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German Studies

German is spoken by more Europeans than any other language: it is spoken in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and is very helpful when traveling in parts of Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Eastern Europe. Germany, Switzerland and Austria have made vital contributions to every aspect of culture. You cannot study drama without studying Brecht, film without Fritz Lang or Rainer Werner Fassbinder, philosophy without Kant or Hegel, psychology without Freud, music without Bach or Mozart, art without Dürer or the Expressionists, or modern architecture without Bauhaus, to give only a few examples. A reading knowledge of German can enhance your studies in history, philosophy, classics, music, art history, drama and many other disciplines.

Within the European Union, Germany is not only the most populous country, it also has the largest economy of the member states. It continues to be among the world’s largest contributors in research and development.
The program also offers a selection of courses in which knowledge of German is not required. These courses are HUMN*3020 (Myth and Fairy Tales in Germany) and HUMN*3470 (Holocaust & WWII in German Lit. & Film).

Every year, regular faculty is joined by teaching assistants from Germany who bring further diversity to the program, through their language seminars and a course on contemporary culture and current affairs in Germany.

Major/Minor Requirements

The requirements for a minor in German Studies can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar. 

Study Abroad

Whatever your major, once you have completed two years of German language, you may spend a year at a German university and collect credits towards your degree at Guelph.