The Department of German and Scandinavian offers a bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in German. Students can focus their studies by emphasizing German language, literature, and culture; Scandinavian; or German studies.
The department does not accept a grade of C– or lower in any course used to fulfill requirements for a major in German.
Preparation. Students with experience in German must take a placement examination during registration week to help with proper placement.
Undergraduate students preparing for graduate work in German are advised to begin study of a third language. They should also take related courses either in English or in another European literature, or both, or in philosophy or history. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to write a thesis or senior paper before applying to graduate schools.
Careers. A bachelor’s degree in German enables students to pursue careers in college and secondary teaching, international business, government and foreign service, and translation and editorial work. Graduates of the department have been especially successful in being accepted into graduate programs in German, Scandinavian, linguistics, history, comparative literature, and international studies. Many professional schools look favorably on a student with a major focus in German or Scandinavian. Recent graduates of the department have been successful applicants to schools of law and business.
Majors with a focus in German language, literature, and culture or German studies must be proficient in the German language, typically demonstrated by satisfactory completion of at least the third term of Second-Year German (GER 203) or the second term of Intensive Second-Year German (GER 205).
German Language, Literature, and Culture Focus
Courses from other disciplines outside of German may not be used to satisfy requirements for this focus of the major.
1. Five upper-division German-language courses (20 credits)
2. Seven upper-division German literature and culture courses (28 credits)
3. Of the twelve courses from (1) and (2):
a. Six courses must be taken in the UO Department of German and Scandinavian
b. At least four must be 400-level GER–subject code courses, two of which must be taken at the University of Oregon; one of the two must be in literature, culture, or theory
c. One course may be taken pass/no pass
d. Only one course taught in English may count toward the major
4. German advising conference workshop taken pass/no pass (1 credit)
5. German language retreat workshop (GER 408) is strongly recommended (2 credits)
The following courses cannot be used to satisfy major requirements: Special Studies (GER 199), German for Reading Knowledge (GER 327, 328, 329), Reading and Conference (GER 405), Special Problems (GER 406), Workshop (GER 408), and in most cases Practicum (GER 409).
Students who want to study in Germany should plan their course work carefully in consultation with the undergraduate advisor.
1. Proficiency in a Scandinavian language, demonstrated either by evaluation by the Scandinavian advisor or by successful completion, with grades of mid-C or better, of FINN or DANE or NORW or SWED 203
2. A topical upper-division course from a related field if approved by the advisor (4 credits)
3. Three upper-division courses in one Scandinavian language, or their equivalent (12 credits)
4. Eight upper-division Scandinavian literature and culture courses (32 credits). Of the eight,
a. Two may be culture and civilization courses
b. Three must be taken in the UO Department of German and Scandinavian
c. One may be taken pass/no pass
5. German advising conference workshop taken pass/no pass (1 credit)
Students who want to study in Denmark, Finland, Norway, or Sweden should plan their course work carefully in consultation with departmental undergraduate advisors in Scandinavian.
German Studies Focus
The German studies focus combines advanced language training and German literature courses in an interdisciplinary program that includes courses in history, philosophy, political science, art history, music, religious studies, and Judaic studies. The focus is described in the German Studies section of this catalog.
To earn a bachelor of arts degree with departmental honors, a student must maintain at least a 3.50 grade point average (GPA) and write an honors essay or thesis approved by the departmental honors committee for 4 credits in Thesis (GER 403). More information is available from departmental undergraduate advisors.
The Department of German and Scandinavian offers a minor in German, one in Scandinavian, and one in German studies.
The German minor correlates well with studies that have an international or European concentration. It is particularly useful for students of international studies, international business, European history, medieval studies, sociology, political science, journalism, linguistics, art history, music history, other languages, theater, and related fields.
The German minor requires seven upper-division courses in German (28 credits). These may include courses in language, literature, and culture and civilization. Only one course taught in English may be applied to the minor. No courses from other departments count toward the minor in German. Grades of at least mid-C or P (pass) must be earned in all courses used to satisfy requirements for the minor. One course may be taken pass/no pass. At least three courses (12 credits) must be taken on the UO campus. One credit in the foreign language retreat workshop is strongly recommended.
The following courses do not count toward the German minor: Special Studies (GER 199), German for Reading Knowledge (GER 327, 328, 329), Reading and Conference (GER 405), Special Problems (GER 406), Workshop (GER 408), and in most cases Practicum (GER 409).
Since all courses are not offered every year, plans should be made well in advance so that students can take prerequisites for 400-level courses. Specific questions should be addressed to departmental undergraduate German advisors.
The Scandinavian minor correlates well with studies that have an international or European concentration. It is particularly useful for students of international business, European history, sociology, political science, theater arts, and art history.
The minor requires
1. Proficiency in a Scandinavian language, demonstrated either by evaluation by the Scandinavian advisor or by successful completion, with grades of mid-C or better, of either FINN or DANE or NORW or SWED 203
2. Seven upper-division Scandinavian courses (28 credits) including
a. Three language courses in one Scandinavian language, or their equivalent
b. Three Scandinavian literature courses
c. One Scandinavian culture course
One course may be taken pass/no pass
Specific questions about the Scandinavian minor should be addressed to departmental undergraduate advisors in Scandinavian.
German Studies Minor
The German studies minor is described in the German Studies section of this catalog.
General-Education Requirements. The Department of German and Scandinavian offers many courses, including several taught in English, that satisfy university general-education requirements. See the Group Requirements and Multicultural Requirement sections of this catalog under Registration and Academic Policies.
Professional Distinctions Certificate
German or Scandinavian courses may be used to satisfy requirements for a professional distinctions certificate in international communication and culture. The Professional Distinctions program is described in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog.
European Studies Certificate
Some courses may be applied to the European studies certificate. See the European Studies section of this catalog for more information.
Germany. The department encourages students of German to study in Germany on one of the University of Oregon–sponsored exchange programs—the yearlong Baden-Wurttemberg program or the spring intensive German-language program in Tubingen. Study for one or two months in summer is available in Berlin. Students may also study for one or two terms in Vienna. Another opportunity is to study during the summer at the Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik in Portland.
Students in University of Oregon overseas study programs enroll in courses with subject codes that are unique to individual programs. Special course numbers are reserved for overseas study. See International Affairs in the Academic Resources section of this catalog.
For more information, students should consult departmental representatives and the International Affairs office. Students working toward a German major or minor must consult an undergraduate advisor before beginning any study abroad program in order to ensure that departmental requirements can be met. Study in Germany (GER 317) is required as preparation for students planning to study abroad on one of the UO-sponsored exchange programs.
German majors must complete six courses on the UO campus, two of which must be 400-level courses with the GER subject code, unless they intend to graduate in absentia while enrolled through the Baden-Wurttemberg program.
Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Students in Scandinavian are strongly encouraged to spend a year studying in an exchange program at Denmark’s International Study Program in Copenhagen, at Copenhagen Business School, at Aalborg University in Denmark, at the University of Tampere in Finland, at the University of Bergen or the University of Oslo in Norway, or at the University of Uppsala in Sweden. For more information, consult departmental advisors in Scandinavian.
Kindergarten through Secondary Teaching Careers
Students who complete the BA degree with a major in German are eligible to apply for the College of Education’s fifth-year licensure program in middle-secondary teaching, or the fifth-year licensure program to become an elementary teacher. More information is available from the department’s education advisors, Susan Anderson and Dorothee Ostmeier; see also the College of Education section of this catalog.
Some German courses may be applied to requirements for the certificate in second-language acquisition and teaching. See the Linguistics section of this catalog for a description of the certificate. More information is available from department advisors.