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German Studies


Our innovative program in German offers a minor in German Studies. In a dynamic, student-centered environment, you’ll undertake rigorous courses in German language, history, music, art history, business, social studies or the sciences, and we supplement classroom learning with visits from artists, diplomats and other professionals from all corners of the world. Whether your goal is to aquire language skills for graduate school or to combine German with another degree, you’ll acquire the language skills and experiences that make you stand out.

On campus, we bring German culture alive through immersion activities that include our German conversation group, the German Club, film seminars, our popular weekend retreats and trips to Ashland, Oregon, to see plays by German-language authors. Your classroom studies and cultural experiences prepare you for meaningful interaction with German-speaking people anywhere in the world. Through our affordable study abroad programs, you may choose to enroll for a semester or a year at Martin Luther University in Halle, Germany.

Program Description

Students take language classes in a dynamic, student-centered environment that highlights language acquisition as well as cultural sensitivity for the heritage of the German-speaking nations. Beginning students acquire the ability to speak, understand, read, and write in German with reasonable fluency. Students coming in at a high level of language ability can dive into the advanced courses. Faculty assists students wishing to apply the language to other fields, such as art, music, business, social studies, or the natural sciences. Visits by literary critics, artists, consular officials, and guests from various parts of the German-speaking world often complement classes. Taped interviews, videos, DVDs, films, and computer software are also available.

Opportunities for enhancing classroom knowledge are offered, which may include weekend workshops, conversation groups, the German Club, film seminars, and im- mersion retreats. Retreats take place in a youth hostel, away from the university in a coastal setting. Students have the opportunity to study abroad with the CSU International Programs in the state of Baden Württemberg. Students may also consider other opportunities to travel and study in German-speaking countries, including the bilateral semester or year-long exchange program with Martin Luther University in Halle for which students may apply for a scholarship.

Possible careers: Careers in the USA, Europe and other countries include artist, musician, web-designer, teacher, ESL teacher, international banker, lawyer, or financier, interpreter, travel agent, tour guide, export/import employee, Foreign Service officer, foreign correspondent, or work in non-governmental organizations.