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German

The Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies offers Honours, Major, and Minor programs in German Language. Courses are offered in German. For further information on these programs and other programs in Slavic and Scandinavian Languages and Literatures and Modern European Studies, see the Department.

Major in German

First and Second Years

Students choose one of the following sequences depending upon their previous knowledge of the language:

  • no previous knowledge: GERM 100, 110; 200, 210;
  • with German 11 or 12, or with untutored knowledge: GERM 200, 210; or 300, 310; or 213, 313.

Note: Students are permitted to declare their major when they have accumulated 27 credits.

Students with secondary-school German or German-language background are required to contact the Department and to take a placement test before the beginning of classes. Students with a superior level of proficiency in German will replace 12 credits of language with German literature or cultural studies courses. In no case may a student take more than one German language course in the same semester as another, with the exception of GERM 314 (Business German).

Third and Fourth Years

Third and fourth years of the program require that students complete:

  • GERM 300, 310; 400, 410;
  • one of GERM 360/370; one of GERM 380/390; one of GERM 406/408;
  • 3 additional credits from the above list of courses or from GERM 313, 314, 401, 402, 405, 407, 414, 420, 430;
  • 6 credits from any of the above courses or, after consultation with the departmental advisor and from the A/B/C lists in the Modern European Studies Undergraduate Handbook, provided that the course(s) have a significant German component. Note: These 6 credits may, therefore, be in a language other than English.

Students with advanced proficiency in the German language may take credits towards the Major in first or second years.

Third and Fourth Years (for students with previous knowledge of German)

Third and Fourth years of the program require that students complete:

  • GERM 300, 310; 400, 410;
  • one of GERM 360/370; one of 380/390; one of 406/408; and
  • 9 additional credits from German courses 301 to 450 (excluding 339, 433, 434, 439, 449).

Honours in German

First and Second Years

As for Major.

Third and Fourth Years

Third and fourth years of the program require that students complete:

  • GERM 300, 310; 400, 410;
  • one of GERM 360/370; one of 380/390; one of 406/408;
  • GERM 339 and 439;
  • 9 additional credits from GERM 314, 401, 402, 405, 407, 420, or 430;
  • students may submit a 6-credit Honours essay (GERM 449) in place of GERM 339 or any other 6 credits of senior work, aside from required courses;
  • one university-level course in a language other than English or German;
  • a course with significant German content chosen from lists A/B/C in the Modern European Studies program handbook. Note: This course may, therefore, be in a language other than English. See Honours advisor.

Students with an advanced proficiency in the German language may take credits towards the Honours in first or second years.

First and Second Years (for students with previous knowledge of German)

As for Major.

Minor in German

First and Second Years

As for Major.

Third and Fourth Years

Students must take 18 credits of senior courses in German (excluding GERM 339, 433, 434, 439, 449). Alternatively, up to 3 of these credits may be chosen, after consultation with the departmental advisor, from lists A/B/C in the Modern European Studies Undergraduate Handbook, provided that the course(s) have a significant German component. Note: these 3 credits may, therefore, be in a language other than English.

Students with advanced proficiency in the German language may take credits towards the Minor in first or second years.

Minor in German Studies

In addition to the Honours, Major, and Minor programs in German Language (GERM), the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies also offers a Minor in German Studies (GMST) made up of upper-level literature and culture courses taught in translation. There are no lower-level prerequisites and there is no language component. Students must complete 18 upper-level credits taken from the following courses:

  • GERM 301
  • GERM 302
  • GERM 303
  • GERM 304
  • GERM 403
  • GERM 411
  • GERM 412
  • CENS 303
  • CENS 404

    Students with sufficient knowledge of German may also choose from the following literature and culture courses taught in German:

  • GERM 360
  • GERM 370
  • GERM 380
  • GERM 390
  • GERM 402
  • GERM 405
  • GERM 406
  • GERM 408

    In consultation with the German undergraduate advisor, students may take up to 6 credits in any courses offered by the Faculty of Arts provided that they have an appropriate German content. Students are encouraged to seek out such courses, but all must be cleared with the undergraduate advisor prior to enrolment.

    German language courses cannot be used toward the German Studies Minor. Students may not combine a German studies minor (GMST) with a German major or minor (GERM).

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