Learning Outcomes | German

After Pacific | The German program at Pacific University prepares students to interact professionally with Europe’s technological and economic giants and gives them a solid understanding of the region’s cultural and social dynamics. Our graduates work in business, international law, healthcare, computer science, media arts and education.

Our students have also received Fulbright Scholarships for postgraduate work in teaching or research in Austria and Germany and prestigious scholarships to study abroad.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Modern Languages major may concentrate in French, German, Japanese or Spanish as a primary language, and French, German, Japanese, Spanish or Chinese as a secondary language. Students may also select a major in Japanese or Spanish or a major in French or German Studies.

The department seeks to graduate majors who:

  • Embody the essence of liberal arts values
  • Have a high level of proficiency in all four skill areas of the language of concentration: listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Have participated in at least a semester of study abroad and are sensitive to cultural differences
  • Have some knowledge of the major literary, intellectual and historical trends of the cultures of concentration
  • Are acquainted with the different modes of research within their field
  • Have conducted original research and written a senior thesis in the language of specialization or have completed a capstone project
  • Are prepared to pursue graduate/professional studies or immediately enter the job market able to seek employment in a broad spectrum of career possibilities

Program Purpose

The Department of World Languages and Literatures seeks to provide the general student with awareness of and sensitivity toward the cultural and linguistic diversity of an increasingly interconnected world. For students specializing in language study, the Modern Languages curriculum teaches proficiency in speaking, writing, reading, and comprehending a modern language. Majors spend a semester or a year in study abroad. The curriculum is designed to ensure mastery of the languages studied through intensive conversational training.