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.
International exchanges in 25 countries
Available as a major and minor
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First-year courses and beyond
September to December
January to April
*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
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.
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
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.
- 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
Offered by the Faculty of Arts
Earn a Bachelor of Arts in German
Ready to learn more?
- Visit the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies website
- Email Samantha Boehmer, our Arts recruitment co-ordinator, who can answer any questions about the program
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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.