Department of Modern and Classical Languages, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
70 credits (58 additional credits for teacher certification)
In keeping with the aim of providing the skills needed to learn about a culture in depth, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages trains in two areas: language structure and literary analysis. Language structure is taught both holistically and analytically. Holistic language learning is facilitated by modern methods and multimedia technology, as well as study abroad opportunities. The department supports the analytical instruction of language structure through a full range of language skills courses, as well as a significant number of courses in linguistics. Literary analysis is essential to a student’s understanding of the highest achievements in aesthetic expression of a culture’s values.
The department provides instruction in history and culture, as well as literary theory, with an end to enabling the student to gain access to the intellectual life in the culture. The department imparts skills to future foreign language teachers so that they may similarly enable high school students to begin the acquisition of foreign languages.
Why Consider a Teaching Endorsement in German Major?
The BA in German leads to a BA degree without teacher certification. In order to receive a recommendation for state of Washington certification students must complete the “teacher certification” program which is offered by the Department of Secondary Education.
See the Secondary Education section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.
Regulations for teaching endorsement are subject to change. For teaching endorsement program, contact the foreign language endorsement advisor.
Modern and Classical
Languages Department Office
Miller Hall 223
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Miller Hall 223
World Languages - Education Advisor
Miller Hall 223B
Secondary Education Website
Miller Hall 401C
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How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):
Make an appointment with the German advisor.
When meeting with the advisor, you should bring:
- An “Official Declaration of Undergraduate Major” form (available at the Department Office)
- An unofficial WWU transcript
- Documentation for courses taken at other colleges or universities
- Documentation for any study-abroad credits earned
Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in the secondary education professional program and in all courses required for the endorsement.
A GPA of 3.00 is required in the language major and a GPA of 3.00 or above is required in endorsement courses.