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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.

News and events


Anna Kuhn's research titled 'A Call for ‘Widerstand’? Identifying strategies of the New Right's Language and Literature Policy.'  will  be centered on Verlag Antaios, a right-wing German publishing house. In a time of widespread protests against right-wing extremism, this project exposes the political instrumentalization of German studies. 

Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Anna!

Join us for a live online information session to talk about programs in Germanic & Slavic Studies, including the cross-departmental Minor in Cultural Identities (CI). Bring questions about German, Dutch, Russian, Croatian, and CI courses, about exchange opportunities, and about how learning languages can support your personal and professional goals.

When: Tuesday, March 12, and Thursday, March 14, 2024, from 1pm to 2pm

Join meetings here

Or email the Germanic & Slavic Studies Undergraduate Studies office for more information.

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