MA: MA and PhD programs. Openings and Teaching Fellowships for 2021-22, University of Oregon (15.01.2021)

Jeffrey Librett Discussion

The Department of German and Scandinavian at the University of Oregon welcomes applicants for graduate study beginning in Fall 2021,

working towards either the MA or the PhD.  

Our program focuses primarily on modernity from the 18th century forward (with particular strengths in Romanticism, Modernism, and Contemporary literature, culture, and theory).  We approach German language, literature, and cultural history from an international, comparatist, and theoretically informed perspective.  Several faculty members cross between German and Scandinavian letters, and students may opt for an individualized program combining German with Scandinavian Studies.  The newly revised Core (instituted in Fall 2020) contains two sequences of three courses each: the "Interpretive Paradigms" sequence (with courses in "Form and Structure"; "Gender, Race, Class, Nation"; and "Subject, Mind, Consciousness") and the "Mediations" sequence (with courses in "Translations/Transformations"; "Environment and Text"; and "Photography, Film, Video, Electronic Media").  We maintain strong relationships with our colleagues in the Departments of Philosophy, History, Comparative Literature, Folklore, Medieval Studies, Judaic Studies, Cinema Studies, Art History and Music, and we encourage our Graduate students to take additional courses in these areas.  Further, we have exchange relationships with the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and the Universität Zürich, which provide rich opportunities for study in German-speaking lands. 

We are the home of the online journal Konturen (, which publishes one special issue per year based on the annual conference of the interdisciplinary German-Scandinavian Studies Committee at the UO, and (starting in 2021) one special issue per year in coordination with the German Studies Association (GSA), based on the Seminar program at the annual GSA conference.  PhD students have the opportunity to serve in a rotating Assistant Editorship that provides them with experience in managing a scholarly journal.  

Students holding a BA (or currently completing it) can apply either to the two-year MA program or directly to the PhD program.  Students admitted to the PhD program with a BA will do three years of graded coursework plus exams and dissertation.  Those entering with an appropriate MA in hand will complete one year of graded coursework before proceeding to exams and the dissertation.  We guarantee two years of full support for candidates in the MA program through Graduate Teaching Fellowships and, for candidates in the PhD program, three years (if they enter with an MA) or five years (if they enter with a BA).  Extensions of this time are possible (and in fact usually granted).  Monthly compensation for teaching fellows, which is adequate given the moderate cost of living in Eugene, is often increased through supplemental scholarships awarded by the Department.  The university also covers tuition and provides strong health benefits.   Research over the summers is funded through scholarships and teaching.  Exceptionally qualified applicants may be nominated for the campus-wide competitive Raymund Fellowship program, which provides an additional $5000 of support without any teaching obligation in the first year. 

Teaching Fellows in our Department receive thorough hands-on training in the pedagogies and philosophies of foreign language teaching while teaching one course per term in our undergraduate language program, or while running their own discussion sections for a larger lecture course.  Students in the PhD program have the option of obtaining an additional Graduate Certificate to further enhance their intellectual development and their professional profile; the university currently offers Certificates in Translation Studies, Women's and Gender and Sexuality Studies, Nonprofit Management, and New Media and Culture, among others.  

The priority application deadline for admission in Fall 2021 is January 15, 2021. Later applications will be considered for as long as open positions remain.  Admission requirements are published on our website (for the MA program:; for the PhD program:  

With any and all questions about the program and/or the application process, please contact: 

Jeffrey S. Librett

Professor of German

Director of Graduate Studies

Phone: 541-521-2484





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