Department of Germanic
and Slavic Studies

Newcomb Hall 305
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118

Phone: 504-865-5276
Fax: 504-865-5277

Photos thanks to
Professor Brumfield
and A. Carr.


Meet our May 2016 German graduates

Jennie Barker (German Major):

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Fulbright English Teaching Award in Hamburg for 2016-2017

"I began learning German in high school, and I continued with my study of the language as a German major at Tulane. My primary major is international relations, and, given my interest in the politics of the EU, being able to speak German has opened up multiple avenues for me that would have otherwise been closed. For example, I spent the spring semester of my junior year studying abroad in Berlin, and, because of my German language skills, I was able to intern in the International Department of Die Linke, a German political party. I was also able to take German-language classes at Humboldt University in Berlin, so I was truly able to live as a 'Berliner' for six months! Yet speaking German also helped me in unconventional ways. I wrote my senior honors thesis on a topic about human rights in Turkey, which at first glance does not seem related to Germany at all. Because so many people of Turkish origin live in Berlin, however, I was able to both establish contacts and use German-language media as sources for my thesis. Knowing German has been helpful to my undergraduate studies and will continue to be helpful as I pursue my post-graduate career."


Nicholas Ballou (German Minor): 



“I picked up German in high school after getting frustrated with French, a language in which one first learns a rule and then learns roughly twenty exceptions to said rule. German, of course, is rather the opposite in how strictly it adheres to grammar rules, and that’s something that really suited me. I continued to develop my language skills here at Tulane and got to put them to full use during a study abroad semester in Berlin (Fall 2014); it was this experience in the German-speaking part of the world that has led me to accept an Au Pair position right outside Wien (Vienna) starting in July of this year. “

Kelsey LaCourrege (German Minor):

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"Minoring in German at Tulane has allowed me to develop my practical language skills to prepare me for diverse professional experiences in the German speaking world. I completed a diplomatic internship with the U.S. Department of State in Vienna, Austria in 2014. This past summer in 2015, I conducted biomedical research in Rostock, Germany through a DAAD grant. Following graduation, I will return to Vienna for a year on a Fulbright Study/Community Service Grant (it's a three part grant that includes an English teaching assistantship, community service project, and coursework. I framed the grant as a public health project: for the community service portion I'll be working with socially-isolated elderly individuals, and I'll be taking public health coursework).  After my year in Vienna I will return to New Orleans and begin a MD/MPH program." 

James Newton (German Minor):


"Arriving at Tulane in the fall of 2012, the German language was completely foreign to me. My four years in the department have served me well, and I feel prepared for future engagement with German language and culture. The program has opened up new intellectual avenues, allowing me center my art historical education on the material culture of Germany and the Low Countries during the early modern period. In the fall, I will depart for Lille, which lies in the French portion of Flanders, to teach English for a year through the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF), a French government fellowship."


John Supik (German Minor):

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 "I was at first apprehensive about minoring in a language, but the German professors were so helpful and course offerings so interesting, that I stayed and even studied abroad in Berlin. Next year I will be attending George Washington Law School, focusing on international law which I became interested in while abroad."


The Russian Book Prize for Achievement in the Russian Language
The Russian Book Prize for Achievement in the Russian Language is awarded annually to the Russian major or minor with the highest achievement.

Previous Russian Book Prize Recipients

The John T. Krumpelmann Award for Excellence in German
The John T. Krumpelmann Fund was established in 1970 by the faculty of Germanic and Slavic Studies. The income generated by this fund is dedicated to the advancement of the study of Germanic Studies at Tulane University.”

Previous Krumpelmann Award Recipients


The Sally Reed Atkins Award for Study in Germany
The Sally Reed Atkins Award is awarded to a female student with an outstanding scholastic record for study in Germany. The recipient will have entered Newcomb-Tulane College as a freshman and studied the German language and literature seriously. It is not required that German is her major subject, only that she wishes to pursue the study of the language further.

Previous Sally Reed Atkins Award Recipients


The Ann Royal Arthur Memorial Award in German
The Ann Royal Arthur Memorial Award in German was established in 1987 in memory of Professor Ann Royal Arthur of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies. It is awarded to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to the study of German.

Previous Ann Royal Arthur Award Recipients



The department strongly encourages students to join the Epsilon Zeta chapter of Delta Phi Alpha, the German National Honorary Society. Students are eligible to join if they have at least two years of university-level German courses or their equivalent; a minimum overall GPA of 3.0; a minimum German GPA of 3.5; and a continued interest in the study of German language and culture.

Members of the German National Honorary Society


Tulane U., Dept. of Germanic & Slavic Studies, Newcomb Hall 305, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5276