Mark Ferguson

Mark Ferguson

Senior Lecturer in German
Program Director, Junior Year in Munich

313-577-4605 (JYM office)

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Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (CMLLC)

Dr. Mark Ferguson joined WSU in 1991 and was Senior Lecturer in German in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and had been JYM's Program Director 1995-2020.

Dr. Ferguson is originally from Wisconsin. His passion for education abroad began when he participated in the American Field Service (AFS) program to Thailand while in high school. Throughout his college career – both undergraduate and graduate – he gained extensive international experience by living, studying, working and teaching in Europe (Paris, Berlin, Mainz, Bonn, Duisburg, Essen). As an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison he studied in Germany with Wayne State's Junior Year in Freiburg program 1976-77.

Before coming to Detroit in 1991, he taught German literature at the Universität Essen in Germany and at Bates College, Maine.

In addition to directing the JYM program, Dr. Ferguson taught a wide range of German courses in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, e.g. Intermediate German language, Proseminar in German Studies, 18th Century Literature and Culture, Modernism, Expressionism, German Film.

Dr. Ferguson is a member the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), the German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest – MI Chapter, The Forum on Education Abroad, BMW Herbert Quandt Foundation Transatlantic Forum, New Traditions Network (Berlin), and author of Study Abroad Europe: A Workbook (2013).

In 2018 he was honored by an alumnus of the Junior Year in Munich program who created an endowed JYM support fund: The Dr. Hans-Peter Söder and Dr. Mark Ferguson Next Generation JYM Endowed Fund.


  • Ph.D., German, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993
  • M.A., German, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1981
  • B.A., German and History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1980

Awards and grants

  • Goldener Engel Award from the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for the State of Michigan (2010)

    WSU College of Liberal Arts Teaching Award (1996)

    WSU Humanities Center Grant: “Jazz & Conspiracy: Americana through European Eyes.” Co-authored with Dept. of English & American Studies, and School of Music, $4000 (2004)

    WSU College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association Grant to support JYM 50th Anniversary Reunion, $3500 (2002)

    Global Grant from WSU Office of Global Education to expand WSU and national faculty involvement with JYM, $5000 (2001)

    WSU Small Research Grant: “Early Cinema in the Ruhrgebiet.” $650 (1995)

    WSU Educational Development Grant: “Interactive Video and the Teaching of Culture.” $2000 (1992)


Selected publications

Study Abroad Europe: A Workbook (2013). Charleston SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 146 pages. Reviewed in Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching of German 46.2 (Fall 2013): 283-4.

“75 Years of the Junior Year in Munich.” Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching of German 40.2 (Fall 2007): 124-132.

Courses taught

GER 1010, Elementary German I
GER 2010  Intermediate German I
GER 2020, Intermediate German II
GER 2100, German for Business and Industry
GER 2710, Resistance, Rebellion, Revolution: Transitional Moments in German Culture and History (online)
GER 2710, Resistance, Rebellion, Revolution: Transitional Moments in German Culture and History
GER 2710, Survey of German Culture I
GER 2720, Survey of German Culture II
GER 3100, Intermediate Composition & Conversation
GER 4100, Introduction to German Studies
GER 4600, Proseminar in German Studies
GER 5100, Advanced Composition and Conversation
GER 6100, Critical Approaches to German Studies
GER 5350, German Film
GER 5400, Cultural Studies and Criticism
GER 5720 Eighteenth Century German Literature and Culture
GER 5770, Modernism
GER 5790, Topics in German Studies: Expressionism
GER 5900, Directed Study
SLA 3700, The Changing Face of Europe
HON 4260, Honors Seminar: The City and Modernity
GER 577 From Naturalism to the End of the Weimar Republic
GER 672 The Age of Enlightenment