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Hello Alumni,

We’d love to know what you’re doing these days and how your experience in the German and Scandinavian Department plays into your current career. Please take our survey and let us know what you’re up to.

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Alumni

 Grant Barba

Grant Barba

B.A. 2011 cum laude (Majors: German and Political Science; Minor: European Studies)

I chose to study German at the University of Oregon after studying abroad in Tübingen, Germany my freshman year in an intensive language program. The Department’s friendly and helpful atmosphere has continued my enthusiasm for German here as well. Small class sizes and one on one time with professors make the German major more appealing than other large departments, because you get to know your professor and classmates on a personal level. Literature classes can be demanding at times, but the class discussions and the sense of accomplishment after reading difficult texts in a second language make them rewarding and enjoyable.

 

 Renee Irvin

Renee Irvin

Associate Professor, PPPM
Associate Dean for Finance, AAA

Ph.D. 1998 (Economics), University of Washington
M.A. 1991 (Economics), University of Washington
B.A. 1984 (Major: German)

I couldn’t have chosen a richer, more intellectually satisfying bachelor’s degree than German. Not only did I have to make my way in a new language, but I learned to view my situation from the viewpoint of a different culture, history, and economic base. Writing my Ph.D. dissertation in Economics a few years later came easier because of this classic liberal arts training. And although my work is mainly in finance and policy now, I find that my non-work life is enriched by being able to read in German, when I want a break from English!

 

Kerry Marnell

Kerry Marnell

B.A. 2010, summa cum laude (Majors: German and Romance Languages)

I loved my classes at the University of Oregon, and I especially enjoyed all of the extra-curricular activities related to German including the weekly Stammtisch at Tracktown Pizza, and German game nights.  My interest in learning German goes back to Roseburg High School, where I took four years of German classes and participated in a one-month GAPP exchange program.  I decided to study German at the University of Oregon after having spent a year attending high school in Kalkriese, Niedersachsen, on a scholarship from the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program. In my freshman year at the University of Oregon I won the German-American Society of Portland’s scholarship essay competition, and in my senior year I was awarded the Philip and Teresa Hansen Scholarship by the University of Oregon German Department. I spent my junior year in Fribourg, Switzerland, where I took classes in German, French, and Italian.  I received my B.A. in German and Romance Languages in June 2010, and went on to teach English for a year in Innsbruck, Austria, as part of the USTA Fulbright program.  Right now I am working toward my master’s degree in German Studies at the University of Arizona and I hope to teach German later at the high school level.

 

 Thea Samson

Thea Samson

B.A. 2011, magna cum laude (Major: German; Minor: Political Science)

The German Department at the University of Oregon has given me both an intimate and expansive and connected college experience. Because of the relatively small size, the teacher to student ratio is very high, and has allowed me to work more closely with both my fellow students and my professors. Yet the department is also connected in town with elementary schools for internships and of course internationally with our many partners in Europe.

Possibly the most rewarding aspect of the German department is the applicability of the knowledge and skills we cultivated. For me that was specifically teaching theory and practice. At the UO I was able to do an internship teaching at Edison Elementary school in Eugene and assist in the German language courses on campus, yet I was also able to teach and work in a German kindergarten while in a study abroad program.



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