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

Warum soll ich Deutsch lernen?

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

International Savvy. 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.

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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, (253) 535-8775, or Prof. Jennifer Jenkins, (253) 535-8227.


Fall of the wall

Kirsten Christensen

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

Course Curriculum

Click on the this link to find out what you’ll need to major or minor in German.

"Die Gewalt einer Sprache ist nicht, daß sie das Fremde abweist, sondern daß sie es verschlingt."

"The power of a language is not in spurning the unfamiliar, but in devouring it."
- Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Congrats to our newest Fulbrighters!

The German Program at PLU would like to congratulate Matt Anderson and Matt Palmquist on their Fulbright Teaching Assistant awards for the 2011-12 academic year! Both former German majors will be teaching English at schools in Germany.

MattsFulbright Matt Anderson (left) will be teaching at a Gymnasium in Lachendorf near Celle in Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), and Matt Palmquist has accepted a teaching position in Neudietendorf near Erfurt in Thuringia (Thüringen). All the best to both of you and congratulations on this spectacular achievement!

German Consulate/DAAD/Radio Goethe visit, March 1, 2011

Read Matt Anderson's recap of the visit of representatives from the German Consulate in San Franciso, DAAD, and Radio Goethe by clicking on the picture below:

Matt Anderson AAC Newsletter 4-11

PLU German grad awarded Austrian Fulbright teaching award

Congratulations to Gina Fabbro, PLU alumna and German minor, on her Fulbright! Gina has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright award for the 2010-11 academic year - she will be teaching English at schools in the region of Styria (Steiermark), enjoying proximity to Hungary and Slovenia, beautiful countryside, and getting acclimated to a new dialect! 

UPDATE: Gina was awarded a year-long extension of her teaching position in Austria for the 2011-12 academic year; beginning in September she'll be teaching in Graz!

Gina Fulbright

Visit of German playwright Holger Teschke to PLU, November 2009

Hong Hall

Hong hall, 3 floors, 6 wings on a learning partnership between the Department of languages and literatures and Residential Life.

PLU life - auf Deutsch!

Would you like the opportunity to live in PLU's Deutsches Haus? Click here for a photo slideshow of Hong International Hall! For more information, check out the Hong website.

Check out our J-term course!

You can see photos from the January 2011 J-term program here.