About Our Department
Thank you for your interest our department and its programs. The information available on this website should answer most of your questions about our activities and offerings. Please feel free to contact the department should you have additional questions.
History of the Department
The study of Germanic Languages and Literatures has enjoyed a long tradition of excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Instruction in German first became a permanent part of the curriculum in 1857, and by 1915, more students were studying German at Carolina than any other modern language. By the 1930s the former Department of Germanic Languages was offering M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, and in the summer of 1962 the department took up residence in what was then a brand-new Dey Hall, moving into its current quarters after the 1969 expansion of the building. In August 2008, we entereed into what we expect will be a permanent collaboration with Duke’s German faculty to create the Carolina-Duke PhD in German Studies, the first public-private partnership of its kind in the US.
Slavic Languages and Literatures, one of the oldest programs in Slavic in the southern United States, first offered courses leading to a graduate degree in 1965. The former unit was founded as a true Slavic department (rather than as a Russian department), and our faculty maintains a Slavic and East European profile with an extraordinary range of regional and disciplinary expertise. And we are closely linked with the UNC-Duke Title VI Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies.
Our Department Today
Beginning on July 1, 2011, Germanic and Slavic merged to form GSLL, a larger unit with a more streamlined administrative structure. With over 100 undergraduate majors and minors, and currently more than 40 graduate students, GSLL makes a central contribution to the work of the College of Arts and Sciences. Every year, more than 1,300 students at Carolina take courses offered by our unit. Our 18 permanent faculty members contribute to the liberal education of Carolina undergraduates by training them in the vital skills of analysis, interpretation and logical argument, while at the same time introducing them to the languages, literatures and cultures of central, northern, and eastern Europe and northern Asia. At the graduate level we provide an academic environment that encourages interdisciplinary work and innovative scholarship while placing particular importance on the role of teaching.
Located in North Carolina's Triangle area, a flourishing center for education and business in the Southeast, GSLL also provides its students access to courses and libraries at nearby universities, and internship/employment opportunities in the Research Triangle Park.
Our Commitment to Diversity
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including GSLL, is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community and to ensuring that educational and employment decisions are based on individuals’ abilities and qualifications. It is our policy not to discriminate in offering access to educational programs and activities or with respect to employment terms and conditions on the basis of age, gender, race, color, national origin, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status or sexual orientation. For more information on the University’s policy on non-discrimination, please go to http://www.unc.edu/campus/policies/nondiscrim.html.