German Studies

High School Background Required

Life After Graduation

First Year Requirements

Further Information

The ability to function in more than one language is a valuable skill in today's global society. German is spoken by more than 117 million people worldwide. And Germany is an important player - it has the largest economy in the European Union and the third largest in the world. Hosting of the World Soccer Championship in 2006 has reinforced Germany's image as a modern, friendly and innovative nation. Historically, Germany has made major contributions to science, literature, philosophy and music - there are many compelling reasons to learn German.

The study of German at Queen's involves the study of language, literature, and the culture. A variety of language courses are available, from beginner to advanced. The study of literature is introduced in second-year courses and can be pursued in depth in third- and fourth-year courses. The study of the culture begins with the first lesson in the language or the literature, and can be supplemented by one of our culture courses taught in English in the German Program but also in appropriate courses offered by Art History, History, Philosophy, and Political Studies. Available concentrations include a minor and a medial concentration.

The Department participates in several very successful programs providing opportunities and scholarships for study in Germany for periods ranging from a month to a year. All students are strongly encouraged (though not required) to spend a summer term or their third year at a university in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland and will have their course credits transferred to their program at Queen's. The Department also administers a work program providing summer jobs in Germany.

The Department also offers culture, film and literature courses in English for students with no knowledge of German.

Students can use German courses toward the completion of an International Studies Certificate. Graduates in German have pursued careers in teaching, translation, international affairs, banking, business, travel, civil service, etc.

High School Background Required

No specific high school course is required to pursue a concentration in German.
Note: Students with Grade 4U German or equivalent may enter the program at the second-year level

Life After Graduation

  • Foreign trade/banking/business law/research
  • Science and technology
  • Government/communications
  • Teaching/library services

First Year Requirements

Go to Choose Your First Year Courses for more information.

Further Information

German Home Web Page
Phone: (613) 533-2072
Email: llcu@queensu.ca

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