Faculty of Arts - German

Program description

The German program teaches cultural literacy by providing language competence and a knowledge of texts, films and other forms of cultural representation. It offers language courses on all levels, introductory literature and culture courses for University 1 students in English translation, as well as upper level culture, literature, and second language acquisition courses in German as well as in English. If students have taken German or speak the language, they will be given advanced standing. For those with little or no German, an intensive language-training program is available in which conversation groups and up-to-date language lab methods are used in addition to the usual language study. Knowledge of German language and culture is an invaluable tool in today's globalized world, and for the study of European history in philosophy, art & comparative literature.

Program options

Degree options

B.A. Bachelor of Arts (General) - 3 years (Major or Minor) 
B.A. (Hons.) Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - 4 years (Single and Double Honours options)

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

  • Language courses on all levels
  • Business German
  • Representations of War 
  • Representations of the Holocaust
  • Comparative German-Slavic Studies
  • Sex and Gender
  • Love in German Culture
  • Contemporary German Film

Honours courses

  • Senior Seminar in German Studies 
  • German Honours Thesis course 
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • German Language Structure

Exchange and travel opportunities
The University of Manitoba arranges up to two semester exchanges for students of all disciplines with Greifswald and Trier (credit recognition towards University of Manitoba degree). 

There is an annual summer work program in Germany as well as several summer school programs in German language, literature, and culture. After their undergraduate degree, students can work in Germany for one year as a Foreign Language Assistant in English.

Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships and grants are available on a competitive basis (e.g. fulltime and summer scholarships with the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst = DAAD).  

Professional opportunities

  • Teaching / Education
  • Communications and media 
  • Translation
  • Government, diplomacy & immigration
  • Business
  • Higher education
  • Arts and culture
  • Libraries
  • Journalism
  • Publishing

Note: language and culture training have proven particularly valuable for those students who, by linking their linguistic ability to another skill, have found jobs in the expanding market for those with knowledge of European languages and cultures. Such jobs are available from the secretarial to the senior executive level. Students become from immersion in another culture more effective communicators.

Admission requirements

Visit the Faculty of Arts Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.

What is unique about this program at the U of M?

The German section of the University of Manitoba offers the only Honours and M.A. degrees in German in the Prairies. Its interdisciplinary and intercultural curriculum is one of the most advanced Cultural Studies programs in German in Canada. Besides the strong academic focus on the fourth year (Honours Thesis, Senior Seminar), this includes a communicative language curriculum and the application of most recent methods of learning, teaching and assessing the German language. It also offers innovative courses such as Representations of War and Love in German Culture. The Department also introduced a new course, unique in Canada, for "Comparative German and Slavic Studies". The program offers several specific courses in Second Language Acquisition and teaching methodology in German, taught in German, that prepare students in their discipline for entering an Education program and/or for being a Teaching Assistant as a graduate student.

As a relatively small program all degree undergraduate and graduate students receive close mentorship and meet on a regular basis with their advisor. Students have been very successful in recent years in receiving internal and external grants and scholarships. The program organizes a number of exchange and work abroad programs. Of particular value is the new Manitoba-Greifswald exchange (which comes with two 500 Euro a month scholarships for every academic year as part of the program, which differentiates it from many programs in Canada).

Representations of history and society in today’s Germany and Austria in literature and film are great strengths within this program. The expertise of the faculty members rivals any other German program in the country. 

The Department of German and Slavic Studies is a Certified Testing Centre for the Goethe Institute, offering Goethe Institute German Government Approved German Language Certificates (levels A1-C2 and  Business German). The German program closely cooperates with the German-Canadian community in Manitoba which allows students to gain valuable experience in outer curricular activities.

The German Students’ Association organizes different events, which can be officially recognized as co-curricular activity. Meeting and work space is available in “The German and Slavic Student Room”, a unique space for undergraduate students in the Department.

Important links

Faculty of Arts
German Studies
Graduate Studies in German (M.A., PreM.A.)