Why study German at Dal?

Enhance your career path and open your eyes to another culture

Gain a solid understanding of one of the world's most widely-spoken languages and its influences on modern thinking. Combine German studies with other programs, such as Environment, Sustainability, and Society (ESS) or Political Science—and find out how the writings of Freud, Nietzsche, Marx, Hegel, Goethe, and Schiller are still relevant to today’s complex social problems.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts, BA
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Science
Department: Department of German
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

Courses in Dal's department of German focus on three areas: language acquisition, literature, and philosophy or thought. But you'll learn more than grammar in a German language course. In fact, many profs incorporate literature and philosophy as language teaching tools, especially in upper-year courses.

Some German courses are in English, so you'll still have opportunties to explore German literature and thought even if you can't speak German.

The study abroad program encourages you experience German culture firsthand for up to a year—while earning credits toward your BA at Dal.

Sample courses:

  • German for Beginners
  • Advanced Translation
  • German Folk and Fairy Tales

Whether or not you decide to major in German, you can apply for a Certificate of Proficiency. This official recognition of your skills is definitely something that will enhance your resume.

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

Almost any career dealing with the history and culture of Europe will bring you into contact with the German language and people. Because it's one of the most widely spoken of all European languages, German is one of the most practical languages to study — whether your future plans include teaching German or simply travelling to Europe on business. Possible career options include:  

  • professor
  • foreign correspondent
  • translator

Future studies could include programs at the graduate level in German or arts and social sciences, or you could pursue a degree in law or education.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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