The Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989

Class of 2017

Congratulations to all German Studies students who graduated on Sunday, May 21!

Special recognition to Xinyi Du, who received the Dr. Eberhard Frey Prize for excellence in Comparative Literature and Culture, European Cultural Studies, and German Studies!

5th Annual International Video Competition

Congratulations to the students in GER 20B: Continuing German, who won first place in the 5th Annual International Video Competition on Tuesday, April 25!

Title: Bobrat (watch the video)

Participants: Cam Braunstein '19, Julia Haynes '20, Arianna Unger '18, Libby Williams '20

Instructor: Kathrin Seidl

Learn more about the International Video Competition and see past winners on the Foreign Language Oversight Committee (FLOC) website.


What was Dada? Why is Goethe's "Faust" so important? What was the relationship between "Bauhaus" and the Nazi regime? What is the "New German cinema?" Who were the German Expressionists? Was Kafka Czech or German? These and many more questions are addressed in courses in German language and literature at Brandeis.

We offer students the unique opportunity to study the German language in its cultural context, with strong emphasis on literature, film, and cultural history. Students are encouraged to study abroad and participate in the many cocurricular offerings by the Center for German and European Studies.