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Germanic and Slavic Studies

In this program you can study Russian, German and Ukrainian. You’ll explore:

  • film
  • literature
  • culture
  • language and linguistics

Potential careers

What can you do with a Germanic and Slavic studies degree? Here are a few jobs that relate to the program:

  • cultural programs coordinator
  • museum curator
  • archivist
  • international business development officer
  • immigration officer
  • intelligence or foreign officer             
  • human resources strategist
  • communications consultant
  • translator or interpreter
  • language educator or linguist
  • marketing director
  • journalist or media correspondent
  • public policy analyst
  • leisure and tourism coordinator
  • cinematographer
  • teacher or instructor
  • entrepreneur
  • tour leader
  • program manager
  • social media manager
  • territorial sales

Some of these roles may require post-graduate studies or training. 

Find a career that fits you

Experience & connections

Opportunities in the Germanic and Slavic studies program

  • With the Co-op Program you can alternate study with paid work. 

Opportunities outside your program

  • With a work study position you can develop skills during your study term.
  • Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community while you build skills.

Networks you can connect to

Here are a few professional associations related to Germanic and Slavic studies:

Hands-on learning opportunities

These courses in the Germanic and Slavic studies program offer extensive hands-on learning.

Co-op

Co-op work terms
Alternate academic study with paid work terms to gain workplace experience

Course-based

GMST 484 - Holocaust Testimony and Archival Practice
Index and conceptualizing Holocaust narratives and testimony

Creative or design project

GMST 355 - German Expressionism (1910-1933)
Produce a creative project exploring German Expressionism

GMST 453 - After-Images of the Holocaust in Text and Film
Design and produce a scale version of a Holocaust memorial

SLST 111 - Beginning Ukrainian I
Perform a skit in Ukrainian

Creative or performance exhibit

GMST 488 - Performing German Drama
Produce, advertise and perform a drama in German for a community audience

Field experience

GMST 301 - Advanced German I
GMST 302 - Advanced German II
Observe and help teach classes at the Victoria German School

SLST 401 - Advanced Russian Practice
SLST 403 - Topics in Russian Culture, Literature, Film (in Russian)
Observe classes taught at the Russian Saturday School

Field school

GMST 489 - I-witness Field School
(international experience)
Spend three weeks in Europe studying Holocaust memorialization

Research project

GMST 453 - After-Images of the Holocaust in Text and Film
Design and produce a scale version of a Holocaust memorial

GMST 499 - Honours Thesis
Research, write and orally present a graduating honours essay

Work experience

Work experience work terms
Take part in a modified co-op program requiring one or two work experiences

Russian International Affairs Council Internships
Take part in a four-month internship in Moscow. For more information contact Natalia Evtikhevich at evtikhevich@mail.ru.

These courses are not always offered as described.

What you'll learn

Every student at UVic builds skills all employers look for. At UVic Co-op & Career we call these  "competencies". This is what you’ll learn in the Germanic and Slavic studies program.

German language

  • read and write in German
  • speak in German
  • use appropriate German grammar, syntax, pronunciation and vocabulary
  • prepare and deliver presentations in German
  • translate from German into English and from English into German

Russian language

  • read and write in Russian
  • speak in Russian
  • use appropriate Russian grammar, syntax, pronunciation and vocabulary
  • prepare and deliver presentations in Russian
  • translate from Russian into English and from English into Russian

Literature in German

  • be familiar with literature in German from the medieval period to the present
  • understand the literary traditions in German
  • understand the literary canon 
  • understand literary history and literary movements including naturalism, expressionism and impressionism
  • understand literary genres and styles

Literature in Russian

  • be familiar with literature in Russian from the medieval period to the present
  • understand the literary traditions in Russian
  • understand the literary canon
  • understand literary history and literary movements through the tsarist, soviet and post-communist periods
  • understand literary genres and styles

Literary interpretation

  • critically read works of literature and describe how literary texts generate meaning
  • understand major issues in literary criticism
  • read literature in relation to literary theory
  • use close reading skills and literary terminology, including metre, figurative language, speaker, persona, tone and voice
  • identify the critical questions to ask about a body of material

Historical, social and cultural perspective

  • identify the historical, social and cultural context in which a text is produced
  • understand how historical, cultural and social contexts impact literary texts
  • explore historical, social and cultural perspectives with intellectual curiosity
  • consider nationalism, imperialism and militarism and in the context of literature
  • consider politics, religion, ethnicity, race, gender and class in the context of literature

What's next?

To explore more visit the Germanic and Slavic studies site. For degree planning contact your adviser for help.

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