Department of German and Russian, 1972-1987


In 1972, the Department of German, which had begun administering the Russian program in the 1967-1968 academic year changed its name to the Department of German and Russian. While the department chiefly focused on German and Russian, courses in Hebrew and Arabic were also offered. The Department of German and Russian enabled students to practice and refine their German and Russian language skills outside the classroom by providing support for German and Russian language dormitories. The Department also offered a study-abroad program.

History of Department of German and Russian

In 1972, the Department of German, which had begun administering the Russian program in the 1967-1968 academic year changed its name to the Department of German and Russian. Focusing primarily on German and Russian, the department also offered courses in Hebrew and Arabic. Additionally, the department offered a substantial number of courses on German as well as on Russian literature in English in order to make the subject matter accessible to non-major students.

The Department of German and Russian enabled students to practice and refine their German and Russian language skills outside the classroom by providing support for German and Russian language dormitories. The German House and the Russian House hosted social and cultural activities designed to promote students' language proficiencies and further their cultural literacy. The Department also offered a study-abroad program, known as Tufts-in-Tuebingen for German majors and for students with a high level of German language proficiency.

The Department hosted a graduate program leading towards a masters of arts degree in German. Two courses of study were made available to accepted applicants. Students could choose to study for one year in Tuebingen followed by one year on the Tufts campus in Medford, MA. Alternately, students could opt to complete the entirety of their academic program on the Tufts campus in Medford. By the 1987-1988 academic year, the Department of German and Russian became the Department of German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literatures.

Notable members:

  • Gittleman, Sol