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Germany. Text on the image reads: "The department of Germanic & Slavic Studies"

Our department specializes in the study of language, applied linguistics, literature, and film and visual culture.


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Graduate programs

Our department has developed three stimulating and challenging graduate programs that give students hands-on experience in teaching and research:

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Undergraduate programs

We offer courses in:

  • German: Students learn the languages, history, cultural traditions, ideas, and accomplishments of the German-speaking areas of central Europe.
  • Russian: We offer courses in Russian language as well as the culture of Russia and Eastern Europe. Students can earn a Minor in Russian and East European Studies.
  • Croatian: The department offers elementary courses in Croatian as well as courses in Croatian culture.
  • Dutch: The department offers elementary courses in Dutch as well as a Dutch culture course. Many courses in Dutch are offered online. Students can earn a Diploma in Dutch Language.


    Meet the GSS faculty and staff



    Waterloo Centre for German Studies (WCGS)

    WCGS is a privately-endowed institute devoted to research on the language, culture, and civilization of German-speaking peoples. The Centre offers a wide range of educational and cultural activities for the academy and the broader community.



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