German is the most widely spoken first language in the European Union, the official language of five western European counties and a second language for many eastern European countries. Germany itself has the largest national economy in Europe and is one of the world's top exporters. The country is a technological giant, so learning the language is of benefit to those interested in international business, technology, diplomacy, international relations and education as well as social and cultural activities in the areas of music, literature and the arts.

Pacific University students have had remarkable success in obtaining Fulbright Scholarships for post-graduate work teaching or doing research in Austria and Germany. In addition, German studies majors have been awarded prestigious scholarships from the German Academic Exchange Service and the Kongress Bundestag to study abroad.

Our University students earning a bachelor's degree in German studies have found careers in business, international law, the health professions, computer science, media arts, education and university administration.

Program Highlights

  • Interdisciplinary major brings together courses in language, literature, history, philosophy, music and film
  • All lower-division and upper-division courses are taught in German
  • German majors study abroad for at least one semester in Germany or Austria
  • Native-speaking language assistant sponsored by the Fulbright Commission assists with teaching and activities
  • Extracurricular activities in which German can be practiced are available both on and off campus
  • Two- and three-week travel courses are offered periodically in Germany and Austria
  • Students can engage in course work with other students around the world, in real time, through technology and language learning software at the Pacific's Center for Languages and International Collaboration

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    German courses include language instruction from beginning to advanced studies. In addition, courses on German literature, grammar, composition, film and drama are available. Students also may take classes offering in-depth study of various cultural issues in German-speaking countries, including politics, history, contemporary media and music. Students majoring in German studies complete a final senior project or thesis that helps in future career and graduate studies pursuits.

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