German @ plu

Current students go HERE for German-language podcasts, scholarship information, deadlines, and much more!

Warum sollte ich Deutsch lernen?

Why study German? Consider some of the following reasons for exploring German language and culture:

A crucial part of PLU’s mission is to prepare its students for life in an increasingly internationalized world, and an indispensable part of this life is the ability to speak and understand a foreign language.

“Through the diversity of languages grows the richness of the world, and with it, the diversity of that which we discover there.”
- Wilhelm von Humboldt

There are very few places left on earth in which it is still common for an educated person to speak only one language. This means that when you meet someone from another culture, that person is likely to know your language. Will you know hers?

Studying the German language and the cultures in which it is spoken fosters not only your intellectual growth, but your growth as a global citizen as well.

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 perspective on the world.

“If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.”
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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 (kmc@plu.edu, 253-535-8775), or Prof. Jennifer Jenkins (jlj@plu.edu, 253-535-8227).

“Die Gewalt einer Sprache ist nicht, daß sie das Fremde abweist, sondern daß sie es verschlingt.”
“The power of a language lies not in spurning the unfamiliar, but in devouring it.”
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Kirsten with students
Fall of the wall

PLU professor Kirsten M. Christensen shares her experiences about being in East Berlin during the fall of the wall.

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Course Curriculum

Find out what you’ll need to major or minor in German.

2014-2015
New PLU German Fulbright scholar

The German Program at PLU congratulates Tommy Flanagan on his Fulbright award to teach in Germany for the 2014-15 academic year!

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PLU Life - auf Deutsch!

Would you like the opportunity to live in PLU’s Deutsches Haus? Check out these Hong German House promo videos!