German Degree Requirements

Please direct all questions regarding German/German studies degree requirements, including course substitutions and the latest course offerings, to the German Undergraduate Advisor, Dr. Florian Gassner.

German Major

First and Second Year

To major in German, you must complete the first two years of German, that is GERM 100, 110, 200 and 210. 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. For a placement test that will help you assess the level that best fits your learning needs, please contact the coordinator of First-Year German, Dr. Angelika Struch.

Third and Fourth Year

To major in German, you must complete a total of 30 credits (10 courses) at the 300- or 400-level. 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 taught in German, with the exception of GERM 433 and 434. You can also take two courses taught in English (GERM 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 313, 314, 402, 403, 404, 409, 411, 412, 420 and/or 426). In consultation with the advisor, students may also take courses from the Modern European Studies A/B/C course lists.

*If you skip third- and/or fourth-year German language courses, you must make up those credits within our program. You can only skip language courses with the official permission of the German Undergraduate Advisor.

German Honours

To receive an honours degree in German, you must complete the first two years of German, that is, GERM 100, 110, 200 and 210. You must also complete the following:

  • GERM 300, 310; GERM 400, 410; 
  • one of GERM 360/370; one of 380/390; one of 406/408; 
  • GERM 339 and 439 
  • 9 additional credits from GERM 314, 402, 420; 
  • optionally, a 6-credit Honours Essay (GERM 449) in place of GERM 339 or any other 6 credits of 300- or 400-level courses, aside from specifically required courses;  
  • a social science, history or Modern European Studies course with German content; 
  • take one course (= 3 credits) in a language other than English or German;
  • one course from the Modern European Studies A/B/C course lists. 

Application for the German Honours Program

To apply for the German Honours Program, please get in contact with the German Undergraduate Advisor, Florian Gassner. After an initial meeting, you will be invited to submit a proposal for your course of study. This one-page proposal should outline your research plan, identify instructors with whom you would wish to study and indicate whether you intend to write an honours thesis.

German Minor

First and Second Year

To minor in German, you must complete the first two years of German, that is GERM 100, 110, 200 and 210. 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. For a placement test that will help you assess the level that best fits your learning needs, please contact the coordinator of First-Year German, Dr. Angelika Struch.

Second and Third Year

To minor in German, you need to complete 18 credits (=6 courses) at the 300- and 400-level taught in German. These 18 credits are made up of the following:

  • 6 courses taught in German (excluding 339, 433, 434, 439, and 449)  
  • optionally, one course (=3 credits) of a course taught in English from the Modern European Studies A/B/C course lists 

*If you skip third- and/or fourth-year German language courses, you must make up those credits within our program, with courses that are taught in German. You can only skip language courses with the official permission of the department. To discuss skipping upper-level German language courses, please contact the German Undergraduate Advisor, Florian Gassner.

German Studies Minor

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 other German programs.

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 305 The Culture of Nazism (in English)
  • GERM 402 Words and Music in German Literature (in English)
  • GERM 403 Studies in Modern German Culture (in English)
  • GERM 404 Religion and German Literature (in English)
  • GERM 409 Special Topics in German Cinema (in English)
  • GERM 411 German Controversies (in English)
  • GERM 412 German Media Studies (in English)
  • GERM 426 German Representations of the Holocaust (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, 370, 380, 390, 406, and 408.

In consultation with the German undergraduate advisor students may replace up to six credits with a German component from the Faculty of Arts. 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.

What can I do with a German degree?

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.

Majors and Minors: Frequently Asked Questions

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 German 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 taught in German.