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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 fulfil the breath requirement. Please check our website and/or contact the undergraduate secretary for more information.



  • 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 (german.undergrad@utoronto.ca).


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