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Requirements for Majors
Requirements for Minors
Certificate in German
Distinction in German
Study Abroad

New! German Club
New! Delta Phi Alpha
New! Summer in Leipzig


Leipzig Summer German Program Information


Sara Sequin
Assistant Director
Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses
Temple University
200 Tuttleman Learning Center
1809 N 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
tel: 215-204-0726
fax: 215-204-0729


German Studies at Temple University


Contact Persons:

Louis S. Mangione, Ph.D., Department Chair

537 Anderson


Margaret K. Devinney, Ph.D. Professor Ermerita

Istvan Varkonyi, Ph.D.

Director of the GenEd Program; Professor of German

500 Conwell Hall

Patricia MELZER, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (tenure-track)

528 Anderson


Anthony WASKIE, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (Teaching/Instructional)
Advisor and German Studies Coordinator

513 Anderson




529 Anderson


529 Anderson

Karen PURDY, Ph.D.

529 Anderson

Suzana Volquarts
529 Anderson

Beata Swoboda
529 Anderson



Renate Losoncy

529 Anderson



When you choose to study German at Temple you have the following options to choose from:

  • Major in German
  • Double Major in German with another subject Major
  • Minor in German
  • Obtain a Foreign Language Certificate in German
  • Semester or year Study Abroad in Hamburg or Tuebingen
  • Summer Intensive Program in Leipzig
  • Temple German Society
  • Temple University Chapter - Delta Phi Alpha National Honorary German Society



Any one of these options will prepare you with the tools you will need to succeed in an increasingly multicultural society.

If your question is not answered by this website please feel free to contact us.

Description of German Studies at Temple 

Our Department has been 'im Aufschwung' (on the upsurge) lately, adding many new students, as majors, minors, certificate candidates, etc..Recently we completely revised our curriculum, revising most of the courses, adding some new, exciting offerings, and, generally modernizing the inventory.

Our thrust in all courses is a communicative approach with emphasis on speaking and comprehension, but with appropriate use of the reading, interpretation, writing and research skills.We try to employ technology as much as possible to support teaching and learning, thus a heavy emphasis on the use of our Blackboard course management system.

In addition to a state-of-the-art curriculum, we have a very broad array of extra-curricular activities to expand the program for any interested student:

Delta Phi Alpha Chapter Nation Honorary German Society with over 30 members

Temple University German Society - TUGS (active pursuit of German Language & Culture outside the classroom

Temple in Leipzig Summer Intensive German Program at the InterDaf am Herder Institut of the University of Leipzig..We have enjoyed seven (7) successful years.

We feature Semester or Year study abroad programs at either University of Hamburg or Tuebingen;

Peer teaching for interested advanced students (they participate as a TA or student-teacher = Referendar/innen in the course);

many on and off campus projects and activities.

We have had again this past year a number of scholarship and assistantship recipients in German, as well as several Fulbright post graduate assistantships in Germany; a dozen major scholarship recipients, including: the yearly Delta Phi Alpha National scholarship, German Society of PA scholarships, University scholarships, etc....

As you can see we have been very successful here in the last few years in promoting the program, attracting top flight students, and reaching the highest levels of achievement.Our staff, although small right now, is outstanding and has proven itself adept particularly with the basic courses and helping students to reach the highest levels of proficiency, but with admirable academic credentials.

German Co-Chair is Prof. Margaret Devinney (just published on German Mythology)

Prof. Istvan Varkonyi (now director of the Temple 'Gen-Ed' Program) is noted for his expertise in Central European Language, Literature & Culture
Prof. Anthony Waskie a graduate of NYU, with study in Marburg, Salzburg, Prague (Charles University) expertise in Germanistik, Slawistik; 2nd Language Acquisition; along with experience in public education; and government service. Prof. Prof. Patricia Melzer is a native of Germany and shares time with the Women's Studies

Prof. Katrin Holzhaus is a graduate of Leipzig University herself, a native of Chemnitz with a specialty in 2nd Language Education

Prof. Stella Gevorgyan-Ninness is a Ph.D.graduate of Bamberg University; Prof. Karen Purdy; and Prof.Lusi McKinley are appointees as Adjunct Professor.

We do feature a department web site, which is periodically updated. We have also established a Temple German Listserv Forum to pass along updates on activities and on German Culture & Life in general. If anyone would like, they could be added to this site, and could always delete themselves at any time.

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We hope this brief description will serve to answer questions about the Temple German Department.

German Immigrant and retired Physician Dr. Ludwig Schlitt visited the German Culture & Civilization II Class on 12/3/08 to discuss his experiences and recollections of life in Germany during the National Socialist period and World War II and his military service in the Luftwaffe.

left to right: Armin Pop; Prof. Waskie (instructor); Thomas Golanoski; Alyssa Wegener (Dr. Schlitt family friend); Alisha Balimoria; Andrew Heiss


Department of French, German, Italian, and Slavic Languages
Anderson Hall 525 | 1114 West Berks Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122-6090
tel: 215-204-1760 ~ fax: 215-204-7752 ~ email: