German Studies

The Department of German offers a variety of programs and courses designed to meet the different needs and interests of students on all levels: for beginners as well as for advanced students and native speakers. The program consists of language and topic courses covering a wide field of Germanic Studies including Medieval Studies and Yiddish Studies. As one of the Faculty's smaller departments, it provides substantiated knowledge and skills in intimate class settings.  A number of courses are offered in English to fulfill the breath requirement. Please check our website and/or contact the undergraduate secretary for more information.


Admission Information

  • Students entering university with senior level courses (Grade 12 U courses in Ontario) in German usually begin immediately with German courses at the second-year level, but - like all students with previous knowledge of German - they are required to contact the department to schedule a placement test
  • Apply to the Humanities admission category on the St. George campus
  • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English are required
  • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits


Honours Bachelor of Arts Programs

  • German Studies (specialist, major and minor options)
  • German Studies in English (minor)
  • Business German (minor)
  • Yiddish Studies (minor)


First-Year Courses

  • GER 100Y – Introduction to German
  • GER 150H – German Cultural Studies (taught in English)
  • GER 260Y – Elementary Yiddish (open to first-year students)


Advice for First Year

If you are interested in enrolling in a German Studies program you should first register for GER 100Y1 and preferably also for GER 150H1, which is offered in the spring term. If you have any pre-knowledge of German, you should consult the Department's undergraduate adviser (



A command of German is a valuable resource, whether used directly, or in conjunction with another field of study, or in seeking a job.

For a career in teaching or research, you need to complete a major, or even better, a specialist program, in German language and literature, in order to be admitted to postgraduate studies.

In the competition for jobs, a knowledge of German can give you an advantage. As more companies become multinational, languages are increasingly important.

Today, knowledge of German is particularly useful in transportation, radio and television, journalism, tourism, publishing and book distribution, importing, department store purchasing, customs and immigration, libraries, the Foreign Service, hotel and motel management, property management in general, and in marketing and advertising.

A command of German is also valuable for students interested in philosophy, psychology, political science, linguistics, history, religious studies, music, art history, and others.


Direct career options include:

Translation Travel Agent
Teaching Flight Attendant
International Trade Officer Communication Specialist
International Business Analyst Technical Writer
Bilingual Customer Service Specialist Foreign Services Officer
Market Research Analyst Foreign Affairs Specialist
Conference Planner Immigration Officer
Marketing Manager Customs Officer
Public Relations Officer International Development
Import/Export Coordinator Political Aid
Management Consultant Community Worker
Hospitality Industry



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