Create and transmit knowledge concerning the German language, literature and culture in a climate that promotes ease of communication and mutual understanding.


Learning Outcomes


  • Speak, aurally comprehend, write and read German at a level suitable for graduate education or careers in business, government, social services or tourism.
  • Explain and apply German cultural and historical perspectives to events and ideas in a globalized society.
  • Analyze and critique original texts and cultural artifacts from German sources.



Study Abroad, an internship or a capstone project in a German-speaking country is required.

If the student is unable to study or intern abroad, the advisor will help design a capstone project that meets the objectives of study abroad.  Students finish this component after Second or Third Year German.  The Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik offers courses in an immersion setting.

Students who begin courses beyond 201 must identify substitute credits with their advisor.



This major does not lead to a German degree but may lead to an education degree following the completion of the professional education core in the College of Education. Requirements for admission into education programs can be obtained from the College of Education.


German Teacher Education Major (53)

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Required Courses:

This major requires students to study abroad.  Please see an advisor for this degree about appropriate classes.

53 hours beyond first year language.

GL 201,202,203 Second Year German (12)

GL 301, 302, 303 Third Year German (12)

GL 331 Pronunciation and Phonetics (3)

GL 340, 341 Culture and Civilization (6)

GL 416 Language Teaching Practicum (2)

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Choose two: (minimum 6 credits)

400-level German Language courses.  Limited courses are offered each quarter; select in consultation with advisor.



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Choose four: (minimum 12 credits)

Choose from upper-division courses.






German Program

Department Contact: Kristen Klay | 503-838-9426 | e-mail: klayk@wou.edu | Location: Maaske 331