Welcome to Germanic, Slavic & Semitic Studies!
The philosopher Franz Rosenzweig once wrote that as many languages one speaks, as many times one is a human being.
Our mission is to teach German, Russian and Modern Hebrew, and to research and teach the literatures and cultures of the peoples living in these languages. We offer classes that address the highly complex histories and cultures of German speaking countries, Slavic countries and of modern Israel. While our classes are steeped in the histories of these different literatures and cultures, our faculty believes that studying the past has an impact on the present, and that studying the diversity of literatures helps our students understand the present in its complexity and with the many challenges of a globalized world.