German Course Descriptions

GER-101 Intro to German Language & Culture

The beginning course is intended to give training in the basic patterns and structures of German. Conversation and reading related to the cultures of German-speaking areas. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

GER-102 Intro to German Language & Culture

A continuation of GER 101. The beginning course is intended to give training in the basic patterns and structures of German. Conversation and reading related to the cultures of German-speaking areas. Prerequisite: GER 101 or placement. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

GER-195 Independent Study

See department for details. Independent study contract required.
Credits: 1.00

GER-201 Intermediate German

Designed to prepare students to identify conversational vocabulary. Expansion of conversational, reading, and comprehension skills. Review and development of grammatical constructions most commonly used in speaking. Use of periodical and literary sources and audio-visual materials. Prerequisite: GER 102 or placement. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

GER-202 Intermediate German

Continuation of GER 201. Designed to prepare students to identify conversational vocabulary. Expansion of conversational, reading, and comprehension skills. Review and development of grammatical constructions most commonly used in speaking. Use of periodical and literary sources and audio-visual materials. Prerequisite: GER 201 or placement. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

GER-215 Conversation Laboratory

This course is designed to complement 200-level and upper-division German language courses and provide additional opportunity for improving speaking and writing skills, although students who have completed at least 102 in German are eligible to enroll. Students will participate in weekly discussions and oral activities and produce presentations and written work in German. Course taught entirely in German. Prerequisite: GER 102 or placement. May be repeated once for credit. Offered spring semester. Pass/No Pass. 1 credit.
Credits: 1.00

GER-255 Special Topics

See department for course description.
Credits: 1.00

GER-275 Internship

See department for details. Internship contract required.
Credits: 1.00

GER-295 Independent Study

See department for details. Independent study contract required.
Credits: 1.00

GER-301 Topics in German Culture

Extensive practice in composition and conversation. Reading and discussion of materials from German media, music, and literature and audio-visual materials develop the students' comprehension of the German language, society and culture. Prerequisite: GER 202 or placement. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities (2010 catalog). Offered alternate years. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

GER-302 Contemporary Short Stories & Narrations

Study of significant short stories by major writers in the German-speaking world of the 20th- and 21st centuries. Students present on stories or authors not covered in the classroom. Prerequisite: GER 202 or placement. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities. Offered intermittently. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

GER-303 German Literature & Culture:1750-Present

Study of significant developments in literature and culture with focus on the Enlightenment, Classicism, Romanticism, Realism, Expressionism, the Nazi period, and the post-WWII period, including the 1990 unification. Prerequisite: GER 202 or placement. Taught in German. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities. Offered intermittently. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

GER-304 German Drama

Analysis of representative theater pieces by writers in the German-speaking world from the eighteenth century to the present, including Louise Gottsched, Lessing, Schiller, Goethe, Schnitzler, Brecht, Durrenmatt, Frisch Jelinek, and others. Students will improve language skills through analyzing texts closely, viewing performances on film, performing short scenes in class, writing critiques of the plays, and adapting a play for performance. Taught in German. Prerequisite: GER 202 or placement. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities. Offered intermittently. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

GER-305 Music, Modernism, & Megalomania

Study of significant developments in culture in the German-speaking countries from 1750-1950. Focus is on Enlightenment, Classicism, Romanticism, Realism, Expressionism, the Nazi period, and the immediate post-WWII period. Taught in German. Prerequisite: GER 202 or placement. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities. Offered intermittently. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

GER-306 From Ruins to Reunification

Analysis of significant developments in cultures in the German-speaking countries from 1950 to the present with a focus on the existence of two German states and on reunification. Students will improve language skills through analyzing texts closely, viewing media, performing short reenactments of cultural events, and completing a final project. Taught in German. Prerequisite: GER 202 or placement. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities and International Perspectives. Offered intermittently. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

GER-315 Advanced Grammar & Composition

Extensive review of advanced grammatical concepts and practice of written idiom through reading, viewing, discussing, and writing. Use of written and multi-media texts provide context for grammatical structures. Development of vocabulary in conjunction with grammatical constructions occurs through analysis of students' written and oral work and correction of errors. Prerequisite: GER 202 or placement. Offered intermittently. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

GER-355 Special Topics

See department for course description.
Credits: 1.00

GER-395 Independent Study

See department for details. Independent study contract required.
Credits: 1.00

GER-400 German Film

Analysis of significant 20th and 21st-century German films with concentration on films from contemporary times. Study of theoretical and literary texts in relation to the cultural and political climate. Taught in German. Instructor's consent required. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities (2010 catalog). Offered intermittently. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

GER-475 Internship

See department for details. Internship contract required.
Credits: 1.00

GER-485 Seminar in German Studies

An in-depth study of various cultural issues as reflected in the literature, art, history, and politics of German-speaking countries. Topics include: survey of German literature in historical context; German unification; gender and society; politics and culture; Austrian literature and culture; bestselling novels; topics in the contemporary media. Taught in German. Instructor's consent required. Counts toward core requirement: Humanities (2010 catalog). May be repeated for credit when content varies. Offered intermittently. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

GER-494 Senior Thesis in German Studies I

This course is designed to assist senior students who are writing a thesis for a major in German Studies. Students will receive direction in completing their research proposal and help in conducting and writing their senior thesis in German and presenting publicly on their research. These are student-conducted individual research theses. Students take GER 494 and GER 495 in consecutive semesters. Taught in German. Prerequisite: Senior standing (90 or more completed credits) and study abroad. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

GER-495 Senior Thesis in German Studies II

This course is designed to assist senior students who are writing a thesis for a major in German Studies. Students will receive direction in completing their research proposal and help in conducting and writing their senior thesis in German and presenting publicly on their research. These are student-conducted individual research theses. Students take GER 494 and GER 495 in consecutive semesters. Taught in German. Prerequisite: GER 494. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00