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.

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.

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.


About the program

briefcase Available as a co-op and regular program

Graduation capEarn a Bachelor of Arts in German

icon of the globeInternational exchanges in 25 countries

icon of network of peopleOffered by the Faculty of Arts

icon of open bookAvailable as a major and minor



First-year courses

September to December

Choose 1 of:
 • GER 100 - Zeitgeist and Popular Culture
 • GER 180 - German and Russian Literary Masterpieces
Choose 1 of:
 • GER 101 - Elementary German I
 • GER 102 - Elementary German II
 • GER 201 - Intermediate German I
Arts First requirement 1*
2 additional courses

January to April

Choose 1 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*
3 additional courses


*The Arts First requirement consists of 2 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


Customize your Bachelor of Arts in German

You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor (or minors) as part of your degree.

Gain relevant work experience through co-op

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. Co-op is available if you study German through Honours Arts and Business.

Sample co-op job titles

  • Analyst - Derivatives Product Management
  • Student Life Assistant

Sample co-op employers

  • Scotia Capital Inc
  • Leysin American School
  • Fachhochschule Heilbronn

What can you do with a degree in German?

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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