The reunification of Germany and the creation of the European Union have been interpreted by many as sure signs that we were heading for a global world, which would demand of us that we act as post-national citizens. National narratives have resisted and challenged such a view, as is especially evident now in the context of the European currency crisis. Citizens of the various European nations hold fast to their national identities instead of making way for that new creation which Nietzsche called the good European. Germany’s new position of power within the European Union – celebrated by some, bemoaned by others – confirms that Germany’s historical significance will not remain confined to its tragic past: Germany is and will be a force to be reckoned with in the 21st century. As such, we believe that the relevance of German Studies has not vanished together with the last remnants of the Berlin Wall.

Why study German at Bishop’s?

The German Studies Section at Bishop’s provides students with an understanding of German culture through the study of German language, civilization, and literature. It is our aim to expose students to an up-to-date picture of Germany through the use of contemporary literary and non-literary texts and through diverse media (films, documentaries, audio-visual material, internet resources etc.).

We are further convinced that contrasting one’s own culture with a foreign culture not only broadens one’s horizons and increases awareness, but it can be simply a suspenseful, exciting, and fun adventure.

Courses & Programs

The German Studies Section offers courses in the following categories: Language, Literature, Cinema and Civilization, and Independent Studies. Third-year course offerings will vary regularly over a three-year cycle. All Literature, Cinema, and Civilization courses are offered in English. Students in a German Studies program who have completed at least GER 102 or equivalent will attend a weekly lab-hour where texts will be read and discussed in German. Written work in German will also be assigned within the framework of the lab-hour.

Major in Modern Languages with concentration in German Studies

(30 credits for concentration)

The German Studies Concentration in the Major in Modern Languages consists of 30 credits with a minimum of 6 credits in literature, film and civilization courses.

International Major in German Studies

(45 credits)

The International Major in German Studies requires the completion of 42 credits in German and MLA 101. Among the German credits, at least 12 must be drawn from courses in literature, film and civilization. With departmental approval, some of these courses may be double-counted for another program concentration.

This program requires the completion of German course credits abroad; students are thus expected to spend at least one semester at a partner university in Germany. Students should apply for acceptance to this program before going on exchange, and they should consult with the Head of the German Studies Section regarding the selection of appropriate exchange courses.

Popular courses

GER 270: Introduction to German Film:
“Great course! Some of these films really changed my life. The prof is very helpful and makes the class interesting.”

GER 289: History and Memory in Berlin:
“The passion of the professor for the subject matter and her commitment to the students is outstanding!”

Where can this lead me?

Our graduates moved on to exciting careers in the following areas:

  • Graduate School
  • Management and Business
  • Public and International Service
  • Communications, Media and Journalism
  • Translation
  • Tourism
  • Human Ressources
  • Teaching and Education

Exchange Program

Students in Japan on exchange program

Bishop’s has a well-developed international exchange program, which permits students to go abroad to perfect their knowledge of language and culture. Students have the opportunity to spend a semester or a full year abroad, thanks to exchange agreements between Quebec (CREPUQ) and universities in Germany.

Ready to join us?

Need more information?

For the complete list of courses and more details, see the Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures section of the Academic Calendar.


For more information, please contact the Chair of the Department.