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Undergraduate Degrees

We offer the following degrees:

Majors (B.A.)

German Language, Literature, and Culture

Interdisciplinary German Studies

German with Scandinavian Focus

B.A. with Honors

5-Year Bachelor and Master of Arts (B.A./M.A.) Program in German




German Language, Literature, and Culture

Interdisciplinary German Studies


Why Study German or Swedish?

Learning another language fulfills the primary purpose of a university education: It prepares you to reason, analyze, solve problems, and communicate in a world of widely differing cultures. Within the Department of German and Scandinavian, students can choose a major with a concentration in German Literature, Language and Culture, Interdisciplinary German Studies, or Scandinavian. Language instruction includes German and Swedish.

More than 100 million people speak German as a first language, and it is the official language of six countries. More than 1000 companies based in German-speaking countries have subsidiaries in the U.S. In all of these firms there is a need for employees with an understanding of German language and culture.

Approximately 20 million people’s mother tongue is a Scandinavian language, and notable Scandinavian literature spans a broad range from the beloved children’s stories of Hans Christian Andersen to the modern crime novels by Stieg Larsson.

The University of Oregon Department of German and Scandinavian ranks among the top 10 colleges and universities in the number of students majoring in German. The University of Oregon also has the only program in Oregon in which students can get a major or a minor in Scandinavian. Classes are discussion-based with engaging activities designed to involve and engross students with both group and individual writing assignments.

Many students choose to study abroad, some with awards from The Fulbright Program and the German Academic Exchange Service. The University of Oregon offers a local internship program for advanced students of German to teach German in an elementary or middle school. Or you might take advantage of an opportunity to intern in a German-speaking or Scandinavian country.


German language student, Drake Hills, sat down with the Yamada Language Center to talk about his experience learning German at the University of Oregon, and the opportunities that the German language offers.

Jarrett #SpeaksToTheWorld in Danish, Swedish, Japanese and Eng…

"My grandfather was the last who spoke Danish. He grew up with it, and he refused to teach his children Danish because 'We're Americans and by God, we're gonna speak American.' [The language] basically died with him."Landscape Architecture and Scandinavian Literature student Jarrett Nielsen took an interest in learning Danish at a young age. He saw it as a way to look into his family's genealogy and Nordic ethnic history. He sees his two areas of study as the perfect combination since architecture is such a booming industry – and always has been – in Scandinavia. From studying in Sweden and Denmark, Nielsen also feels most comfortable in this region of the world.To learn more about the Scandinavian program at UO, visit: and UO Department of German and Scandinavian#SpeakToTheWorld

Posted by Languages of UO on Thursday, February 9, 2017

Landscape Architecture and Scandinavian Literature student Jarrett Nielsen sat down with the Languages of UO to talk about how learning Danish has impacted his life and helped him connect to his family history.


Points of Interest:

– Get a taste of music, art, philosophy, and literature while building your language skills through on-campus course work.

– Experience the magic of study abroad programs in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway or Sweden. Ski, take a dip in a frozen lake, research your ancestors, learn culture and idiom from native speakers—all while receiving University of Oregon credit.

– Join the department’s extracurricular activities, like the German Club, German Coffee Hour, or the Scandinavian Fika Club.

– Every other year, the department produces a German play. Past performances have included plays by Bertolt Brecht and Arthur Schnitzler.


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