In addition to learning the language, the German program at Mount Allison will help you gain insight into the rich tradition of culture and literature in German-speaking countries.
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Degree options: Any degree, minor
German studies at Mount Allison 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.
Find a list of German studies courses in the academic calendar – modern languages and literatures.
*You are not expected to have any previous knowledge of German.
Popular career paths for German studies graduates include:
- tourism and cultural exchange organizer
- foreign service officer
- international trade specialist
- immigration officer
- international business analyst
- customs officer
- non-governmental organization staff
“When learning German or doing the minor in German studies, you
should plan on spending a summer or a semester or two in Germany. It
positively changes the perspective of learning the language. I took part
in the work-study program through the German department. Spending a
summer in Germany was one of the best experiences!”
Math, minors in German studies and psychology (’14)
Saint John, NB/Bangladesh
“Because of the small program size, you get to stay with the same
group of students most of your time in the program, and the professors
really get to know you. You don’t have to worry about that ‘first class
anxiety’ because you will already know everyone.”
Religious studies, minor in German studies (’14)
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, apply to work abroad as an English-language teaching assistant in Germany through Pädagogischer Austauschdienst Deutschland or work on campus as a language lab monitor, an oral practice animator, or a private language tutor. Summer work abroad programs are also available.
Mount Allison's language lab provides students with a safe space to practice their language skills.
Dr. Renata Schellenberg
Associate professor, German studies
2017 Hiob Ludolf Fellow (Gotha Research Centre, Germany), Paul Paré Excellence Award recipient, area of expertise is eighteenth-century German literature and culture