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Information regarding future TestDAF dates will be posted as information becomes available.
note: the Department does not administer Test AS or any other tests. Only the TestDAF is administered once per year.


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The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures expresses its full support for President Drake’s statement from 29 May concerning recent events that have unfolded in the wake of the unnecessary death of George Floyd in Minnesota. We acknowledge with our University President that it is our task as educators and citizens to create a different future in which such tragedies are no longer possible. We affirm our support for African-American members of the Ohio State community and our commitment to diversity and inclusion at all levels of the University.

Robert C. Holub, Chair, Germanic Languages and Literatures on behalf of the executive committee


Recent News

February 9, 2021

We congratulate May Mergenthaler, Associate Professor in the department, who has been accepted as fellow of the Akademie für Lyrikkritik at the Haus für Poesie in Berlin for the first 6 months of…

January 29, 2021

Characters before Copyright: The Rise and Regulation of Fan Fiction in Eighteenth-Century Germany, published by Oxford University Press, was selected from a shortlist of seven excellent academic…

January 22, 2021

When Dani Blumenfeld, a junior marketing student in the Fisher College of Business, took over as co-president of German Club last year, she faced the unexpected challenge of figuring out how to…

December 21, 2020

Kevin Richards has been recognized as a Buckeye Access All-Star by a student served by Student Life Disability Services. Congratulations and thank you, Kevin!

Cheryl L. Lyons, Director of…

People Directory

Merrill Kaplan
Associate Professor and Director of Scandinavian Studies
Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm
Professor, Director of Undergraduate German Language Instruction
Andy Spencer
Undergraduate Advising Coordinator
Paul Reitter
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies