German (BA)

German is an important language in Europe, where Germany continues to play a leadership role politically, economically, and culturally. By choosing to study German you will learn to appreciate and function in another culture and increase your opportunities.

In our German studies program, you will become familiar with the German language, grammatical practices, literature, and culture. The ability to communicate in a different language broadens appreciation of other cultures and increases your opportunities in the job market. The study of languages also helps you develop stronger communication and critical thinking skills, useful to a wide variety of professions.

Be Inspired

Acadia offers small class sizes which allow you improved interaction with professors and classmates inside and outside the classroom. Professors in the German program at Acadia use the newest technology in teaching and learning a foreign language. By your fourth year, you will have achieved the necessary skills to fully function in a German-speaking environment. Classes focus on speaking, listening, and writing, using a combination of multimedia tools. Through extracurricular activities, you will have the chance to immerse yourself in the cultural life of German-speaking countries. If you are majoring in German you will take one year of study in Freiburg, Germany. German is also very popular as a double major and as a minor.

Future Careers

  • Arts and culture
  • Diplomacy
  • Health
  • International business
  • International relations
  • Interpretation
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Social work
  • Teaching
  • Tourism
  • Translation

First Year at a Glance

Semester One

GERM 1013
Introduction to German 1
ENGL 1413

Writing & Reading Critically 1
Introductory humanities course
Introductory social science course
Introductory science course

Semester Two

GERM 1023
Introduction to German 2
ENGL 1423

Writing & Reading Critically 2
Introductory humanities course
Introductory social science course
Introductory science course


Co-op Available: Yes

Honours: Thesis-based, with research

Program of Profiency:
Open to all students, this option prepares you for an internationally recognized certificate in German proficiency.

Get Involved:
Acadia German Club


Languages and Literatures
Beveridge Arts Centre, Room 333
10 Highland Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 2R6