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Our department specializes in the study of language, applied linguistics, literature, and film and visual culture.  We have active graduate and undergraduate programs in German and Russian, and we also offer courses in Croatian and Dutch.

Why do an MA or PhD in German at Waterloo?

Where to begin? There are so many reasons - active and engaged students, friendly faculty, interesting guest lectures, awesome library. But we'd like to draw your attention to three key features of our grad programs:

  1. We offer very strong programming in cultural studies - we cover literature, film, and theory across all periods and genres.
  2. We offer very strong programming in applied linguistics. Theory, second language acquisition, discourse analysis, computer-assisted language learning - we do it all.
  3. We offer excellent training for both academic and non-academic careers. With us you'll gain in-depth, guided experience in teaching language and culture courses, both in-class and online. But if you don't want to become a prof, we help you identify the skills you gain in graduate study and market them in other fields.

If you'd like to know more, please head over to our page for prospective students. And if you've grown tired of watching cat videos on YouTube, why not watch our videos on research and the student experience instead?

Studying German opens up possibilities

Linlin ChenLinlin Chen is a 4th year management engineering student at the University of Waterloo. She has completed the Certificate in German Language, a one-year student exchange in Munich, and two international work terms in Germany and Japan. After graduation, she will be working full-time near Düsseldorf as a global trainee at a German firm.

We recently spoke to Linlin about her exeperience learning German at the University of Waterloo.

Faculty of Arts Curriculum Changes

The Faculty of Arts is doing a major reorganization of its academic plans. The requirements for majors are being streamlined, the averages necessary for entering honours programs are being lowered, and other improvements are being made. Want to learn more? Go to the Arts Majors Reset page.

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