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Welcome to the website of the MSU German Studies program! The German faculty embrace an inclusive model of German Studies that integrates the study of language, literature, and culture at all levels. We offer degrees at all levels: the undergraduate major and minor, the MA and the PhD.

Building on a tradition reaching back over 50 years, the German program has distinguished itself with its responsiveness to the changing face of German Studies in the US. The MSU German faculty is nationally recognized for contributions in the fields of literary, cultural, linguistic, and pedagogical scholarship. In 2013, our program was recognized as an AATG German Center of Excellence for its innovative approach to both undergraduate and graduate curricula.

Visit our undergraduate and graduate program pages for details on offerings. And whether you are a current or prospective student, a resident of mid-Michigan or a virtual visitor, join our community of students and scholars to share and learn about things German.

Drop in for weekly offerings:

Tuesdays at 7 pm: Filmabend in Wells Hall

Wednesdays at 7:30 pm: Kaffeestunde at Espresso Royale on Grand River Ave.


In early February, Berlin-based author and theater artist, Michael Götting, joins us for two days of engaged and engaging collaboration.

On Monday, Feb. 1 (5:30-7pm, B-210 Wells Hall), Götting will read from his new novel, Contrapunctus, the take of four Black Germans in Berlin who struggle with relationships, racism, and the colonial inheritance of the city in the new millennium. The reading in German will be accompanied by English translation, and will issue into an open Q&A session. Full details are here.

On Tuesday, Feb. 2 (3-6pm, Auditorium 60), Götting will conduct a sound and rhythm workshop for all comers: Bring your instrument, a piece of music, or just yourself for this creative event! The workshop will culminate in a brief performance around 5:30pm. See flyer for full details.

April 1-2: European Migration Crisis:A 2-Day Conference for Scholars & Community. Details coming soon!

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