Welcome to the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at
the University of Pennsylvania. The oldest academic program in
German Studies in North America, we are committed to our strong
tradition in literary studies, while our distinguished faculty also
represent a range of innovative and interdisciplinary approaches in the
We invite you to read more about our current and past
events below, and to explore our website for information about our
graduate and undergraduate programs, including our offerings in
Yiddish, Dutch, and Swedish.
The German Society of Pennsylvania 250th Anniversary 1764-2014 Joseph Horner Memorial Library Lecture Series Dr. Frank Trommler (Professor Emeritus, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pennsylvania)
Didem Uca, a second-year PhD student in the department, and co-author Kate Zambon won the Top Student Paper Award in the Popular Communication Division at the 2014 conference of the International Communication Association. Their paper, which explores the relationship between non-ethnic German hip hop artists and institutional frameworks, is entitled “Sor bir bana: Hip Hop and Socio-Cultural Institutions in Germany”.
Click here for more details on "Weimar Heteroclassicism: Wilhelm von Humboldt, Caroline von Wolzogen, and the Aesthetics of Gender" and "February 1941: The Devil and Daniel Webster Puts American Politics on Trial."