An education that’s wunderbar

In an interconnected world, fluency in another language and culture pays big dividends.

At Waterloo, we offer much more than just German language courses. Explore German culture, film, literature, and linguistics, or add classes in other Slavic languages like Russian and Croatian, all with the additional appeal of work experience through co-op.

The language skills and cultural competence you develop over the course of your degree will serve you well in a variety of careers, including education, business, and government.

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Average class size = 15

With an average class size of just 15 students, you’ll never feel lost in the crowd. Our student-centred program focuses on your personal and professional development, while the student-run German Society regularly organizes movie nights, discussions, meals, and more.

Guten tag, Deutschland!

Deepen your experience by spending up to a year studying in Germany at the University of Bamberg or the University of Mannheim (the oldest exchange of its kind in Canada). We offer scholarships for travel-abroad opportunities — opportunities you can count towards a Global Experience Certificate.


icon of the globeInternational exchanges in 25 countries

briefcaseAvailable as a co-op and regular program

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Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose German as your major at the end of first year.

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First-year courses

September to December

  • Choose one of:
    • GER 100 - Zeitgeist and Popular Culture
    • GER 180 - German and Russian Literary Masterpieces
  • Choose one of:
  • Arts First requirement 1*
  • Two additional courses

January to April

  • Choose one from:
    • GER 102 - Elementary German II
    • GER 201 - Intermediate German I
    • GER 202 - Intermediate German II or GER 212, depending on Fall term course
  • Arts First requirement 2*
  • Three additional courses

*The Arts First requirement consists of two first-year courses that are capped at 25 students: ARTS 130 - Inquiry and Communication and ARTS 140 - Information and Analysis. Instead of listening to a lecture and trying to capture notes, Arts First courses will have you and your classmates working together to respond to a challenge posed by the instructor.

After first year

40% of the classes you’ll take will be German courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo or fulfil additional requirements for your chosen entry program.

Sample upper-year courses

GER 230 – Vikings!
GER 308 – German through Comics
GER 362 – German Film Classics
GER 385 – Culture Behind the Iron Curtain


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Graduation capEarn a Bachelor of Arts in German


Co-op = relevant paid work experience

By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.

Sample co-op job titles

  • Analyst - Derivatives Product Management
  • Student Life Assistant

Sample co-op employers

  • Scotia Capital Inc
  • Leysin American School
  • Fachhochschule Heilbronn

Customize your Bachelor of Arts in German

You can add additional areas of expertise by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students.

What can you do with a degree in German?

Waterloo German graduates commonly pursue careers in communications, business development, project coordination, and teaching. They often work for government departments, technology companies, and schools.

Recent graduates

  • Supply Teacher - Toronto Catholic District School Board
  • Leiterin Geschaftsstelle - IT-Forum Rhein-Neckar
  • Programme Manager - Graduate School Rhein-Neckar
  • Editor & Corporate Communications Manager - Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce
  • Founder & President - Energrow Inc.
  • Music Teacher - Internationella Engelska Skolan

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