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German Major and Minor

Some of the noblest contributions to philosophy, theology, music, literature, science, and art, come from the German-speaking people. The Seaver College German minor program prepares students to develop competency in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing the German language.

As of the 2023-2024 academic year, German will no longer be offered as a major. 

German Minor

Our students develop competency in German while practicing language skills, studying German culture, history, and literature, and even studying an additional language. A minor in German complements students' other chosen fields. Students minoring in German acquire a valuable tool to aid them in their quest for knowledge, insight, appreciation, perspective, and objectivity. Students majoring in other areas but interested in German may receive a minor in German by taking 20 units in the language.


What International Studies and Languages Division Grads Are Doing

Data collected from the 2022 class within six months of graduation.



Employed Full-Time or Part-Time


Admitted to Graduate School


Total Settled Graduates

Why Pepperdine

Pepperdine Seaver College is consistently recognized among the top-ranked universities in California and the United States. We are a Christian university where students grow in knowledge and character. As a liberal arts institution, we focus on providing rich opportunities for intellectual and spiritual exploration for students with a diverse community.



Located in Malibu, CA


13:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio


80% of Students Participate in an International Program


120,000 + Alumni Network

Student Opportunities

Secondary Teaching Credential

Our teacher education program is an integrated program in which students receive their subject matter preparation and professional preparation simultaneously. It provides the coursework and fieldwork experiences necessary to qualify teacher candidates for a SB2042 preliminary multiple subject teaching credential or a single subject teaching credential.


Internship Opportunities

We encourage students to gain practical experience in some area of international studies through an internship. The Pepperdine Career Center offers local internship opportunities, and International Programs' Washington, D.C. Program also offers study and internship opportunities in the nation's capital. In addition to the federal government, a number of international organizations are based, or have major branches, in the city.

Heidelberg, Germany

Recommended International Study

The International Studies and Language Division strongly encourages students to study abroad through the Pepperdine University's International Programs. These programs are an excellent way to gain overseas experience and make rapid progress in fulfilling the language requirement for the major.

German Studies Student Testimonials


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International Studies & Languages Division
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
Office: PLC 101


George Carlsen
Divisional Dean

Helen Tangalos Livanos
Office Manager

Erica Reisser
Administrative Assistant