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German Studies



Go global, take German


No education is complete without an international component. Our program is cutting edge, our faculty dynamic and dedicated, and our classes, small: you will learn to communicate in German and to understand the culture.


Here's what we offer


We use Berliner Platz, a proficiency based program that prepares you for measurable and internationally recognized proficiency levels. Our classes are interactive, lively, chaotic, and fun: just like real life. Our curriculum is fair and transparent: you always know what is expected and where you stand.


How to get started


• If you've had no German, take GL 101 in the fall.

• If you've had German but don’t know what class you need, use the German Placement Test to help you find your entry level. Try the class suggested by the test or check with the German faculty.  

If you had B or better in second year high school German classes, take GL 201 in the fall. If your grades were lower than B, or it’s been a while since you studied German, take GL 101 in the fall.

If you’ve had three or more years of high school German, Third Year German (GL 301) or one of the other special topics courses may be what you need. However, talking with the  faculty is the surest way of finding the right course.


Two things to keep in mind: first, second and third year courses are taught in a sequence that begins in fall. So GL 101, 201 and 301 are always offered fall term, GL 102, 202 and 302 in winter, 103, 203 and 303 in spring.

The other point is that you can change courses during the first week of any term. Speak with the professor or try the class for a few days before making your decision.


Get advanced credit for German


AP credit - After completing four or more years of high school German, you pay a fee to take the AP exam at your school. Your test results determine the type and number of credits WOU awards.

CLEP Exam - Chemeketa Community College administers this test. You receive credit according to your test score. Call CCC at 503-399-5000 for information. 

Credit by Examination - You can challenge a course and earn credit by examination without taking the class. You apply in the Office of the Registrar and after approval, pay the fee, and schedule the test with the appropriate professor. To receive credit, you must score 80% or higher.


Use German in your degree


• Bachelor of Arts (B.A.): Complete Second Year German (203) and meet the B.A. language requirement. The B.A. can be earned in every major, including math and science.

• B.A. in German Studies - requires 43 credits after Second Year German.

• Minor in German Studies - requires Third Year German and two 300 or 400 level courses (not GL 342, 343, or 344)

• B.A. in Teaching German at the High School Level - requires 41 hours after Second Year.

• B.A. in Teaching at the Early Childhood/Elementary Level - requires 2 or 3 courses after Second Year German.

• B.A. in Teaching at Elementary/Middle Level - requires Third Year German.

• B.A. in International Studies with German focus - requires Third Year German.

• Minor in International Studies with German Focus - needs some 300 level German courses.

For details on the degrees, check the links on the left.


Use German in your career


   German companies have about 1100 subsidiaries in the USA and about 16 in Oregon, including 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.

   Every major U.S. business (over 750) has branches in Germany, which is also the highest ranking European country for Oregon exports. Working in Germany requires some German language and cultural skills. When you visit and speak only English, you're a guest; when you speak German at any level, you're family.

   Recent WOU graduates learned that federal agencies are especially interested in applicants with German skills.


Berlin Express 2012


This trip was a rousing success! We spent two fabulous weeks in December .... it was freezing, snowy, windy .... and we saw just about everything worth seeing in and around Berlin. Cost was $2600 for everything: flight and ground transportation on site, lodging, food, admissions to events, tours. Students are already asking about the next "Express".


Munich Express 2014


This is our next adventure .... we'll leave during finals week and return before Christmas. Interested students should contact Prof. Hoobler as soon as possible. We'll finalize the trip in early October.




Dr. Gudrun Hoobler
Associate Professor of German

Telephone: 503- 838-8715


Last update: May 23, 2014






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