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German and Slavic Studies
at the U of M

 

As a German and Slavic studies student in the Faculty of Arts, you will explore in-depth the languages, literatures and cultures of Germany, Russia and Ukraine, in their histories and contemporary societies. The department of German and Slavic studies has many opportunities for you to explore including a minor program in Polish, community outreach activities and numerous travel and study abroad programs.

Skills you will gain by studying GERMAN AND SLAVIC STUDIES

  • A comprehensive knowledge of the German and/or Slavic languages (writing, speaking, reading, listening and translation)
  • The ability to interpret another culture’s way of thinking and the ability to mediate between cultures and languages
  • The ability to critically evaluate text, media and other cultural forms and independently research new areas of information
  • The ability to develop problem solving strategies and a high self-awareness that can be transferred to many disciplines

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This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university. Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

* Refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements.

Year 1 - 30 credit hours

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
German: GRMN 1120

Russian: RUSN 1300 or RUSN 1330

Ukrainian: UKRN 1310 or UKRN 1320

To do this year:

  1. Know the requirements for your degree. Meet with an academic advisora>or department advisor to help you plan your program.
  2. If you need academic support, visit the Academic Learning Centre for workshops or to meet with a learning skills instructor.

CAREER TIPS


Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills.
  2. Research occupations that match your skills and interests.
  3. Set up a careerCONNECT account to view job postings and register for workshops and events.
  4. Set up your Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official record of university-approved activities.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Link experiences to your career interests. Options include:

  1. Student groups including the German (D.E.R. Klub), Russian, Ukrainian and/or Polish Student Association.
  2. Join the University of Manitoba Volunteer Program to volunteer for Info Days and other promotional events on campus.
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-Study, STEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program.
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Considering international opportunities? Visit the Language Centre or the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies. Consider taking a Travel Study course to Germany, Ukraine or Poland this summer.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with: Visit Migizii Agamik, the International Centre for Students or learn about local agencies via the Manitoba Contact Guide.

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Year 2 - 60 credit hours

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
German: GRMN 2100 and GRMN 2120 or GRMN 2130 or GRMN 2140 (honours must also take GRMN 2120 or GRMN 2130 and GRMN 2140)

Russian: RUSN 2810 or RUSN2820

Ukrainian: UKRN 2720 or UKRN2730

To do this year:

  1. Should you follow a 3-or 4-year plan? Meet with a department advisor and career consultant to map out your options.
  2. Consider taking a double major program or the
    Polish minor program.

CAREER TIPS


Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals.
  2. Attend career fairs to connect with employers.
  3. Develop professional connections with professors by applying for an Undergraduate Research Award.

Market your skills: Develop your resumé and cover letter and refine your interview skills.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Explore student research opportunities: Apply for a Undergraduate Research Award and inquire about research assistant positions.

Gain practical experience by volunteering: Check out Folklorama, Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS) program and opportunities in cultural communities.

Find opportunities to market yourself: Become a Faculty of Arts Student Ambassador or join the Student Leadership Development Program.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: Consider an international student exchange to Germany, Ukraine or Hungary, Canadian Summer School in Germany or the Summer Session Language Seminar in Ukraine.

Staying local? Check out the World W.I.S.E. Ambassador Program or Reading Buddies. Consider learning a new language and culture through the Volunteer Language Exchange Program.

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Year 3 - 90 credit hours

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
German: GRMN 3200, plus additional GRMN courses*

Russian: 6 credit hours from RUSN 3200 or RUSN 3210 or RUSN 3220, plus additional UKRN or SLAV courses*

Ukrainian: UKRN 3950 and UKRN 3960, plus additional UKRN or SLAV courses*

To do this year:

  1. Meet with an department advisor for honours program approval.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora (3-year option).

CAREER TIPS


Investigate your career options:

  1. Look at sample job postings to ensure you have the qualifications upon graduation.
  2. Develop employability and essential skills sought by employers.
  3. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals.

Consider continuing your studies: Check out the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Extended Education or other academic institutions. Consider taking a pre-Master’s to be eligible for graduate school in Slavic Studies.

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Continue or start research: Participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

Check out student job opportunities with: Work Student Summer Program or the German-Canadian Congress.

Search for job opportunities online: Check out Germany.gc.ca, Job Bank, Find My Job, Indeed or other search engines.

Use your networks and connections: Inquire about unadvertised job openings (the "hidden job market").

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Did you travel abroad? Write an article about your experience for World W.I.S.E magazine.

Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: Attend International Week, participate in the Intercultural Development and Leadership Program, volunteer for the International Student Mentorship Program or take part in Graduation Pow Wow.

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Year 4 - 120 credit hours

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS


Course requirements:
GRMN 4600 and GRMN 4570, plus additional GRMN courses*

To do this year:

  1. Meet with an department advisor for honours program approval.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora.

CAREER TIPS


Start job search 9 months in advance: Contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to graduate school: Finalize your application materials and required tests. Use the awards database to search for funding and awards to help finance your continuing education. Contact your department to find out how their awards deadlines are advertised.

 

VOLUNTEER & WORK EXPERIENCE


Ensure you have references in place: Ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation if you're applying for graduate school.

Assess your resumé: Identify any gaps in experience and fill them through volunteering, work placements or internships such as as the Foreign Language Assistant Program in Germany and other internships in Central and Eastern Europe.

CULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES


Prepare to work in a multicultural environment: Visit Canada's National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on campus or register for a Workplace Cultural Competence Workshop through Extended Education.

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Sample Careers

 

Sample careers with an undergraduate degree and related experience

  • Citizenship and Immigration Agent
  • Communications Officer
  • Copy Editor
  • Editorial Publishing Assistant
  • Foreign Communication Analyst
  • Foreign Intelligence Analyst
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Global Public Relations Specialist
  • Immigrant Settlement Worker
  • International Student Life Officer
  • Interpreter
  • Language Training Coordinator
  • Lexicographer
  • Library Service Assistant
  • Reference Assistant
  • Terminologist
  • Verbatim Reporter
  • Visitor Services Agent

Options requiring other education

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What Do Employers Want?

 

Industries such as business, education and government would value a German and Slavic studies degree in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. These include:*

  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Cultural Competency
  • Digital technology
  • Continuous learning

Attain skills through your classroom education by taking advantage of experiential education opportunities.

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.

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Department of German and Slavic Studies

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(204) 474-9370, german_slavic@umanitoba.ca
umanitoba.ca/german_and_slavic

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