University of California, Berkeley


The Department of German offers language and literature classes in German, Dutch, and Yiddish, as well as breadth requirement courses (taught in English) on German philosophy, linguistics, political culture, and cinema. The department's degree options include an undergraduate major, a minor, and a PhD. Our renowned doctoral program is affiliated with the departments of Comparative Literature and Film and Media, the Program in Medieval Studies, and the Graduate Group in Critical Theory.

Both the size and diversity of our program allow us to balance thorough coverage of the basics with innovative thinking aimed at crossing borders. We have the critical mass to let our students explore interests outside the department and study with established experts. In these courses, our graduate students interact with students from across campus by all accounts a most beneficial experience. For the last half century, the Berkeley German department has consistently been recognized as one of the premier programs in the United States.

Other Department Resources

TRANSIT journal is published by the department and affiliated with the Multicultural Germany Project. With a focus on the German-speaking world, our journal invites critical work on a wide range of topics, from translations to travelogues and other forms of cultural transfer.

Undergraduate Programs

Dutch Studies: BA, Minor
German: BA, Minor

Graduate Program

Dutch Studies: Designated Emphasis (DE) offered through the Graduate Group in Dutch Studies
German: PhD

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Contact Information

Department of German

5319 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-7445

Fax: 510-642-3243

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Department Chair

Professor Karen Feldman, PhD

5325 Dwinelle Hall

Undergraduate Academic Student Advisor

Nadia Samadi, BA

5311 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-7445

Graduate Student Affairs Officer

Andrea Rapport

5307 Dwinelle Hall

Head Graduate Advisor

Chenxi Tang

5331 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 5331 Dwinelle Hall

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