If you truly want to broaden your horizons in the 21st century, learning German will give you the edge you need. German is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Indeed, more than 120 million people have German as their mother tongue, while many others study it for reasons both practical and social. With knowledge of German, you improve your employment opportunities. Germany has the largest economy in the European Union and the third largest in the world. German is a leading language of science, literature, art, philosophy and history. Bottom line: being able to speak and write German puts you in high demand. 

Our courses not only allow you to acquaint yourself with contemporary German, but also give you insights into the cultural and political history of German-speaking countries and into German cinema and literature. Through exchange programs with Germany and Austria, you can complete courses toward your degree in a native-speaking environment. Closer to home, the activities of the German Club provide an informal setting for honing your German-language skills. Our close cooperation with embassies and the Ottawa branch of the German Goethe Institute provides opportunities to participate in cultural activities and to receive official certification of your language proficiency level.

Courses in this program are taught in German, English or French. 

The table below includes only the discipline-specific courses. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for information on the Honours bachelor's with double major and the Honours bachelor's with major and minor.

ALG 1100Road Map to the Culture of the German-Speaking Countries3 Units
ALG 1901Elementary German I3 Units
ALG 1902Elementary German II3 Units
ALG 2101Contemporary German Culture3 Units
ALG 2901Intermediate German I3 Units
ALG 2902Intermediate German II3 Units
ALG 3901Advanced German I3 Units
ALG 3902Advanced German II3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Special Topics in German Literature
German Literature Since 1900
3 optional course units in German (ALG) from the list of optional courses3 Units
6 optional course units in German (ALG) at the 3000 level from the list of optional courses6 Units
6 optional course units in German (ALG) at the 4000 level from the list of optional courses6 Units
Total: 42 Units

Mandatory requirement: Immersion stay abroad

A minimum of 12 units will be taken abroad in a university where German is the language of teaching and study. The University of Ottawa will establish ALG course equivalencies.
 
The foreign university and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures will establish jointly a bank of courses from which students will choose the units to take.

Eligibility requirements:

  1. must have completed ALG 2902;
  2. must have a minimal cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 5.0;
  3. must not be on probation;
Students will receive a total of $2000 in funding (i.e. a $1000 mobility scholarship from the International Office and $1000 from the Faculty of Arts).

List of Optional Courses

ALG 2100Special Topics in German Culture3 Units
ALG 2300Masterpieces of German Literature in Translation3 Units
ALG 3330Cinema in the German Speaking Countries3 Units
ALG 3900Special Topics in German Literature3 Units
ALG 3921Directed Readings in German3 Units
ALG 3980German Literature Since 19003 Units
ALG 4903Special Topics in German Culture II3 Units
ALG 4904Practicum in German3 Units
ALG 4905Directed Study in German3 Units