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Germanic Studies

Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.A.



D. Gramling, G. Pailer, G. Winthrop-Young.

Associate Professors

K. Bowers, K. Frackman, M. Hallensleben, I. Iurascu, B. Karwowska, C. Rieger

Associate Professors Emeriti

T. Salumets, S. Taubeneck.

Assistant Professors

E. Malakaj

Program Overview

Our graduate program provides excellent opportunities to cross and join boundaries by participating in the continued construction of new disciplinary configurations. In order to facilitate research and development of unique scholarly projects, students are free to draw on a broad range of faculty both on and off campus. They are encouraged to explore canonical and non-canonical texts, and to take advantage of the many interdisciplinary, intercultural, and other dimensions that presently give shape to the Program in Germanic Studies at UBC.

For details please see the Program.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the Ph.D. degree program normally possess an M.A. degree as well as a general knowledge of the broad outlines of German language and literature and of German political, cultural, and social history, and that they are familiar with both the basic tools of study and the basic methods of critical analysis. Transfer from the M.A. to the Ph.D. program is permitted under Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies regulations.

Program Requirements

With the above as a foundation, the Ph.D. program will focus on the application of the major critical theories and the development of discipline-related expertise. The methods by which students develop this expertise may vary from one-to-one discussions and small tutorial groups to formal seminars and lectures. Students will also participate in departmental colloquia.

Whatever the format, students should be mindful of the general goal, which, in addition to their expertise in German language and literary study, is to develop their capacity for critical thinking and their ability to express their thoughts and ideas independently.

Appropriate coursework is selected in consultation with the student's supervisory committee. All doctoral students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

For details please see the Program.

Master of Arts

The program of study intended as preparation for a career in teaching and/or research in German literature and provides a possible foundation for doctoral study in Germanic Studies.

As the emphasis of the M.A. is on the study of literature and literary historiography, students have the opportunity to: develop comprehensive knowledge and critical judgment of German literary history; acquire an understanding of literary texts in their aesthetic, social, political, (inter)cultural, and historical dimensions; apply a variety of critical methods and theories to the study of literary texts; and refine literary sensibilities, analytical skills, and conceptual abilities.

Admission Requirements

Students entering the M.A. program normally possess a bachelor's degree and are expected to have a high level of linguistic proficiency and a working familiarity with German literary, cultural, social, political, and intellectual history.

Program Requirements

    There are two options for the M.A.:
  1. The Thesis Option requires a 9-credit thesis, 9 credits of obligatory courses, and 12 credits of additional coursework excluding the extended research paper. At least 24 credits must be at the 500-level or above.
  2. The Course-based Option requires 30 credits of coursework, including GERM 548. At least 24 credits must be at the 500-level or above.

For details please see the Program.

Contact Information

Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies
917-1873 East Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z1
Tel: 604.827.3550
Hillary Hurst, Graduate Program Assistant

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