The German Program includes the language, literature, and culture of the German speaking world.

First- and second-year courses focus primarily on language, and the program is designed to develop active and communicative skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing German. The content includes authentic language from a variety of areas, social contexts, and periods.

The department also offers third- and fourth- year literature, culture and media studies courses that are open to all students.

The full program for Honours, Major and Minor in German includes third- and fourth-year courses in literature (some in English), cultural studies, languages, and business German.

In addition, the department offers upper-level Scandinavian and Baltic literature and culture courses which can be credited toward a German degree.

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The major or minor can be declared on the Student Service Centre (SSC) when you have second-year standing. Admission to the Honours program requires an application.

If you have any questions regarding applications, please contact the department.


Aisha Jamal: Classrooms and Big Screens

An assistant professor of German language at Trent University and accomplished filmmaker, Aisha Jamal (BA ’02) completed a double major in international relations and German during her undergraduate degree at UBC.

Jensen Scheuer: Exploring Diverse Interests

Jensen Scheuer is pursuing a unique and global education, majoring in medieval studies and minoring in German. His studies have led him to Berlin and a work term with Go Global while also staying active with the UBC Fencing Club.

Dr. Steven Taubeneck: Bringing Germany Closer to Home

When Professor Steven Taubeneck walked into the classroom for the first time as a teacher, he says the class just laughed. Freshly arrived from the free-wheeling UC Santa Cruz of the 1970s, with hair past his shoulders and a deep tan, the 28-year-old budding academic seemed an unlikely candidate to teach the language of Goethe and the philosophy of Kant. “They took one look at me and thought ‘we can handle this guy,’” Taubeneck recounts. “I laughed right along with them.”


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