News and Announcements

UGA Study Abroad Fair

UGA will be holding its annual Study Abroad Fair on September 25-26 this week in the Tate Center Grand Hall. The fair is a great opportunity for students to gather information on the plethora of study abroad programs offered through the university. The Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies will have tables for both its Study Abroad in Russia and its Frieburg Study Abroad programs. The fair will run from 12:00pm - 5:00pm on Monday, and 11:00am - 4:00pm on Tuesday. Come stop by our tables and learn about how you could spend your next summer abroad! 

Call for Papers: 4th Annual Linguistics Conference at UGA.

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 4th Annual Linguistics Conference at UGA (LCUGA4) for UGA attendees is open on our website at Please note that the registration form for UGA attendees is distinct from that for presenters (UGA + non-UGA) and non-UGA-affiliated attendees. Admission to all LCUGA4 conference presentations and plenary events is FREE for UGA affiliates; however, we would appreciate it if you could register in advance so we can accurately estimate our total attendance for the weekend.  

LCUGA4 will take place October 6-8, 2017 in the Zell B. Miller Learning Center (MLC), and our theme this year is "Crossing Boundaries". We look forward to featuring more than 30 presentations, 3 plenary speakers, and one film screening over the course of the weekend, all of which span linguistic subfields, those which incorporate interdisciplinary research from other areas of the sciences and humanities, and those which bridge the gap between academia and the wider non-academic community. bridge gaps between linguistics and other fields. The full schedule is available at:

More information is also available on our website at


German Student Claire Lutrick Publishes Research in The Classic Journal

Claire Lutrick, a triple major in German, Anthropology, and Management Information Systems, had her linguistic research published in the Classic Journal on April 12th. Her paper, entitled "Auslautverhältung: They Sound the Same to Me," looks into the linguistic phenomenon of final devoicing. You can read her research and findings on the Classic Journal's website here: 


Congratulations, Claire!

Russian Minor Wins Best Paper Award at this Year's CURO Symposium

Congratulations to Anna Davidson, a Russian minor here at UGA, has won the Best Paper Award in Arts, Humanities, and Media at this year's CURO Symposium for her essay, "Privileged Perception: An Examination of Supersensory Insight in Nabokov's The Gift." She will present her research on Tuesday, April 4th at 9:30am at the Classic Center. Her faculty advisor is Dr. Charles Byrd.


The CURO Symposium, an annual research symposium at the University of Georgia, provides an opportunity for all undergraduate researchers at various stages of the research process to present their research to the university's academic community. The symposium features concurrent Oral Sessions and a Poster Session. Students may present in either format.

The Symposium:

  • Highlights excellence in research by undergraduate students
  • Provides a forum for undergraduates to disseminate their research findings and creative works allows undergraduate researchers at UGA to engage, cooperate and communicate with their peers and university faculty and administrators. 

Dr. Lee-Schoenfeld Honored by UGA Student Government Association

Congratulations to Dr. Vera Lee-Schoenfeld, Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies, who was one of 10 faculty members recognized by SGA during its annual Professor Recognition Reception. Faculty members are nominated by students and then selected by members of SGA's Cabinet based on various criteria, such as their dedication to education and their impact on UGA students. 

Fall 2017 Upper Division Course Offerings

GRMN 3015. Language:  Engineering and Science. (3 hours)

MWF (9:05 - 9:55 am), Dr. Katie Chapman

Prerequisite: GRMN 2002 or GRMN 2110

Advanced study of Germany and the German language from an engineering and science perspective.  Topics include the German auto industry, modern architecture, sustainability, bio-ethics in Germany, and environmental policy. This course increases student's ability to effectively communicate in a business and academic environment in Germany through systematic grammar review and targeted communicative practices.  ***GRMN 3010 and 3015 are equivalent courses, so students may seek credit in only one of the two courses.


GRMN 3020. Language: Culture and Society II. (3 hours)

MWF (11:15am - 12:05pm), Dr.Brigitte Rossbacher

Prerequisite: GRMN 3010 or GRMN 3015

This content-based course will enhance students' knowledge of contemporary German culture and imporve language skills through discussion and conversation, working with texts of various genres, essay-writing, vocabulary expansion and grammar refinement. Materials include German TV series Türkisch für Anfänger and the award-winning novel Tschick as well as web-based readings and feature films.


GRMN/LING 3770. Heritage German. (3 hours)

TR (11:00am-12:15pm), Dr. Joshua Bousquette

Prerequisite: GRMN 3010 or GRMN 3015

Over the course of the semester, we will concern ourselves with the topic of heritage languages, or languages acquired naturally in a community or nation where they are not the dominant language. First, we will focus on the social circumstances surrounding a heritage community, including how language use is affected by immigration, migration, social institutions, and community structures. Second, since heritage languages, by definition, exist in a bi- or multi-lingual setting, we will study inter- and intra-speaker variation within these communities. Focusing primarily on the German-American experience, we will engage broadly with the methodologies, theories (and assumptions) associated with heritage languages, with an eye towards an empirical study of the subject.


GRMN 3820. German Film. (3 hours)

MWF (2:30pm-3:20pm), Dr. Berna Gueneli

Prerequisite: GRMN 3010 or GRMN 3015

The history of German film and its political, social, and cultural contexts. Includes expressionism, Nazi film, post-war "Heimatfilm," new German cinema, the post-wall comedy wave, and the contemporary state of German film-making


GRMN 4001/6001. Advanced German Composition and Conversation. (3 hours)

TR (12:30pm-1:45pm), Dr. Inge DiBella

Prerequisite: GRMN 3020

This course will be refining your command of spoken and written German. The focus will be on developing a more sophisticated range of vocabulary and expressions, and obtaining more ease in dealing with the finer points of German grammar. A significant part of class time is spent on developing speaking skills. This course is structured around movies which illuminate aspects of current German culture and society, paying particular attention to recent changes resulting from the massive integration effort under way, but which also highlight themes such as tolerance, identity, integrity, and self-realization.


GRMN 4015. Magic, Monsters, and the Occult in German Literature. (3 hours)

MWF (10:10am-11:00pm), Dr. Heide Crawford

Prerequisite: GRMN 3010 or GRMN 3015

Texts that address themes from occult science and philosophy such as magic, alchemy, and secret societies by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, E.T.A. Hoffman, Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, Gustav Meyrink and excerpts from works by Paracelsus and other occult scientists and philosophers.



 RUSS 4040. Tolstoy on Page and Screen. (3 hours)

TR (2:00pm-3:15pm), Dr. Charles Byrd

Taught in English. No prerequisites required.

So real that you can almost smell them, the fictional characters of Leo Tolstoy's greatest two novels have captivated generations both inside Russia and out. Close reading and discussion of War and Peace and Anna Karenina, enlivened by screenings and analysis of selected film adaptations. Estimated to have cost more than 700,000,000 in today's dollars, Sergei Bondarchuk's panoramic, academy-award winning War and Peace (1967) remains the single most expensive movie in world cinema history. Anna Karentina has been filmed more than 20 times. What, precisely, in Tolstoy's works has proven so attractive to filmmakers? All readings will be in English, and the films will either be in English or have English subtitles.


RUSS 4520. Contemporary Russian Culture. (3 hours)

MWF (9:05am-9:55am), Dr. Olga Thomason

Prerequisite: RUSS 3002

Survey of major trends in modern Russian society and culture. Discussion of key notions and beliefs that shape these trends. Comparison and analysis of Russians' worldviews and self-perceptions. The course provides an overview of the political and social dynamics of modern Russia, combined with advanced language study.

Dr. Vera Lee-Schoenfeld wins a 2017 Sandy Beaver Teaching Award

Dr. Vera Lee-Schoenfeld, Associate Professor of Linguistics in the department of Germanic & Slavic Studies, has been selected to receive a 2017 Sandy Beaver Excellence in Teaching Award. These awards for excellence in teaching annually honor outstanding faculty in the Franklin College who have shown a sustained commitment to high-quality instruction. Full-time faculty of all ranks, but particularly those engaged in undergraduate teaching, are eligible for this $2,500 prize with the exception of those who have won the award in the past five years. Congratulations to Dr. Lee-Schoenfeld.

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GSS Welcomes Dr. Ulrike Schneider

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies is thrilled to welcome Dr. Ulrike Schneider, from Potsdam University, as the Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Spring 2017 semester. Dr. Schneider will be teaching GRMN 3610: Escape and Refugees - Perspectives in Contemporary German Literature for our undergraduate German students, as well as the GRMN 8530 graduate seminar entitled: Die Metropole in der deutschen Literatur. We are excited to have her join our department and share her knowledge and experiences with our students!

Dr. Schneider will present a lecture, free and open to the public, on Wednesday, April 19th at 5:00 pm in the Miller Learning Center (room147).  The title of the talk is: "Jewish Authors in the GDR - Historical and Literary Perspectives on a Controversial Topic".

Linguistics Student Holly Griffis Publishes Essay in The Classic Journal

This November, Holly Griffis’s essay “Final Devoicing in the German of Native English Speakers” appears in The Classic, the Writing Intensive Program’s journal of undergraduate writing and research. The essay concerns how English speakers utilize characteristics of native German. You can read the latest issue and find out more about The Classic online at

Paid Internships in Germany: AmCham

American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) and BridgehouseLaw Internship Program

May 11 – August 4, 2017

The deadline to apply for the paid internships in Germany with AmCham is October 24.

Majors/Minors: Open to all German minors and majors, including graduate students. Business, finance, pre-law and pre-pharmacy students are preferred. Students should apply during their third year. They must be enrolled during their internship.

Websites: and

Remuneration: Internships are paid (735 Euro/month); company might also provide accommodations.

Participating universities: Emory, GA State, GA Tech, Kennesaw and others.

Participating companies: Accuracy LLC, AmCham Germany, AS Solar GmbH, The Bank of New York Mellon, Balli GmbH, DHL Global Forwarding GmbH, Fragomen Global LLP, Fresenius SE, Marriott Hamburg, Hitachi Data Systems GmbH, Kühne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG, McDonald's Deutschland Inc., OneBridgehouse, Pfizer.

Requirements: GRMN 3010 or equivalent; minimum GPA of 3.0; previous work experience is highly encouraged

Length: Mid-May through Mid-August (90 days)

Costs and Fees: Visa application, airfare, in-country transportation, living expenses, health insurance

AmCham application fee: Paid by Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies

Application Process and timeline:

- Request application from Dr. Inge DiBella

October 24: deadline for submitting complete application to Jordon Ropson, 201 J. Brown which includes:

- Application Form (typed-out)
- Statement of Purpose (a one page essay describing why you wish to complete an internship in Germany, what particular strengths and abilities you have to offer, and -    what you expect to take away from the internship; include your contact information in the header)
- Current Résumé or Lebenslauf
- Statement of German Proficiency (completed & submitted by German professor)
- Unofficial transcripts
- Scanned copy of Form I-20 / F-1 visa (international students only)
- Scanned colored copy of the first two pages of your passport (valid at least 6 months after program ends)
- Certificate of Enrolment (signed, dated and stamped by the university/college registrar)


Please note that the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies is paying your initial application fee of $50.

October 25 (tentative): Interview with departmental selection committee in the morning (time/place TBA)

October 31: Submit revised application by October 31 (revisions, as necessary, are based on feedback by interview committee)

November 1: Dossiers of successful applicants are sent to BridgehouseLaw in Atlanta, and subsequently to AmCham in Frankfurt. Your application will be uploaded for perusal by AmCham business partners.

By Mid-February if not earlier: Interview offer(s) made to you directly by company. Accept or decline offer within a few days. 

German Poetry Contest

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DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service

The Germanic Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) offers several exchange programs for studying abroad every year, as well as financial support for doing so. Our DAAD Student Ambassador for UGA is Aaron Krask. If you have any questions about the DAAD or its programs, please contact to contact him and get answers to any question you may have!

Dr. David Hensley Guest Lecture on Language and Identity in the Public Sphere

Dr. David Hensely, a professor of History at Georgia Highlands College in Rome, GA,  will present a lecture on Friday, Sept. 30th at 1:30 pm in MLC room 348 entitled: "The Bureaucrat Exists for the Public, and Not the Other Way Around: “Freedom of Language” in Twentieth-Century Flanders, “Freedom of Conscience” in the Contemporary United States, and the Right to Regulate Those who Serve the Public"
His main research focus is on the relationship between language and identity in Modern Europe. He also maintains an interest in the far right in both Europe and the United States. His talk examines the attempts of the French-speaking elite in Flanders (Belgium) to maintain a place for their language in the Flemish public sphere, and the ways in which these efforts affected their self-representation and political engagements.

Those who follow the political scene in the US today will surely recognize calls on the part of those who serve the public in some way – whether in the public sphere, as bureaucrats, or in the private sphere, as licensed pharmacists or business owners – to choose whom they will serve in part based on “freedom of conscience.” This argument typically states that such individuals should have the right to withhold certain services – issuing wedding licenses or other government documents, providing catering services, or filling prescriptions for contraceptives – based on their personal, religious opposition to, say, homosexuality or abortion. Efforts by the state to force such individuals have been reviled as government overreach.

These arguments find an unexpected yet striking parallel in the history of the small European country of Belgium in the last century. Throughout the 1900s, a series of laws mandated that bureaucrats in Flanders use Dutch in their dealings with the public, angering some French-speaking Belgians who worried that their “right” to hold a bureaucratic job was being infringed. In the 1960s and 1970s, these mandates were extended to private schools and workplaces. Was this an example of state tyranny? Or did the state have the right to protect the Dutch-speaking majority’s access to vital government and business services? This talk will examine the ways in which different groups of stakeholders in Flanders confronted these questions throughout the twentieth century, and what light they might shed on similar debates in our own society. 



Russian Art Lecture and Exhibit

On Friday, September 23rd,  at 5:30 pm the Lamar Dodd School of Art welcomes guest lecturer Suzanne Massie, co-author of the famous book Nicholas and Alexandra: An Intimate Account of the Last of the Romanovs and the Fall of the Russian Empire. This book had immense impact on the development of Russian studies in the U.S. Ms. Massie served as a personal advisor on matters of Russian art and culture to president Ronald Reagan and acted as the unofficial liaison between the U.S. president and Mikhail Gorbachev.  

She is the  keynote speaker for the Georgia Museum's two-day symposium on Russian art and the history of collecting Russian art in the U.S, in conjunction with the Georgia Museum of Art's exhibit entitled "Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and their Subjects." The exhibition shows how the Russian family used gifts to maintain power. Take some time this semester to go see it, the pieces will be available for viewing until December 31st!



US Students Learn Russian Through STARTALK

This past summer our very own, Dr. Charles Byrd, Senior Lecturer in Russian, participated in a four-week immersion program located in Fairfax County, Virginia. This total immersion program, STARTALK, is part of a national security initiative to help US students learn "critical-need" languages, including Russian. Read more about this program at the link below, and watch a short video featuring Dr. Byrd!

Not a Faustian Bargain: Department Welcomed Two Distinguished Visitors


Martin Kagel, Werner Fritsch, Norbert Otto Eke

February 2016 was an eventful time in Germanic & Slavic Studies at UGA, as the month began with the arrival of two visitors to the department. Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor Norbert Otto Eke (Universität Paderborn) joined the department faculty on February 1 and acclaimed German author Werner Fritsch came to Athens for two days ten days later.

Professor Eke will be here until mid-April, teaching a graduate seminar on “Freemasons, Illuminati, and Secret Societies in German Literature.” For our students it is a true privilege to have the opportunity to take a class with a scholar of the caliber of Norbert Eke who is widely published and a sought after speaker in Germany. He, in turn, is enjoying his stay at the University of Georgia, for which he has had ample praise, from the quality of the library to the students’ positive attitude and active participation in his class. He and his wife Dagmar are also enjoying the culinary and cultural offerings of Athens. Dr. Eke’s stay at UGA is part of a new program supported by the Max Kade Foundation, which has been in existence since 2015 and allows us to bring a distinguished German scholar to campus once a year.


Dr. Norbert Otto Eke with his Graduate Seminar Class

Werner Fritsch was invited to campus to read from his play Nico – Sphinx of Ice and to introduce the screening of his ambitious film project, the cinematic poem Faust Sonnengesang. Fritsch’s play focuses on the relationship between the German model, actress and singer Nico—of the Velvet Underground—and her one-time lover Jim Morrison. In a reversal of the Orpheus myth, Nico here evokes the dead Morrison as source and inspiration for her own artistic growth. The reading was accompanied by a remarkable 25-minute image and sound installation created by three graduate students working for UGA’s center Ideas for Creative Exploration. They were excited to have the opportunity to talk to the author himself after they had engaged with his work. Fritsch’s visit was topped off with the Friday screening of his cinematic poem, whose title alludes to Goethe’s seminal play Faust. In his film poem, Fritsch uses the Faustian moment of self-fulfillment as a starting point, attempting to extend into a sequence of images and words that encourage the viewers to find meaning and beauty in their own associations with Fritsch’s Song of the Sun.

And it was, indeed, a very special moment when following the screening, students, faculty members, the distinguished visiting professor and the artist himself talked about the film, the project, life at the university and things to come on that Friday evening in the auditorium of UGA’s Lamar Dodd School of Art. 

Students Earn and Learn in Germany

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Since 2012, 19 students from UGA’s department of Germanic & Slavic Studies have participated and worked in a variety of fields through the AmCham Bridgehouse Law internship program.  This year, three German students have secured paid internships in Germany for the summer:  Brittney Velasquez will work for McDonald’s Deutschland in Munich in their financial division; Kailyn Laporte will intern with Enviacon- the Indiana Economic Development Corporation in Berlin; and Jessica Hutcheson will intern with One Square Advisors in Munich (financial planning/consulting).  

AmCham Bridgehouse Law’s mission statement reads: “As students will be working in a business environment, daily interactions with leading international firms will enable students to gain a better insight into the German economy, sharpen and improve their German language skills and engage with cross-cultural challenges helping to cultivate a better transatlantic repertoire between the United States and Germany.” Their website can be viewed here:

Natalie Williams, a biochemical engineering student in the UGA German/Engineering Dual Degree Program, is the first in the program to study for a semester at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.  With a generous grant from The Halle Foundation, Natalie was able to participate in an intensive four-week German language course in Bonn in preparation for her studies at KIT.   Starting in March, she will spend a second semester as an intern at Merck KGaA, one of the largest German pharmaceutical companies. 

Two more German/engineering students from UGA are headed to Karlsruhe in the fall for intensive language study, and one MA student will travel to Rostock for a summer semester of study with funding from The Halle Foundation.  This support, along with grants from the Max Kade Foundation and support from alumni and other donors has made study abroad a reality for a large percentage of GSS students.

Russian Lecture Series

This semester, Dr. Alexander Spektor, assistant professors of Russian, began teaching a new course: 20th Century Russian Culture – The Soviet Experiment (RUSS 2050). In this course, students examine aspects of high culture (literature, art, architecture, and classical music) and as well as aspects of low, or popular, culture (film, popular music, and other aspects of daily life). These topics are studied within the framework of the historical and political development of the period. To accentuate this theme of modern Russian culture, Dr. Spektor  invited several guest speakers to give presentations on relevant subjects.

The first was Dr. Stuart Goldberg (Georgia Tech), who delivered a talk entitled, “Your Mistress or Mine: Briusov, Blok, and the Boundaries of Poetic ‘Propriety,’” which depicted the poetic rivalry between the two major poets of the Silver Age: Valery Briusov and Aleksandr Blok. The second guest speaker was David Haas from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at UGA.  Dr. Haas led a discussion about Russian avant-garde music.

In addition to in-class speakers, Dr. Spektor also hosted relevant-themed discussions in the Miller Learning Center. These after-class events were open to the public. The first of these lecturers, Yuri Savel’ev of Moscow, spoke about Stalinist architecture. Later in the semester, historian Nikolay Koposov (Emory) gave a lecture about the period of the Great Terror in Stalin’s Russia – also known as the Purges.

From poetry to architecture, these guest speakers helped to engage students in the central themes surrounding the course, and in doing so, gave them a deeper understanding of the development of modern day Russian culture.

The Russian faculty also welcomed Laura Olson Osterman (U. Colorado, Boulder) for a talk about the Pomaks of Bulgaria, and the revival of pre-socialist wedding traditions amongst Bulgarian Muslims.

Katherine Opacity Wins CURO Symposium Award

UGA's Center for Undergraduate Reseach Opportunities (CURO) has a simple purpose: to facilitate sustained, progressive, faculty mentored undergraduate research in any discipline. Every year, students submit papers and other research to CURO's Symposium spanning across a myriad of fields including: Life Sciences; Public and International Affairs; Arts, Humanities and Media; Physical and Environmental Sciences; Social Sciences; Business; and Technology, and Engineering and Math. This year, Katherine Opacity, one of our Russian students, won the 2016 CURO Symposium best paper award in Arts, Humanities, and Media Studies for her "Tolstoy's Second Epilogue: On Page and Screen"!

Languages Make the World Go Around

UGA went live with its February Discover feature this week, which has an article on UGA's foreign language programs that includes a section with our department head, Dr. Martin Kagel!

Recognizing the value of foreign language fluency for students pursuing careers in engineering, UGA recently has begun offering a five-year course of study leading to a dual degree in German and one of six engineering fields: mechanical, biological, agricultural, civil, electrical or computer systems.

“Many people erroneously understand language study simply as a way of acquiring requisite linguistic skills. What we offer, however—and because of UGA’s strength in German studies we can—is cultural study that equips students with the skills to negotiate intercultural environments in today’s global economy,” said Martin Kagel, A.G. Steer Professor and head of the department of Germanic and Slavic studies. “Students need deep knowledge and understanding of the culture they are dealing with. When you are sitting at a table with German executives or work in a lab of a German subsidiary here in the U.S., you need to understand how Germans think, how they view the issue, question or product at hand within their own value system and what the implicit expectations are for you.”


The full article can be found at the link below:

Upper Division Course Offerings Spring 2016

GRMN 3010. Language: Culture and Society I. 3 hours

MWF 06 (1:25p – 2:15p), Dr. Katie Chapman

Prerequisite: GRMN 2002 or GRMN 2110 or permission of department

This introductory cultural studies course acquaints you with central social, cultural and political issues of post-war Germany. Our textbook is designed as a course for foreigners wishing to become German citizens. We are therefore becoming familiar with pertinent aspects of German culture from this unique and authentic vantage point. Our course also includes systematic grammar review. This class hones all your language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) while simultaneously teaching cultural content. It is a gateway course structured to prepare you for higher-level German classes.


GRMN 3015. Language: Engineering and Science. 3 hours

MWF 06 (1:25p – 2:15p), Dr. Heide Crawford

Prerequisite: GRMN 2002 or GRMN 2110 or permission of department; Students who have already taken

3010 may not enroll

This course provides advanced and continued study of Germany and the German language from an engineering and science perspective, with a focus on the role and nature of both fields in Germany today. Topics include, for example, the German auto industry, modern German architecture, bio-ethics in Germany, sustainability and German environmental policy. Upon completion of this course, students will be conversant in these topics and in practical aspects of the German university system and workplace, as well as have acquired the cultural soft skills necessary for effective communication in their future abroad and work experiences. Through systematic grammar review and targeted communicative practice, students will also leave the course as more accurate, fluent, and confident speakers of German. Evaluation will be on the basis of in-class discussions of readings, written assignments (including daily grammar homework as well as several written projects), short exams and small-group presentations on topics of student interest. GRMN 3015 is designed to accompany the dual degree in Engineering in German, which the Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies offers in collaboration with the College of Engineering.


GRMN 3020. Language: Culture and Society II. 3 hours

TR 73 (11:00a – 12:15p), Dr. Marjanne Goozé

Prerequisite: GRMN 3010 or GRMN 3070

This content-based course aims to enhance students’ knowledge of contemporary German culture and to improve their German language skills though discussion and conversation, working with texts of various genres, essay writing, vocabulary expansion as well as grammar review and refinement. The course is organized around topics related to national identity, current issues and events, and popular culture. This semester the emphasis will be upon the topic of migration and refugees. Materials will include web-based readings, short fictional texts, films, as well as a longer work of German literature. The Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik (also used in German 3010) will continue to be used. Assessments will include exams, essays, homework (reading/viewing, grammar, vocabulary, study questions), and a class presentation.


 GRMN(LING) 3280. Contrastive Grammar: German - English. 3 hours

TR 72 (9:30a – 10:45a), Dr. Joshua Bousquette

Prerequisite: GRMN 2002

This course focuses on the typological differences between Modern German and Modern English, covering core aspects of syntax, morphology and phonology in a way that is relevant to linguists, language learners and future teachers alike. Drawing on both empirical studies as well as hands-on study of our own speech, this course will provide an introduction to comparative linguistics and a window into the logic behind the so-called 'mistakes' language learners often make. This is a Writing Intensive Course.


GRMN 3830. Children’s and Youth Literature. 3 hours.

MWF 04 (11:15a – 12:05p), Dr. Inge DiBella

Prerequisite: GRMN 3010 or GRMN 3070

The course consists of three parts: an examination of traditional stories, including fairy tales, followed by an analysis of contemporary picture books, and finally a close reading of Michael Ende’s Unendliche Geschichte as a neo-romantic tale. The readings are in roughly chronological order, but we will make frequent cross-connections by looking at counter-movements and tracing influences. We will pay close attention how the notions of childhood, identity and self-realization are constructed and upheld within a specific cultural and historic context. We trace Postman’s argument that the impact of “full-disclosure” media (TV) has effectively caused the concept of childhood to disappear. We will also take a closer look at the market mechanisms that govern the production, distribution, and reception of children’s literature which “does not exist” (Zipes).


GRMN 3850. Introduction to Goethe’s Life and Works. 3 hours.

MWF 07 (2:30p – 3:20p), Dr. Martin Kagel

Prerequisite: GRMN 3010 or GRMN 3070

Taking Goethe's late autobiographical writing Dichtung und Wahrheit as point of departure, this course explores the life and work of Goethe, focusing on dramatic, novelistic, and poetic genres for which he is renowned and considering their aesthetic, historical, and cultural implications. Taught in German; English as necessary. Not open to students who were in Spring 2015 Senior Seminar. 


GRMN 4520. Senior Seminar: Martin Luther und die Deutschen. 3 hours.

MWF 05 (12:20p – 1:10p), Dr. Alexander Sager

Prerequisite: GRMN 3020 or GRMN 3080

2017, which will mark the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, will be the “Luther Year” in Germany, as well as an important commemorative moment for Europe, the United States, and many other places and peoples in the world. This course will explore the figure of Martin Luther in the many dimensions his life and work has had an impact- historically, in religion and spiritual life, on German language, literature and national identity, and on the family in the west. Taught in German with several guest speakers and class sessions in English. 


 FCID 4000. Capstone in Transnational European Studies: Displaced Persons. 3 hours.

TR 76 (3:30p – 4:45p), Dr. Martin Kagel

Prerequisite: FCID 2000 or permission of department - Contact

Broadly designed around the notion of “Displaced Persons,” the course will focus on the representation of the European transnational experience and questions of cultural difference in 20th-century German literature and film. We will read and discuss poems, plays, novels, and essays by authors such as Joseph Berger, Bertolt Brecht, George Tabori, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Yoko Tawada, Herta Müller, and Ghita Schwarz and watch and examine films by directors John Walter, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Fatih Akin and Margarethe von Trotta. A requirement for this class is the completion of a capstone project for the Transnational European Studies minor, the nature of which will be discussed during the first week of class. Taught in English.


RUSS 3002. Russian Conversation and Composition II. 3 hours.

MWF 04 (11:15a – 12:05p), Dr. Olga Thomason

Prerequisite: RUSS 3001

This course is designed to enhance and consolidate students' competence in the four language skill areas (speaking, reading, writing, and listening). The focus is on the comprehension of written texts and oral conversations, writing essays and learning more about contemporary Russian culture. On a regular basis, students make presentations and take part in class and online discussions. A guided review of such challenging grammar areas as motion verbs, impersonal constructions, direct and indirect speech, verbal adjectives and adverbs is incorporated into the course.


RUSS 3300. Introduction to Russian Cinema. 3 hours.

T 75 (2:00p – 3:15p), R 75 – 76 (2:00p – 4:45p), Dr. Charles Byrd

No prerequisites

A discussion-oriented survey of Russian films from the earliest pre-revolutionary moving-picture experiments to the social commentary and gangster fantasies of the current scene. Animated insect puppets; “I am the mechanical eye”; revolutionary montage and epic spectacle; the life, works and influence of Sergei Eisenstein; The Factory of the Eccentric Actor; agit-prop; the new Soviet man; censorship and state sponsorship; images of America and reactions to Hollywood; socialist realism; Stalinist musical comedy; women in Soviet film; Andrei Tarkovsky’s “lyrical cinema”; the glasnost’ era; and today’s film- makers. Taught in English. All films and film clips will be shown with English subtitles.


RUSS 4260. Masterpieces of Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature. 3 hours.

TR 72 (9:30a – 10:45a), Dr. Sasha Spektor

Prerequisite: RUSS 3001

In the nineteenth century, Russia witnessed an unprecedented explosion of literary and intellectual activity, a renaissance which yielded some of the greatest masterpieces world literature has seen. In our course we will read short stories and poems that became part of the Russian literary canon.  Our primary objective is to acquire experience in being able to read, talk and write about literature.  Since different texts will present us with their own specific challenges, we will follow a flexible, rather than a fixed timeline.  Our authors will include Nikolai Karamzin, Alexander Pushkin, Fedor Tiutchev, Evgenii Baratynsky, Mikhail Lermontov, Ivan Turgenev, Afanasy Fet, Nikolai Nekrasov, Fedor Dostoevsky, Lev Tolstoy, and Anton Chekhov.  All readings to be done in Russian.


SLAV 4510/ARHI 4950. The City of Prague: At the Center between East and West. 3 hours.

MWF 07 (2:30p – 3:20p), Dr. Alice Klima

From medieval to contemporary 1mes, many individuals have influenced, shaped, and transformed the city of Prague. We will journey chronologically through the city’s changing urban geography and history, from Prague as the medieval capital of the Holy Roman Empire to current tourist des1na1on. Along the way we will visit Medieval and Baroque emperors, such as Charles IV and Rudolf II, the religious reformer Jan Hus, writers such as Franz KaMa and Milan Kundera, and the dissident-turned-president Václav Havel. We will ask if a city has a personality and how such a personality is constructed? Do the Gothic and Baroque spires of Prague create a mysterious-magical space inhabited by the mythical Golem, alchemists, astrologist, and bohemians? Did the city inspire modern buildings, surrealists, cubists, and forward-thinking poli1cians such Thomáš Garrigue Masaryk in the early-twen1eth century? How did the oppressive totalitarian communist regime (1948-1989) affect the city, and what ignited the Velvet Revolu1on in 1989? What draws us to this city and more importantly what is the history, art, architecture, and literature of this place in Central Europe, between East and West?


LING(SLAV) 4905. Old Church Slavic. 3 hours.

TR 73 (11:00a – 12:15p), Dr. Keith Langston

Prerequisite: Permission of department. Contact Dr. Langston ( if you are interested in taking this course.

An introduction to Old Church Slavic, the earliest written Slavic language. The grammar of Old Church Slavic, reading and translation of texts, and the prehistory of the Slavic language family.

UGA Student Aaron Krask Appears on German Cooking Show

Aaron Krask, a UGA student in German and International Affairs who is currently studying abroad in Nuremberg, Germany, was invited to participate in a Christmas Cooking Special for  Bavarian Television. Check out the video and accompanying article "Gut und günstig: Festtagsmenü mit dem Starkoch" by Thomas Kempe.   In the video, Chef Felix Schneider from the restaurant "Suchness" in Heroldsberg, near Nuremberg, shows Aaron and a friend how to create a festive menu on a tight budget.Aaron Krask.png


German/Engineering Dual Degree

Starting Fall semester 2015, UGA will offer a new Dual Degree in German and Engineering. The program, was approved by the University Council on April 22.

The five-year program will include a semester of study at one of Germany’s top technical universities, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), followed by a semester-long internship with a German company abroad. 

“Combining high quality engineering education offered at UGA with the cultural literacy provided by the German major will make for well-educated, highly employable graduates who possess excellent job, foreign language and cultural soft skills,” said Dr. Martin Kagel, professor and head of the department of Germanic & Slavic Studies. 

For more information please follow this link or contact Dr. Katie Chapman ( or Dr. David Stooksbury ( 

McKinley Alden

McKinley Alden wins Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in Bulgaria

McKinley Alden, a 2015 UGA graduate who majored in Germanic & Slavic Languages and Linguistics, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Bulgaria for  the 2015-16 academic year. The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs place Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETA’s help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. The Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies has had numerous graduates selected for the Fulbright program, including most recently, Al Byrnes (M.A. German, 2015), DeeAnn Cantrell (B.A. German, 2014), Carlos Burse (M.A. German, 2014), and Emily Gauld (M.A. German, 2014).


Two GSS Students Win Boren Scholarships

Congratulations to GSS students Cecelia Kuehnel and Katie Mann, who have been awarded Boren Scholarships to travel and study in areas critical to U.S. interests. 

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GSS 2016 Spring Course Offerings

Spring 2016 Courses

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