The Department of Germanic Languages offers an array of courses in languages, literatures, and cultures. The broad range of studies offers training in specialized fields such as film, linguistics, and critical theory. The graduate program offers Master of Arts and PhD degrees.

The Departments of French, Germanic, and Italian and the Scandinavian Section in the UCLA Division of Humanities are in the process of establishing a new Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies (ELTS). We continue to accept candidates for our 3 Ph.D. degrees (French and Francophone Studies, Germanic, Italian) and our 3 terminal M.A. degrees (Germanic, Italian, Scandinavian), but are also complementing our existing programs with a broad range of opportunities that we believe will further enhance the experience of graduate education on our global campus. These include:

  • a new Methodology and Professionalization Proseminar offered to all incoming students
  • participation in our annual graduate student conference (see the most recent “Porosity and Reciprocity” conference, October 24-25, 2019,
  • expanded courses and mentorship thanks to an ongoing ambitious multi-year initiative to attract new faculty. Recent new hires include Dr. Kalani Michell ( and Dr. Cécile Guédon (]).
  • expertise in transcultural and transnational European contexts
  • faculty working in literary studies, visual culture, film and media studies, the experimental humanities (digital / environmental / medical / urban humanities), and on critical thought and issues related to translation, diaspora and race, ethnic and religious minorities, migratory movements, and gender/sexuality.