German Studies

In addition to learning the language, German Studies will help you gain insight into the rich tradition of culture and literature in German-speaking countries.


In addition to learning the language, German Studies will help you gain insight into the rich tradition of culture and literature in German-speaking countries.

German language courses are designed to impart a good working knowledge of German. In addition, as experience shows, students of foreign languages generally show significant improvement in their primary language skills.

Only available as a minor.

At a Glance

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Minor only


At Mount Allison, German Studies consists of courses in language, literature and culture.

Courses are designed to impart a good working knowledge of German*, with a particular emphasis on representative authors and movements in order to provide students access to the literary traditions as a whole.

First-year courses are designed to teach the basics of grammar and provide enough vocabulary to manage basic communication in a German-speaking environment.

Intermediate and advanced courses help you develop both oral and written proficiency in the language.

Literature courses, taught in German, are available for upper-year students. There are also culture courses, taught in English, accessible to students at all levels.

Complementing the on-campus German program are numerous study and work abroad opportunities that allow students to travel, study, and live in German-speaking countries.

*You are not expected to have any previous knowledge of German.

German Studies is available as a minor only.

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German Studies students in the Language Lab

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With experiential learning and career development opportunities available in every degree, you'll also graduate with hands-on learning and real-world experience.

Our graduates also boast extraordinarily high acceptance rates to top graduate programs and professional schools such as law and medicine.

Popular career paths for German Studies graduates include:

  • teacher
  • translator/interpreter
  • tourism and cultural exchange organizer
  • foreign service officer
  • international trade specialist
  • immigration officer
  • international business analyst
  • customs officer
  • non-governmental organization staff


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The German professors here at Mount Allison are so kind and really want you to succeed. Learning a language is no easy task and it makes a huge difference to have such supportive professors. I'd also highly recommend doing an exchange program to really immerse yourself in the language — it's the best way to learn! I did the CSSG program (Canadian Summer School in Germany) and I had the best summer to date over in Germany studying the language.

Chemistry, minors in Biochemistry and German Studies
Kentville, NS


Language Lab

The Language Lab, located within the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, provides students studying languages with a dedicated space to practice their language skills in:

Study abroad and exchange

Get immersed in German language and culture at Universität Tübingen or Philipps Universität Marburg in Germany, take part in the Canadian Summer School in Kassel, Germany or sign up for a study scholarship through the German government’s academic exchange service, the DAAD.

In your final year, you can also apply to work abroad as an English-language teaching assistant in Germany or work on campus as a language lab monitor or a private language tutor.


Bachelor of Arts

Admission Requirements

Our admissions decisions are based on your academic record, leadership skills, a high level of commitment, and the potential for personal growth. The drop down menu below will help you find information on what pre-requisites are recommended for a Bachelor of Arts; however, a minor in German Studies can be combined with any degree.

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