Wedekind (1864-1918). Many of the most important theater and film directors of the last century, including Max Reinhardt, G. W. Pabst, Orson Welles, Robert Wilson, and Werner Herzog, have wrestled with their works, as have composers and writers from Alban Berg and Bertolt Brecht through Christa Wolf and Thalia Field. Rock artists as diverse as Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Duncan Sheik, and Metallica have recently rediscovered their urgency. Reading these works in translation and examining artistic creations they inspired. Classroom discussions and written responses; students also rehearse and present in-class performances of excerpts from the plays. The aim of these performances is not to produce polished stagings but to creatively engage with the texts and their interpretive traditions. No previous theatrical experience required.
Same as: TAPS 41N

GERMAN 88Q. Gateways to the World: Germany in 5 Words. 3-5 Units.

This course explores German history, culture and politics by tracing five (largely untranslatable) words and exploring the debates they have engendered in Germany over the past 200 years. This course is intended as preparation for students wishing to spend a quarter at the Bing Overseas Studies campus in Berlin, but is open to everyone. Preference to Sophomores. Taught in English.

GERMAN 104. Resistance Writings in Nazi Germany. 3 Units.

This course focuses on documents generated by nonmilitary resistance groups during the period of National Socialism. Letters, essays, diaries, and statements on ethics from the Bonhoeffer and Scholl families form the core of the readings. The resistance novel, Every Man Dies Alone, is also included. Texts will be read as historical documents, reflections of German thought, statements of conscience, attempts to maintain normal relationships with others in the face of great risk, as poetic works, and as guides for the development of an ethical life. Taught in English.

GERMAN 127. Modernity, Memory, Mourning: 20th Century German Short Fiction. 3-5 Units.

Through a sampling of short stories and novellas from 1918 to 1952, this course will explore major historical and cultural questions related to Germany in the early 20th century. Students will develop an understanding of recent German history and of how German writers have chosen to engage with this history in various ways. Themes will include the impact of modernity on the individual, violence and war, fascism and its effect on personal agency, exile and mourning, memory and trauma, and tradition and its breakdown. Authors include Kafka, Mann, Seghers, and Böll. Readings and discussion in German.

GERMAN 220. German Literature 1: How Stories are Told (ca. 1170-1600). 5-8 Units.

This seminar offers a survey of medieval and early modern German literature and culture from ca.1170 to 1600. Genres include heroic epic, romance, lyric poetry, and mysticism as well as the popular literary forms characteristic of Reformation culture. We will pay special attention to the changing strategies of storytelling across time, genre, and medium. Discussion in English. All texts are available in modern German or English translation. Undergraduates enroll in 220 for 5 units, graduate students enroll in 320 for 5 or 8 units.
Same as: GERMAN 320

GERMAN 262A. Explosions of Enlightenment. 3-5 Units.

Eighteenth-century culture seen as permeated by intellectual and artistic practices and plays pushing principles of reason and rationality to an extreme that becomes self-undercutting. Such obsessions and practices are becoming more visible and prominent now, as the traditional concept of "Enlightenment" (synonymous with the 18th century) is undergoing a profound transformation. Among the protagonists of this seminar will be: Diderot as a philosopher and novelist; Lichtenberg as a scientist and writer of everyday notes; Goya, accusing violence and obsessed with nightmarish visions; Mozart as the excessive master of repetition and variation.
Same as: COMPLIT 262A

GERMAN 284. The Nervous Age: Neurosis, Neurology, and Nineteenth-century Theatre. 5 Units.

The nineteenth century witnessed profound developments in neurological and psychological sciences, developments that fundamentally altered conceptions of embodiment, agency, and mind. This course will place these scientific shifts in conversation with theatrical transformations of the period. We will read nineteenth-century neuropsychologists such as Charles Bell, Johannes Müller, George Miller Beard, Jean-Martin Charcot, and Hippolyte Bernheim alongside artists such as Percy Shelley, Georg Büchner, Richard Wagner, Émile Zola, and August Strindberg.
Same as: HUMBIO 162, TAPS 354

GERMAN 354. Poetic Thinking Across Media. 4 Units.

Even before Novalis claimed that the world must be romanticized, thinkers, writers, and artists wanted to perceive the human and natural world poetically. The pre- and post-romantic poetic modes of thinking they created are the subject of this course. Readings include Ecclestias, Zhaozhou Congshen, Montaigne, Nietzsche, Kafka, Benjamin, Arendt, and Sontag. This course will also present poetic thinking in the visual arts--from the expressionism of Ingmar Bergman to the neo-romanticism of Gerhard Richter.
Same as: COMPLIT 154B, COMPLIT 354B, GERMAN 154, JEWISHST 144B

GERMAN 382. Martin Heidegger. 3-5 Units.

Working through the most systematically important texts by Martin Heidegger and their historical moments and challenges, starting with Being and Time (1927), but emphasizing his philosophical production after World War II. The philological and historical understanding of the texts function as a condition for the laying open of their systematic provocations within our own (early 21st-century) situations. Satisfies the capstone seminar requirement for the major tracks in Philosophy and Literature. Taught in English.
Same as: COMPLIT 213A, COMPLIT 313A, GERMAN 282

GERMAN 802. TGR Dissertation. 0 Units.

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