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German Studies

Why learn German at WOU?

  • Germany is the powerhouse of Europe and a global leader while German speakers live, work, and travel world-wide.
  • The WOU German Program prepares students to understand German culture and to function in a German-speaking environment.
  • Our integrated curriculum teaches language in the context of German culture, history, and current events.
  • In our small, interactive classes students use German to practice critical thinking, creativity, and teamwork.

The German Studies Major includes

  • Three years of language study and two interdisciplinary courses.
  • Study abroad.
  • Preparation for internationally recognized language certificates, the Zertifikate. These certificates show what one knows and are required for work and study in Germany. The Zertifikat C1 allows students to study free of charge at any German university at undergraduate and graduate levels. Taking the certificate exams is optional.
  • $2000 in grants are awarded yearly to qualified students in German.

How to get started

  • No German experience: Take GL 101 fall term.
  • Not sure? Take the German Placement Test and find your entry level. (Click "German Study Info" above)
  • B or better in second year high school German: Take GL 201 fall term.
  • Three + years of high school German: Take GL 301 fall term.

Please remember that:

  • Course sequences (101, 201, 301) always start fall term
  • You can change courses during the first week of classes

Get advanced credit for German

  • AP credit: After completing four years of high school German, pay a fee for the AP exam at your school. Your test results determine the type and number of credits WOU awards.
  • CLEP Exam: Take at Chemeketa Community College; receive credit according to test score. Call 503-399-5000 for information.
  • Credit by Examination: Get approval from faculty, pay fee in the Office of the Registrar, schedule and take exam; must score 80% or higher.

Use German in your degree

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.): Earn a C- or better in GL 203 and major in any subject.
  • B.A. in German Studies: Take 43 credits after Second Year German.
  • Minor in German Studies: Take Third Year German and two other courses in German.
  • B.A. in Teaching German at the High School Level: Take 41 credits after Second Year.
  • B.A. in Teaching at the Early Childhood/Elementary Level: Take 2 or 3 courses after Second Year German.
  • B.A. in Teaching at Elementary/Middle Level: Take Third Year German.
  • B.A. in International Studies with German focus: Take Third Year German.
  • Minor in International Studies with German Focus: Take 301 or 302/303.

Use German in your career

  • German companies have 1100 subsidiaries in the USA, 16 in Oregon (Adidas, SolarWorld, Freightliner, Wacker Siltronic Corporation, Siemens, TUV America, Dywidag International, FAG Bearing Company, Ferrostaal Metals Corporation, Rendata, Scala Electronics, and SGL Carbon Corporation). Many recruit locally and prefer employees with German skills.
  • Over 750 major U.S. business have branches in Germany, the highest ranking European country for Oregon exports.
  • Working in Germany requires some German language and cultural skills.
  • Federal agencies prefer applicants with German skills.

Two-Week Germany Express Tours

  • Leave early December and return by Christmas.
  • Cost: About $2600 for flight, food, lodging, transportation, admissions, tours.
  • Group size: maximum six students; sign up by mid-October.
  • Group Organizer: Dr. Hoobler (hoobleg@wou.edu / 503.838.8715)


Last update: 6.16.2015


German Program (503) 838-8715 | or e-mail: hoobleg@wou.edu

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