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The Department of German and Russian at UVM offers a small but excellent graduate program in German leading to the M.A. degree. It is one of the few German M.A. programs available in the Northeastern United States, and generally draws students from Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York, but attracts students from other areas as well.

All major areas of German literature and philology from the Middle Ages to the present are covered, and we are particularly strong in the Age of Goethe and Romanticism, the 19th and 20th centuries, German Folklore, Proverbs, Exile Literature, and Austrian Literature. A thesis is required for completion of the M.A. degree in German.

  • Admissions Requirements

    The requirements for admission to graduate studies in German in the Department of German and Russian are: an undergraduate degree in German, including a year course in German literature and a year course in advanced composition and conversation, or the equivalent. Also required are satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination general (aptitude) section.

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Past German M.A. Thesis Topics

A thesis, written in German or in English, is required for completion of the M.A. degree in German. This short selection of past theses illustrate the wide range of scholarship in the department:
  • "Mit Haut und Haar." Sprichwoertliches in der Lyrik Gisela Steineckerts, by Annegret Schmitt-Johnson (2008).
  • From Pumpkin to Hazelnut: A Comparative Study of the "Cinderella" Fairy Tale, by Lucie Srostlik (2007).
  • "Andre Laender, andre Sprachen". Die Exilerfarhrung Jimmy Bergs im Spiegel seiner sprichwoertlichen Kabarett-Dichtung," by Gabriele Wurmitzer (2004).
  • "Mir ist zuweilen so als ob das Herz in mir zerbracht": Leben und Werk Mascha Kalekos im Spiegel ihrer sprichwoertlichen Dichtung, by Andreas Nolte (2003).
  • "Auch von Sprichwoertern lebt der Mensch": Der Gebrauch von biblischen Sprichwoertern in der modernen deutschsprachigen Lyrik," by Alena D'Aran (2001).
  • "Des volkes Stimme ist auch eine Stimme": Zur Sprichwoertlichkeit in Carl Zuckmayers Dramen "Der Froehliche Weinberg," "Der Hauptmann von Koepenick", und "Des Teufels General", by Ilka Maria Pritchard (2001).