Department of Germanic Studies

Study at UT: MA and PhDs

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GS@UT:  Why UT for graduate studies?  

To find your own project and to launch an exciting and fulfilling career, either inside academia or beyond, in a vibrant transdisciplinary and transcultural community.  You belong in the Department of Germanic Studies at UT for graduate studies if:

  • you are interested in Austrian, Danish, Dutch, German, Norwegian, Swedish, Swiss, and/or Yiddish cultures and languages in the context of today's world and as central forces in Western cultures and histories
  • you would like to be at an institution with outstanding scholarly resources on campus, including a world-class library with extensive holdings in German(ic) Studies, a vibrant campus community unifying numerous departments and institutes (Comparative Literature, Linguistics, the Harry Ransom Center, the Texas Language Center, the Texas German Dialect Project, and many others)
  • you want to be part of "Germanistik 2.0": the new international projects that are redefining the networks and practices of Germanic studies, in cultural studies, textual and media studies, linguistics, and second language studies (SLA/DaF), especially:
    • interdisciplinary projects (combining cultural and linguistic studies in all their forms, historical, applied, and theoretical alike)
    • digital humanities and digital literacies (as transformative research and teaching paradigms)
    • transnational and comparative work (framed as migration, cultural studies, or contact studies)
    • innovative investigations of the cultural, linguistic, and intellectual legacies of northern and central Europe within significant and relevant global contexts
    • projects exploring migration, identity, translation, transculturalism, national cultures and ideologies, theories of texts, languages, cultures, communication, and societies
    • Projects examining the acquisition and uses of Germanic languages from multiple perspectives (e.g., cognitive, social, instructional, historical)
    • links between research and teaching in all their forms.
  • you come from a related discipline and want to craft your advanced study using the resources of a diverse research and teaching university with world-renowned programs in all the arts, humanities, and social sciences, along with area studies and language teaching centers -- creating new transcultural, transnational, and interdisciplinary knowledge by engaging the UT campus beyond a single department
  • you like to set your own goals and value practical support for fulfilling them in ways that challenge you to excel-- you appreciate both mentors and your own strengths in intellectual innovation in working and learning in a supportive environment
  • you value intellectual and practical work that reaches communities both inside and outside of academic life, and that embraces work that highlights contemporary concerns such as gender, ethnicity, identity, disciplinarity, communities of knowledge, and learning strategies
  • you see the value of professional-level skills in research, teaching, self-presentation, public communication, and institutional initiatives on the local, national, and international levels -- the tools • you need to integrate successfully into your chosen community of post-degree work and/or to transform that community relevant to today’s world and to the future
  • you want to bridge Europe and the rest of the world, combining national and international perspectives, connect with international scholarship and projects, bring the past into the present and build the future, and take the GS@UT experience into your future careers with a degree that will be internationally respected.


See other links on the sidebar to the right for details on requirements, financing your studies, the program's degrees and placements, and, last but not least, Austin, Texas.



The academic job market is very tight for Ph.D.s in the humanities, and completion of the degree will by no means guarantee subsequent employment. The yearly reports in the Newsletter of the Modern Language Association outline the difficult facts of academic employment. Nonetheless, graduates from the Department of Germanic Studies over the last 10 years have met with great success in finding positions in academic departments, in related fields, or in careers that use their skills.