Long considered a leading program for the training of Germanists, the department has, in the last decade, built on its strength in literature, literary theory, and philosophy by adding significant faculty strength in media studies and the visual arts.

Founded in 1956 when Professor Victor Lange came from Cornell and split off an independent department from a Department of Modern Languages, the department has been home to a long line of distinguished scholars in all fields of German literature and culture.

For a brief history of the department, please visit our “Landmarks” section.