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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



TestDAF - the spring 2020 TestDAF at Ohio State has been cancelled.

Information regarding the autumn semester TestDAF 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.

Upcoming Events

September 16, 2020
time and place (and format!) TBD
October 6, 2020
time and place (and format!) TBD
October 24, 2020
The Blackwell / Pfahl Conference Center, 2110 Tuttle Park Place

Recent News

July 1, 2020

Congratulations to May Mergenthaler, Associate Professor, who has received an 18-month Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers!

She will use the fellowship to…

June 24, 2020

Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm, Professor, Germanic Languages and Literatures, has published together with Emma Betz (University of Waterloo) and Peter Golato (Texas State University) the volume…

May 8, 2020

Professor Matthew Birkhold has won a 2020 Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award. Congratulations!

He was nominated for the award by Dieter Cunz award-winning senior Elena…

May 7, 2020

Congratulations to Caleb Davis, who has passed his MA exam. 

In his thesis, Caleb wrote about the role of nationalist narratives in commemorative monuments of the mythic character…

People Directory

Andy Spencer
Undergraduate Advising Coordinator
Merrill Kaplan
Associate Professor and Director of Scandinavian Studies
Paul Reitter
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Robert C. Holub
Ohio Eminent Scholar, Professor, and Chair