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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.

Berlin Field Trip

Red city hallWant to spend a week in Berlin? Who doesn't! The Departments of Fine Arts and Germanic & Slavic Studies are joining forces to offer a course in Winter Term 2017 that includes a trip to Berlin. Students will spend Reading Week visiting museums, historical sites, and other points of cultural interest. To learn more go to the Berlin Field Trip page.

Department Awards

Department awards ceremony

Dozens of students, instructors, and guests gathered in late March to honour all those students who had won awards, scholarships, and prizes in the past year. To learn more about the prizes and scholarships available in the department, have a look at our scholarships and awards page.  We also have a page listing all of this year's recipients.

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?

Interested in grad studies?

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