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Director of Graduate Studies
The Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies
Durham, NC 27708-0256
General InformationDegree offered:
Students in current Heritage Duke Program : 0
Students in current Heritage UNC-CH Program : 4
Students in Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies: 22
The Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies is a fully merged graduate program, granting the PhD in German Studies, with a joint admissions process and a single diploma bearing the names of both Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Its organizing principle is a careful combination of disciplinary rigor and interdisciplinary flexibility that recognizes the fundamental interrelation of all the cultural expressions of societies where the German language is spoken. Taking full advantage of the intellectual, educational, and cultural resources of two of the finest universities in the nation, the program features an advantageous combination of individual attention in small classes and a close connection to the broader communities of literature, cultural studies, and German Studies at Duke University and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The core German Studies faculty represent all branches of research in the field, including medieval studies, gender and sexuality studies, literary theory and poetics, European intellectual history, modernism, German-Jewish studies, politics and culture in the twentieth century, media studies, and contemporary society. Faculty engage in innovative, interdisciplinary teaching and research projects involving other departments and programs and support close intellectual ties with major German universities. Admission is highly competitive and limited to about seven students a year. Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are committed to offering five years of full funding, including tuition, to admitted students. Students take courses full time in their first year of study; in subsequent years they acquire teaching experience at both a private (Duke) and a public (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) university. Multiple program options are available to students, from the study of historical periods and genres (medieval to contemporary) to literary criticism and theory. Interdisciplinary work is strongly encouraged.
The previous PhD programs in German Studies at Duke University and in Germanic Languages at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will no longer admit new students.
Applicants for The Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies must use the University of North Carolina Graduate School's electronic application: http://gradschool.unc.edu/admissions/instructions.html
The single admissions process for the joint program will ensure that incoming students matriculate fully at both universities.
The Graduate School requires a statement of purpose as part of the electronic application. We carefully review each applicant's essay. Please utilize this essay to discuss your goals in pursuing The Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies PhD, your research interests, your study abroad experience and the trajectory of your academic career thus far.
Writing sample (see program description at department's web site or contact Director of Graduate Studies). Writing sample should be sent directly to the German Studies Program ( not to the Graduate Enrollment Services Office--this is the only exception to the general rule that all documents that are part of an application must be sent to the Graduate Enrollment Services Office).