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German Courses (GER)

GE Core denotes General Education Core credit;
GE Marker
denotes General Education Marker credit;
CAR denotes College Additional Requirement credit.

Courses Read in English

German literature courses read in English translation are as follows:

 

215, 216 German Civilization: Readings in English (3:3), (3:3)

GE Marker: GL

 

217, 218 Masterworks of German Literature Read in English (3:3), (3:3)

GE Core: GLT

GE Marker: GL

 

221 Germanic Mythology: Readings in English (3:3)

GE Marker: GL

 

A full description of the above courses will be found in numerical order in the German courses listed below.

 

Courses for Undergraduates

101, 102 Elementary German (3:3), (3:3)

GE Marker: GL

Essentials of speaking, listening, reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar. Supplementary work in the Multimedia Language Laboratory.

101L Elementary German Laboratory (1:1)

Coreq. concurrent registration in GER 101

Optional supplementary multimedia lab course at the elementary level for students interested in improving their command of the language. Course meets one hour a week for the whole semester.

101B, 102B Elementary Business German (3:3), (3:3)

GE Marker: GL

Essentials of grammar, graded reading, vocabulary building. Business language emphasis in laboratory work required.

102L Elementary German Laboratory (1:1)

Coreq. concurrent registration in GER 102 or permission of instructor

Optional supplementary multimedia lab course at the elementary level for students interested in improving their command of the language. Course meets one hour a week for the whole semester.

203 Intermediate German (3:3)

GE Marker: GL

CAR: GFL

Proficiency level: GER 102 or equivalent

Continuation and further study of basic German structures with emphasis on spoken and written language skills.

204 Intermediate German Topics (3:3)

GE Marker: GL

CAR: GFL

Proficiency level: GER 203 or equivalent

Reading, composition and discussion, at an intermediate level, based on German texts on various topics.

205 Experimental Course: German for Reading Knowledge (3:3)

Reading German-language texts at an advanced intermediate level. (Offered fall '08)

215, 216 German Civilization: Readings in English (3:3), (3:3)

GE Marker: GL

Cultural, political, and social development of Germany from its origin to the present. 215—Middle Ages (Romanesque, Gothic) through the fifteenth century. 216—from the Reformation to the present. Attention given to the German elements in America. Use of films, slides, and records. Taught in English. Majors required to do additional reading in German.

217, 218 Masterworks of German Literature Read in English (3:3), (3:3)

GE Core: GLT

GE Marker: GL

Reading and discussion in English translation of some of the best works of German literature. 217—the Middle Ages, Baroque and Classical Periods, Romanticism, Realism. 218—Selected major works of 20th-century prose fiction. Authors include Kafka, Hesse, T. Mann, Handke, M. Walser, and Süskind.

221 Germanic Mythology: Readings in English (3:3)

GE Marker: GL

Course taught in translation. Myths of Northern Europe, their main personages and events as preserved in the heroic sagas and epics, the traces of these myths in later literature, in folklore and art, the history of their revival in the nineteenth century (Brothers Grimm, Richard Wagner), the variety of interpretations given to them.

291 German Conversation Topics (1:0:1)

GE Marker: GL

Proficiency level: GER 204 or equivalent

May be repeated for credit as topics vary for a maximum of three (3) semester hours.

Grade: Pass/Not Pass (P/NP)

Speaking intensive training during formal and informal conversations in German Kaffeestunde settings. Interdisciplinary topics focus on current affairs in the German-speaking countries.

301 German Conversation and Composition: Topics (3:3)

GE Marker: GL

For students desiring some proficiency in spoken and written German. Conversation and composition based on various announced topics. Attendance at Kaffeestunde required unless excused by instructor. Course always taught as writing intensive.

302 German Language and Society: Topics (3:3)

For students desiring proficiency in written German, especially geared toward students who plan to study abroad or who plan to enter graduate school. Compositions based on various announced topics. Course always taught as writing intensive.

305 German Literature: Advanced Intermediate Topics (3:3)

GE Marker: GL

May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Proficiency level: GER 204 or equivalent

Course aims at improving students’ language proficiency and familiarity with German literature. Taught in English or German.

306 German Culture: Advanced Intermediate Topics (3:3)

GE Marker: GL

May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Proficiency level: GER 204 or equivalent

Course aims at improving students’ language proficiency and familiarity with German civilization. Taught in German or English.

306F German Culture: Advanced Intermediate—Topics in German Film (3:2:3)

GE Marker: GL

May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Proficiency level: GER 204 or equivalent

Course aims at improving students’ language proficiency and familiarity with German films and filmmakers. Taught in German or English.

307 Advanced German Grammar (3:3)

Proficiency level: GER 204 or equivalent

Intensive study of grammar (including features not covered in lower levels of instruction) and of contrasting structures of German and English. Introduction to reference tools.

308 Topics in Central European Studies to 1918 (3:3)

GE Marker: GL

Pr. none when taught in English; GER 204 when taught in German

May be repeated when topic varies.

Interdisciplinary foci on cultural, literary, and historical trends. Taught in English or German. (Alt)

309 Topics in Central European Studies since 1918 (3:3)

GE Marker: GL

Pr. none when taught in English; GER 204 when taught in German

May be repeated when topic varies.

Interdisciplinary foci on modernist culture, literature, and media. Taught in English or German. (Alt)

311 Business German (3:3)

GE Marker: GL

CAR: GFL

Proficiency level: GER 203 or equivalent

Introduction to the special vocabulary and syntax as used in business contacts, correspondence and articles. Practice in reading and writing for business purposes and travel.

403 German Literary Studies: An Introduction (3:3)

Proficiency level: GER 301 or equivalent

Readings from various genres by representative authors from the Age of Goethe to Symbolism, Expressionism, and contemporary literature. Introduction to methodologies of literary analysis.

404 German Civilization: Research and/or Internet Projects (3:3)

GE Marker: GL

Proficiency level: GER 204 or equivalent

Research and Internet projects focusing on cultural, social, historical, and interdisciplinary studies. Projects can be conducted in German and/or English. Course always taught as writing intensive.

405 Advanced Topics in German Literature (3:3)

May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Proficiency level: GER 301 or equivalent

Topics will be of a literary nature. Reading and discussion of texts with attention to interpretation and analysis.

406 Advanced Topics in German Culture (3:3)

May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Proficiency level: GER 204 or equivalent

Focus on culture and civilization. Studying texts and multimedia materials with attention to interpretation and analysis.

407 Advanced Topics in German Language (3:3)

May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Proficiency level: GER 301 or equivalent

Linguistic or pedagogical topics include: history of the language; Indo-European to modern German. Reading Old High and Middle High texts. Taught in German or English.

491, 492 Tutorial (1–3), (1–3)

Pr. permission of instructor

May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Directed program of reading, research, and individual instruction in Germanic literatures and languages.

493 Honors Work (3–6)

Pr. permission of instructor; 3.30 GPA in the major, 12 s.h. in the major

May be repeated for credit if the topic of study changes.