Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2013/2014)
7.15 German
  • Associate Professor and Acting Head of the Department
  • J. Buffinga
7.15.1 Program of Study

The degree of Master of Arts (M.A.) is offered in German Language and Literature and may be taken by full-time or part-time study.

  1. Candidates for the M.A. degree in German are normally expected to have completed an Honours degree with a minimum of second-class standing. In addition to the general requirements, candidates will be expected to have acquired a superior knowledge of the spoken and written language as determined by the Department prior to admission.

  2. Students will be required to demonstrate superior German language skills as determined by the Department prior to admission to the program.

  3. As part of the admissions process, prospective students must submit a non-binding outline of the area in which they would like to write their thesis.

  4. Students may choose from two modes of completing the M.A. program, in accordance with the Graduate Studies Regulations Governing the Degree of Master of Arts:

    1. Candidates complete at least 18 credit hours of course work and submit a thesis. The entire program of study and research will normally take one year of full-time study. The M.A. thesis will be based on research conducted by the student.

      1. The thesis will be examined in accordance with General Regulation, Thesis and Reports.

      2. Normally, one of the assigned examiners of the thesis will be external to the Department.

    2. Candidates complete at least 18 credit hours of course work and write a comprehensive examination. The entire program of study and research will normally take one year of full-time study.

      1. The comprehensive examination shall be examined in accordance with the General Regulations, Comprehensive Examinations.

      2. Material to be covered on the M.A. comprehensive exam is normally determined by consultation between the student and the Head of the Department (or designate). The exam is written in two sittings: one exam will cover the student's chosen area and the other will cover the student's reading list and literary terminology. A final component of the comprehensive exam is an oral examination on the eras or issues covered in the written portion of the exam.

  5. All students, regardless of the mode of completing the requirements for the M.A., will be required to complete German 6103.

7.15.2 Courses

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates, as far as the resources of the Department will allow:

  • 6000 Issues in Modern Technology, Literature and Culture
  • 6001 Issues in Literature on the Edges of Society
  • 6100 Issues in the History of the German Language
  • 6103 Bibliography and Research Methods
  • 6200 Issues in Early German Literature and Culture I
  • 6201 Issues in Early German Literature and Culture II
  • 6300 Issues in Early Modern German Literature and Culture I
  • 6301 Issues in Early Modern German Literature and Culture II
  • 6800 Issues in Modern German Literature and Culture I
  • 6801 Issues in Modern German Literature and Culture II
  • 6900 Issues in Contemporary German Literature and Culture I
  • 6901 Issues in Contemporary German Literature and Culture II
  • 6903 Issues in Propaganda and Censorship
  • 7000 Special Subject or Author I
  • 7001 Special Subject or Author II
  • 7002-7020 Special Topics in German Studies