Great Minds. Many of the world's greatest minds conceived their masterpieces in the German tongue. Only German gives you the invigorating chance to engage these philosophers, writers, politicians, musicians, and theologians one-on-one, in the living language that helped to shape their particular weltanschauung, or views of the world.
"If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world."
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
Enhance a Career. Whether you decide to work someday for a commercial, not-for-profit, or government enterprise, the chances are greater every day that your work will bring you into contact with native speakers of German. Consider this: nearly 120 million Europeans—one quarter of Europe's population!—are native speakers of German.
In fact, German is one of the ten most commonly spoken languages worldwide. Germany is the economic powerhouse of Europe: In 2000, this country (about the size of the state of Montana) claimed 9.9% of the world’s export market—only the United States exported more (12.8%). Proficiency in German can enhance your career opportunities in international business, foreign service, scholarship and teaching, publishing and journalism, and many other interesting and challenging careers.
See the Modern Language Association's brochure Language Study in the Age of Globalization for more reasons to study a language in college!
For more information on studying German at PLU, contact Prof. Kirsten Christensen firstname.lastname@example.org, (253) 535-8775, or Prof. Jennifer Jenkins email@example.com, (253) 535-8227.