German (PhD)

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Program Description

The German Department at NYU fosters innovative intellectual work that is both responsive to established scholarship and proactively engaged in the future of the field. Combining the study of German literature with the history of German critical thought and its legacies in contemporary theory, the program offers a challenging course of study that invites transdisciplinary approaches and stresses theoretical sophistication.

For students who choose to concentrate on the study of German literature we offer a rigorous training in contemporary methods of literary criticism. We also greatly welcome those whose interests include a more theoretical bent. The program encourages taking German critical thought as a point of departure for a wide range of investigations. The German Department maintains strong links with other departments to ensure that students can make full use of NYU’s exceptional strengths across the humanities.

The graduate program is conceived to encourage and guide each student in developing an individual course of study that at the same time affords fluency in the broad field of German Studies. We stress tailoring each program of study to make the student competitive in a constantly evolving academic market as well as for other career opportunities they may wish to pursue.


All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit the general application requirements, which include:

See German for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.