German & German Studies Degree Requirements

To major in German, you must complete the first two years of German, that is, GERM 100, 110, 200 and 210.* You then need another 30 credits ( = 10 courses) in the third and fourth year. These 30 credits are made up of the following:

  • third-year German [GERM 300 and 310] and fourth-year German [GERM 400 and 410], which amounts to 12 credits.
  • one of each of the following pairs: GERM 360/370 - GERM 380/390 - GERM 406/408, which amounts to 9 credits
  •  the remaining 9 credits (= 3 courses) are up to you. You can choose any 300- or 400-level GERM course, with the exception of GERM 433 and 434. You can take two of our courses that are taught in English (GERM 301, 302, 303, 304, 403, 411 and/or 412). The two courses taught in English can also be any two of our third- or fourth-year SCAN or CENS courses (for example, Danish or Swedish language courses, Baltic literature or Nordic Epic, Scandinavian drama or Holocaust literature).

 

To complete an honours degree in German, must complete the first two years of German, that is, GERM 100, 110, 200 and 210.* You then complete the major requirements (see above). In addition, you must:

  • take a social science, history or Modern European Studies course with German content;
  • take one course (= 3 credits) in another language;
  • either take two 6-credit honours tutorials (GERM 339 and 439) or take one 6-credit honours tutorial (GERM 339 or 439) and write an honours thesis (GERM 449, also 6 credits).

*If you have prior knowledge of German you can skip the lower language courses and enter our stream at a level which is appropriate to you. If you skip first and/or second-year German, you must make up those credits in another department (in our department, you could take CENS 201 and CENS 202). If you also skip third- and/or fourth-year German, you must make up those credits in our department. You can only skip language courses with the official permission of the department.

To minor in German you must complete the first two years of German, that is, GERM 100, 110, 200 and 210. You then need another 18 credits (= 6 courses) in the third and fourth year. These 18 credits are made up of the following:

  • third-year German [GERM 300 and 310].
  • the remaining 12 credits (= 4 courses) are up to you. You can choose any 300- or 400-level GERM course, with the exception of GERM 433 and 434. You can also take one course taught in English (i.e. GERM 301, 302, 303, 304, 403, 411 or 412). The course taught in English can also be any one of our third- or fourth-year SCAN or CENS courses (for example, Danish or Swedish language courses, Baltic literature or Nordic Epic, Scandinavian drama or Holocaust literature).

 

The German Studies minor offers interested students the opportunity to study the cultures and literature of the German-speaking countries without the language component that is part of the regular German program.

There are no lower-level prerequisites for the German Studies minor. Students must take 18 upper-level credits (i.e., six courses) from the following core courses:

GERM 301 “German Literature 1900-1945 (in English)”
GERM 302 “German Literature after 1945 (in English)”
GERM 303 “German Literature before 1900 (in English)”
GERM 304 “German Cinema (in English)”
GERM 403 “Studies in Modern German Culture (in English)”
GERM 411 “German Controversies (in English)”
GERM 412 “German Media Studies (in English)”
CENS 303 “German Representations of the Holocaust (in English)”
CENS 404 “Gender and Nation”

Students with sufficient knowledge of German may also choose from the following literature and culture courses taught in German: GERM 360, GERM 370, GERM 380, GERM 390, GERM 402, GERM 405, GERM 406, and GERM 408.

In consultation with the German undergraduate advisor students may replace up to six credits with a social science or history course with a German component.  All courses taken outside of the department must be pre-approved.
German language courses cannot be used toward the German Studies minor. Students may not combine the German Studies minor with a regular German major or minor.

 

Please visit the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers website for a list of future career possibilities and opportunities, benefits and skills for students pursuing a degree in German.


How do I declare a major or minor in German?

Students registered in the Faculty of Arts can declare their German or German Studies degree programs themselves online. Please visit the Arts Students page for instructions to declare a major or minor.

The only exception is the German Honours program. Honours applicants need to submit a letter of application, a statement of intent and two letters of reference to the German undergraduate advisor. If you have any difficulties registering, or if you are uncertain about the program, consult our undergraduate advisors listed here.

If you are in a faculty other than the Faculty of Arts, your faculty advising office may require a signature from the advisor of the program you wish to take. Please contact the undergraduate advisor directly. In most cases, you will need to present a form listing the courses you intend to take both to your home faculty advising office, as well as to one of our advisors for signature in order to declare the minor.

What is the difference between the German and German Studies study programs?"

"German" refers to the regular Honours, Major and Minor programs that combine language and literature/culture courses on the lower and upper level. The German Studies Minor has no language component. The program consists only of upper-level literature and culture courses taught in English. For further information, go to our German program overview.

I am a German major, and my language skills are so good that I have been exempted from upper-level German language courses. Do I need to make up the credits?

Yes. No matter what, you need 30 upper-level credits for the GERM Major (or 18 for the German Minor). If you have been exempted from upper-level German language courses, you need to make up for them by taking additional upper-level literature/culture courses.

Please direct all questions regarding German/German studies degree requirements to the German Undergraduate Advisor, Jason Lieblang.