German, Romance Languages Departments to
The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences announced last
week the merger of the Department of
German with the
Romance Languages and Literatures, effective July 1.
The combined unit will be called the Department of German
and Romance Languages and Literatures.
Adam Falk, the James B. Knapp Dean of the school, said
that the consolidation of the departments, in keeping with
the interdisciplinary traditions of Johns Hopkins, will
further strengthen graduate and undergraduate teaching and
enhance research, particularly through increased
opportunities for collaboration. "We expect all four of the
department's graduate programs — in German, Spanish,
French and Italian — to flourish within this new
administrative structure," Falk said, adding that the
arrangement will allow the Dean's Office to better support
the students, faculty and programs within the
Stephen G. Nichols will chair the department.
Nichols, the James M. Beall Professor of French, calls
the move a dynamic initiative. "It will allow us to
undertake programs we've never been able to offer and to
create the momentum to attract top people," he said.
Nichols, who joined the faculty in 1992, was
instrumental in the 1999 merger of the French and Hispanic
and Italian Studies departments, which became the
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.
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