The PhD in German Studies at Yale is primarily designed to prepare graduates for research and teaching at a wide range of institutions of higher education, both within the U.S. and internationally. The North American field of German Studies today is known for its innovations in interdisciplinary research, whose main branches are language, literature, culture, history, philosophy/theory, film/media, as well as intersections with countless other individual fields and disciplines such as Judaic Studies, Music, History of Art, Comparative Literature, Architecture (and many more). The PhD program provides students with a broad cross-disciplinary orientation as the framework within which a wide variety of more specialized research projects can be pursued. At the core of this multifaceted offering, Yale’s department and its curriculum retains its longstanding focus on literature of all kinds as an indispensable part of our disciplinary identity.
Kirk Wetters, Director of Graduate Studies