Why learn German?

  • 46 million Americans claim German ancestors, making it the largest heritage group in the United States. 
  • 100 million EU residents speak German as their native language, making German the most widely spoken mother tongue in Europe. Another 31 percent of EU residents speak German as a second language.
  • Germany has the third strongest economy in the world (after the U.S. and Japan).
  • German exports constitute the largest share of total world trade (even ahead of the U.S.).
  • Germany is the second most important import market in the world, and the third most important import partner of the United States.
  • There are 1,200 German-owned companies in the United States, some of the largest of which are active in the state of Oregon (DaimlerChrysler, Freightliner, Wacker Chemie, Siltronic, Adidas, Reebok and SolarWorld AG).

The B.A. in German is also offered as an online degree.  You can complete all coursework for the German major online.

See an example: Ecampus video featuring our student Hope Nelson.


Scholarship for graduating seniors
The Walter & Rose Kraft Award (established in 2016) honors the achievements of OSU graduating seniors majoring in German. The award provides $1000 in scholarship funds.

Study Abroad Scholarship available for minority student of German!


Learning Outcomes:

  1. Literacies
    • Demonstrate Intermediate-High or equivalent proficiency on an officially certified oral examination in a language other than English.
    • Read and analyze written literary and nonfiction genres from multilingual and non-English speaking cultures in their original language.
    • Understand, analyze, and interact with visual and multimodal genres such as film, video, and social media from multilingual and non-English speaking cultures.
  2. Identities and Intersections
    • Explore and reflect on the experiences of members of linguistic or cultural communities that have been historically marginalized due to race, gender, sexual identity, social class or other social constructs.
    • Understand, analyze and reflect on personal identity and positionality in global/polycultural contexts.
    • Describe ways in which linguistic behavior is used to reinforce social identities.
  3. Social Architecture and Power
    • Understand and explain the concept of colonialism and identify its social and economic effects in different parts of the world.
    • Understand and explain the concept of colonialism and identify its social and economic effects in different parts of the world.
    • Describe the role of language in creating and maintaining systems of ideological and social control.
  4. Intercultural Engagement
    • Interact with community organizations affiliated with multilingual and non-English speaking communities.
    • Experience everyday life in multilingual and non-English speaking communities for at least one full term.
    • Integrate academic topics from the classroom with multilingual/polycultural interpersonal relationships.

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