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Department of German and Russian
including Japanese Studies

College of Arts & Sciences

337-A McIver Building
(336) 334-5427
www.uncg.edu/gar/index.html

Accelerated Master's Program for German Majors | German as Second Major | German Courses (GER) | German Major (BA) | German Major with Secondary-Subject Area Teacher Licensure | German Minor | Japanese Courses (JNS) | Russian Courses(RUS) | Russian Minor

Faculty

Andreas Lixl, Professor and Head of Department

Associate Professor Adams; Lecturers Ahern, Campitelli, Pynes

The aim of the Department of German and Russian is to convey a deeper understanding for important foreign languages and cultures in the context of a liberal and humanistic education.

The following courses are intended both to impart useful skills and to contribute to the student's intellectual development and aesthetic experience. Language instruction courses provide the students with a basic speaking knowledge and with a reading knowledge that will enable them to inform themselves independently about the life and literature of German- and Russian-speaking countries. More advanced courses emphasize literary study and culture, which are the actual goals of the major in German.

The language laboratory provides the student with the facilities for aural and oral exercises. Cultural material such as films, records, and tapes is coordinated with classroom work. Students may also elect to live in UNCG's International House.

For all interested students a German coffee hour (Kaffeestunde) is held once a week, where students and faculty meet socially to speak German. The UNCG film program provides a German full-length film each month, and several Russian films each semester.

From time to time a UNCG Summer Study Abroad travel program in German-speaking countries is offered. Information on other summer programs abroad is available.

Students who wish to spend their junior year studying any subject at the Universities of Bamberg, Mannheim, Osnabrück, The Higher School of Commerce at Worms (UNCG partner institutions), or with other programs, must have completed intermediate German.

A major in German works in tandem with an International Business Studies major (first or second major). Students are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with this program's offerings.

Majors in UNCG's International Studies major with a concentration in Russian Studies may spend a semester or academic year at Joensuu University (Finland) and/or at Petrozavodsk University (Russia).

 

German Major

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Required: 122 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level

AOS Codes:

German, U171
German with Secondary-Subject Area Teacher Licensure, U173

The German Major, depending on the student's interest and other abilities, may lead into various careers such as teaching, government and international trade. The specialized study of German aims to improve language skills and to convey understanding of German culture, through the study of literature, film and works of German thought.

College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) (54-55 hours)

All students must meet the All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER). The College of Arts and Sciences, however, has established liberal education requirements for its programs which, while including those of AULER, contain additional requirements in several categories. Therefore, students following this program should adhere to the College requirements. Please note that students who satisfy the College Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) will also satisfy the All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER). See a complete description of the College requirements and courses meeting those requirements.

Major Requirements

All majors must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 in German courses for a degree in German.

Minimum of 24 semester hours in German above the 204 level, including at least:

  1. Two courses from GER 301W, 302W, 307, 311, 407. (At least one course must be from 301W, 302W.)
  2. Any two of the following: GER 215, 216, 305, 306, 403, 404, 405, or 406
  3. At least SIX total courses at the 300 level or above
  4. At least FOUR total courses involving literature or cultural studies.

NOTE: Courses in German literature or culture in English translation (215, 216, 217, 218, 221) can only be used for Major credit if an appropriate amount of reading is done in German.

Related Area Requirements

Suggested but not required: ART 305; ATY 385, 387, 587; ENG 201, 202, 339, 340; HIS 375, 376, 391, 392; RUS 201, 202, 313, 314, 315, 316; PHI 252, 330.

Electives

Electives sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for degree.

German Major with Secondary-Subject Area
Teacher Licensure

Students seeking teacher licensure must include GER 301 and all other courses required for German majors. Additional hours are required for completion of the degree. Please see teacher licensure requirements in Teacher Education Programs.

German as a Second Major

Required: minimum of 24 semester hours above the 204 level

The requirements for a second major in German are the same as for the German major described above.

 

German Minor

Required: minimum of 15 semester hours

15 hours above German 102, including at least 6 hours at the 300-level. NOTE: Courses in German literature or culture in English translation (215, 216, 217, 218, 221) can only be used for minor credit if an appropriate amount of reading is done in German.

Accelerated Master's Program
for German Majors

Interested students should see Accelerated Master's Programs for Undergraduates for details about the BA in German/MBA program requirements.

 

Russian Minor

Required: minimum of 15 semester hours

AOS Code: U160

15 hours above the 100-level of which the following six are compulsory: RUS 203, 204

German Courses (GER)

German literature courses read in English translation are as follows:

215, 216 German Civilization. Readings in English (3:3), (3:3).
217, 218 Masterworks of German Literature Read in English (3:3), (3:3).
221 Germanic Mythology. Readings in English (3:3).

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

 

For Undergraduates

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

Essentials of grammar, graded reading, vocabulary building. Language laboratory required.

101L Elementary German Laboratory (1:1).

Coreq. concurrent registration in 101.

Optional supplementary multi-media 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.

102L Elementary German Laboratory (1:1).

Coreq. concurrent registration in 102 or permission of instructor.

Optional supplementary multi-media 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).

CLER: CFL

Pr. 102.

Continuation of the essentials of grammar begun in 101, 102. Language laboratory required.

204W Intermediate German Topics (3:3).

CLER: CFL

Pr. 203 or equivalent.

Reading, composition and discussion, at an intermediate level, based on German texts on various topics. (Course taught as writing intensive.)

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

AULER/CLER: 215: HP, CPM; 216: HP, CMO

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).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

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).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

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.

301W Topics for German Conversation and Composition (3:3).

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 taught as writing intensive.)

302W Topics for Advanced German Composition and Stylistics (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 taught as writing intensive.)

305, 306 Advanced Intermediate German Topics (3:3), (3:3).

Pr. 204 or equivalent.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Topics will be of a cultural, historical and/or literary nature. The purpose of the course is to improve reading proficiency and introduce students to German language culture. Taught in German or English.

307 Advanced German Grammar (3:3).

Pr. two intermediate German courses or equivalent.

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

311 Business German (3:3).

CLER: CFL

Pr. 203 or its equivalent.

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

403 Introduction to German Literary Studies (3:3).

Pr. 301, or equivalent and permission of instructor.

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

404 Introduction to Modern German Culture (3:3).

Pr. 204 or equivalent and permission of instructor.

History and analysis of German popular culture in the age of modernism. Readings and discussions of works by authors such as Spengler, Benjamin, Freud, Bovenschen, Enzensberger, Habermas.

405 Advanced Topics in German Literature (3:3).

Pr. 301 or permission of instructor.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Topics will be of a literary nature.

406 Advanced Topics in German Culture (3:3).

Pr. 301 or permission of instructor.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Topics will be of a cultural nature.

407 Advanced Topics in German Language (3:3).

Pr. 301 or permission of instructor.

  • May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Topics will be of a linguistic or pedagogical nature, and may include: History of the German language; study of major language changes from Indo-European to modern High German; readings of short texts in Old High and Middle High German literature; theories of language development. Taught in German or English.

491, 492 Tutorial (1 to 3), (1 to 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).

See prerequisites under Honors Program.

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

589 Experimental Course: German Internet Research and Teaching Projects (3:3).

Pr. 301 or permission of instructor.

Online research and teaching projects focusing on German cultural and historical issues, interdisciplinary inquiries and current affairs occupy the center of this multimedia course. Internet projects can be carried out in German and/or English. (Offered Fall 1999)

 

Russian Courses (RUS)

Russian Literature in English translation courses are as follows:

201, 202 Russian Literature in Translation (3:3), (3:3).

313 Tolstoy in Translation (3:3).

314 Dostoevsky in Translation (3:3).

315 Soviet-Russian Literature in Translation (3:3).

316 Modern Polish Literature in Translation (3:3).

511 The Russian Novel in Translation (3:3).

A full description of these courses will be found in numerical order in the Russian courses listed below.

 

For Undergraduates

101 Elementary Russian I (3:3).

Basic principles of grammar; graded reading of selected texts; some conversation; language laboratory facilities.

101L Elementary Russian Lab (1:0:1).

  • Grade: Pass/Not Pass (P/NP)

Optional supplementary multi-media 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.

102 Elementary Russian II (3:3).

Basic principles of grammar; graded reading of selected texts; some conversation; language laboratory facilities.

102L Elementary Russian Lab (1:0:1).

  • Grade: Pass/Not Pass (P/NP)

Optional supplementary multi-media 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.

201, 202 Russian Literature in Translation (3:3), (3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

Survey of Russian prose beginning with early Russian Literature and focusing on nineteenth-century Russian prose up to 1917. Works from the following writers are read: Pushkin, Gogol, Lermontov, Goncharov, Turgenev, Leskov, Garshin, Kuprin, Chekhov, Bunin, Belyj, Sologub. No knowledge of Russian required. Baer.

203, 204 Intermediate Russian (3:3), (3:3).

CLER: CFL

Review of grammar, practice in conversation, selected readings from nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature.

305, 306 Advanced Grammar, Conversation and Composition (3:3), (3:3).

Intensive reading of unedited Russian texts plus conversation and composition based on the reading. Baer.

313 Tolstoy in Translation (3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

Intensive study of his artistic writing between 1852-1910. Tolstoy's moral views are considered as part of the course. Baer.

314 Dostoevsky in Translation (3:3).

Intensive study of his artistic writing between 1846-1880. His political and religious views are considered as an integral part of the material of the course. Baer.

315 Twentieth-Century Russian Literature in Translation (3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

Intensive study of the artistic writing in Russia from 1917 to the present. Readings cover poetry and prose of Sholokhov, Ilf and Petrov, Pasternak, Evtushenko, Solzhenitsyn, and others. Baer.

316 Modern Polish Literature in Translation (3:3).

AULER/CLER: WL, CWL

Intensive study of the artistic writing in Poland from 1918 to present. Readings cover poetry and prose of Zeromski, Wittlin, Gombrowicz, Witkiewicz, Schulz, Iwaszkiewicz, Rozewicz, Tuwim, Andrzejewski, Milosz, and Herbert. Baer.

491, 492 Tutorial (1 to 3), (1 to 3).

Directed program of reading, research, and individual instruction in Russian and Polish language and literature.

493 Honors Work (3-6).

See prerequisites under Honors Program.

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

 

For Advanced Undergraduates and Graduate Students

511 The Russian Novel in Translation (3:3).

Survey of the Russian novel from the nineteenth (Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Goncharov, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy), to the twentieth century (Belyj, Sologub, Pasternak, and Solzhenitsyn). Analysis of artistic structure and ideas within the context of Russian literary history, philosophy, and religious thought. Baer.

Japanese Courses (JNS)

For Undergraduates

101, 102 Elementary Japanese (4:4), (4:4).

Introduction to communicative Japanese and its writing systems: Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji. Students study fundamental words, phrases and expressions, and are introduced to basic grammar.

203, 204 Intermediate Japanese (3:3), (3:3).

CLER: CFL

Pr. JNS 101, 102.

Review of elementary grammar, and more advanced concepts of grammar (verb conjugations and verb tenses). Vocabulary building. Further acquisition of Chinese characters (Kanji). Reading of simple texts from Japanese literature.


 
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