Course Sequence - Honours BA with major in German Language and Culture

Learning German will give an edge to students who truly want to broaden their horizons in the 21st century. One of the most widely spoken languages in the world, German is a leading language of science, literature, art, philosophy and history.

The courses allow students to become acquainted with contemporary German and give them an insight into the cultural and political history of German-speaking countries and German cinema and literature. Exchange programs with Germany and Austria provide students with an opportunity to complete some courses in a native-speaking environment. Closer to home, the German Club sponsors informal activities that allow students to practice their German.

The major includes a mandatory immersion session abroad at a German-speaking university, where students will be immersed in the language. While at the host university, students will be required to take at least 12 credits-worth of courses. A mobility scholarship is available to help cover the cost of travel and stay.


The German Language and Culture program at the University of Ottawa leads to an honours bachelor’s degree, which requires the equivalent of four years of university studies and 120 credits (40 courses).

Bachelor’s degree 

  • Honours BA with Major in German Language and Culture


  • Minor in German Language and Culture

Language of instruction

All of our language courses, and several of our senior year courses, are taught in German. The other courses are offered in either English or French.


Mastering a foreign language is an important asset in the business sector and in the public service. Career opportunities include civil servant, tourism professional and international business consultant, as well as positions in the field of immigration.

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1 This course has variable topics.  Students may take this course twice 

Mandatory requirement: Immersion stay abroad
A minimum of 12 credits 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 credits to take.
Eligibility requirements:
1) must have completed ALG2902;
2) must have a minimal cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.5;
3) must not be on probation;
4) must take a minimum of 12 credits or the equivalent abroad.
  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 

3 credits = 1 course

  Total 1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year

120 credits 

(40 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

Core courses

12 credits

(4 courses)

ENG1100  Workshop in Essay Writing


3 course credits from:

PHI1101 Reasoning and Critical Thinking

PHI1301 Philosophy: Ideas and Arguments


3 course credits from:

AHL1100 Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1

AHL1900 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en arts / Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1

ENG1120  Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction

ENG1121  Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry 

3 credits from:

AHL1100 Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1

AHL1900 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en arts / Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1

PHI1102 Moral reasoning

PHI1103 Fundamental Philosophical Questions

PHI1104 Great Philosophers

PHI1302 Philosophy: Themes and Texts




German Lanaguage and Culture

42 credits

(14 courses)

ALG1901 Cours élémentaire d`allemand I/ Elementary German I

ALG1902 Cours élémentaire d`allemand II/ Elementary German II

ALG1100 Road Map to the Culture of the German-Speaking Countries


ALG2901 Cours intermédiaire d`allemand I/ Intermediate German I

ALG2902  Cours intermédiaire d`allemand II/ Intermediate German II

ALG2101 Contemporary German Culture

ALG3901 Cours avancé d`allemand I/ Advanced German I 
ALG3902 Cours avancé d`allemand II/ Advanced German II

3 credits from:
ALG3900 Special Topics in German Literature
ALG3980 German Literature Since  1900

6 optional course credits in German (ALG) at the 4000 level  from the list of optional courses

3 optional course credits in German (ALG) from the list of optional courses
6 optional course credits in German (ALG) at the 3000 level from the list of optional courses

Minor or major

42 credits (14 courses)


30 credits (10 courses)

Mandatory major or minor added after first year.
Students must add a second program, either a 42-credit major or a 30-credit minor, selected from any of a number of disciplines offered at the Telfer School of Management or at the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Science, Health Sciences or Social Sciences. The faculties of Science and Engineering also offer many majors and minors. However, these majors require 51 to 60 credits.
Note that secondary school prerequisite courses may be required for the second program.


24 or 36 credits 

(8 or 12 courses)

The number of elective courses varies according to the second program:
•    In the major option, students must take 24 electives (8 courses).
•    In the minor option, students must take 36 electives (12 courses). 



ALG2100 Special topics in German Culture
ALG2300 Masterpieces of German Literature in Translation
ALG3330 Cinema in the German-Speaking Countries
ALG3900 Special topics in German Literature
ALG3921 Directed Readings in German
ALG3980 German Literature since 1900
ALG4903 Special topics in German Culture II
ALG4904 Practicum in German
ALG4905 Directed Study in German
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