German & Scandinavian

Germany and Scandanavia boast some of the world's most fascinating cultures, most beautiful landscapes, most advanced economics, and highest qualities of life. At UO you can learn to speak, read, and write in German or Swedish, take courses ranging from Viking sagas to present-day literature and film, and chart your own path through the literature, history, philosophy, music, art, politics, and societies of Germany and Scandanavia-- all under the personal mentorship of our professors.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Understand one of the world's richest traditions of culture and thought.

  2. Communicate in languages spoken by over 100 million people.

  3. Become an engaged global citizen comfortable in other cultures.

  4. Acquire transferable skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and communication.

  5. Gain a competitive edge in a wide variety of careers.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS). German provides students with a foundation for employment in:

International companies

Media and high tech companies

Non-governmental organizations

Government agencies

Public interest groups

Consulting firms

Research institutes

Museums and archives

Social welfare organizations

Colleges and universities
Alumni Jobs

Software writer

Study abroad director

Quality assurance engineer

Science information and research specialist

International marketing analyst


Youth program leader

Technical translator

K-12 language teacher
Courses You
May Need

1st Year
GER 101, 102, 103; 1 elective in English

2nd Year
GER 201, 202, 203; 2 electives in English

3rd Year
5 electives (at least 2 in German)

4th Year
4 electives (at least 2 in German) *At least 8 courses must be upper-division

Major Credits
Required 8
Electives 40

Total 48

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Communicating in another language

Presenting better in English

Close reading and critical analysis

Interpersonal understanding

Completing complex projects independently and in groups

Cross-cultural collaboration

Living and working in other parts of the world

Translating between different languages and forms of expression

Analyzing and explaining large amounts of information

Helping and advocating for other people
Experiential learning opportunities

Teaching internship

Student clubs
Specialized Courses

German Culture and Society

The Music of Bach and Handel

19th Century Philosophers

Norse Mythology

The Idea of Europe

Scandanavian Women Writers

Diversity in Germany, Scandanavia, and the US

Nature, Culture, and the Environment
Add A Minor Or Certificate

Global Studies

Political Science




Contact Us

Tykeson College and Career Advising

An equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This publication will be made available in accessible formats upon request. © 2020 University of Oregon. Revised: 8/12/2020