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German (Ger)

200 |300 |400 |Graduate Courses |

See World Languages and Cultures

Majors in German are required to complete at least 30 credits beyond the intermediate (201-202) level. Courses required for the German major are 301 or 304, 302, 305; 320 or 330; at least one 440 course for 4 cr. and 471, 472 each for 4 cr. Majors may enroll in no more than three of the following courses for the fourth credit: 371, 375, 378, 471, 472.

The minor in German requires at least 15 credits, nine of which must be at the 300 level or higher, of these, three credits must be in literature or culture taught in German (320, 330 or 440).

Eligible courses for the minor are: Ger 301, 302, 304, 305, 320, 330, and 440.

Languages and Cultures for Professions Option (Business)

Students majoring in German are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits beyond Ger 202.

Required Core:
Ger 304 (German for Business and Professions, 3 cr.)
Ger 305 (Conversation, 3 cr.)
Ger 320 (Germany Today, 3 cr.)
Ger 440 (Colloquium in German Studies, 4 cr.)
Ger 475 (Foundation of German Civilization)
or Ger 476 (Topics in German Cultural Studies, 4 cr.)
Ger 499 (Internship, 3 cr.) or Study Abroad (3 cr.)

The remaining 10 credits may be chosen from the following courses:
Ger 301 (Reading, 3 cr.)
Ger 302 (Composition, 3 cr.)
Ger 330 (Introduction to German Literature, 3 cr.)
Study Abroad (or Ger 395, 2-5 cr.)

Languages and Cultures for Professions Option (Engineering)
30 Credits

Students majoring in German are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits beyond Ger 202.

Required Core:
Ger 304 (German for Business and Professions, 3 cr.)
Ger 305 (Conversation, 3 cr.)
Ger 320 (Germany Today, 3 cr.)
Ger 440 (Colloquium in German Studies, 4 cr.)
Ger 475 (Foundations of German Civilization) or
Ger 476 (Topics in German Cultural Studies, 4 cr.)
Ger 499 (Internship, 3 cr.)

The remaining 10 credits may be chosen from the following courses:)
Ger 301 (Reading, 3 cr.)
Ger 302 (Composition, 3 cr.)
Ger 330 (Introduction to German Literature, 3 cr.)
Ger 395 (Study Abroad, 2-5 cr.)

Curricular Notes:
Students may only enroll in the Languages and Cultures for Professions (LCP) Option as a second major. They may not graduate with the second major in LCP alone.

Courses primarily for undergraduate students

Ger 101. Elementary German I. (4-0) Cr. 4. F.SS. Introduction to German language within the context of German culture; practice in the basic skills. Credit by examination in the Department of World Languages and Cultures for courses numbered 101, 102, 201, and 202 is available only to students who are not currently enrolled in the course. Credit by examination for other courses in the Department is normally not available.

Ger 102. Elementary German II. (4-0) Cr. 4. S.SS. Prereq: 101. Continuation of German 101. Credit by examination in the Department of World Languages and Cultures for courses numbered 101, 102, 201, and 202 is available only to students who are not currently enrolled in the course. Credit by examination for other courses in the Department is normally not available.

Ger 201. Intermediate German I. (4-0) Cr. 4. F. Prereq: 102. Review of grammar, selected readings, further practice in oral and written communication. Credit by examination in the Department of World Languages and Cultures for courses numbered 101, 102, 201, and 202 is available only to students who are not currently enrolled in the course. Credit by examination for other courses in the Department is normally not available.

Ger 202. Intermediate German II. (4-0) Cr. 4. S. Prereq: 201. Continuation of German 201. One section will emphasize the use of German in professional contexts. Credit by examination in the Department of World Languages and Cultures for courses numbered 101, 102, 201, and 202 is available only to students who are not currently enrolled in the course. Credit by examination for other courses in the Department is normally not available.

Ger 301. Reading. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 202. Emphasis on the development of reading skills through a variety of text types with a focus on German Culture from circa 1900 to 1933.

Ger 302. Composition. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 301. Emphasis on writing skills, with further development of grammar and reading skills.

Ger 304. German for Business and Professions. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 202. Communication in business and professional contexts in German-speaking countries. Development of effective communication strategies and project management in the workplace. Cultural contexts of business and professional practice. Preparation for internships. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Ger 305. Advanced Conversation and Listening Comprehension. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 202, concurrent enrollment in 302 recommended. Intensive conversational and listening practice in German with an emphasis on a major German-speaking city.

Ger 320. Germany Today. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 301 or 304. Selected topics dealing with contemporary German society and culture. Introduction to materials, resources, and forms of communication available on the Internet, and in other electronic and print media.

Ger 330. Introduction to German Literature. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 3 credits at 300 level or concurrent enrollment in 301 or 304. Selected readings in German literature from Classicism to present. Emphasis on techniques of reading and analysis of literary texts.

Ger 370. German Studies in English. (3-0) Cr. 3-4. Repeatable. Topics vary according to faculty interest. Author, genre or period study, women writers, cinema, or contemporary theory. Readings, discussions, and papers in English. Fourth credit: supplementary readings and compositions in German.
G. German topics on women or feminism (cross listed to W S 370G)

Ger 371. The Holocaust in Text, Image, and Memory. (3-0) Cr. 3-4. Prereq: For fourth credit, six credits in German at the 300 level. Examination of such topics as the origins and expressions of Anti-Semitism in central Europe, the political events and structures of the Holocaust, the reality of ghettos and concentration camps, the impact of technological modernization on the Final Solution, and resistance to the Nazis. Materials will include non-fictional texts, literature, art, and music. Taught in English. Fourth credit: supplementary readings and compositions in German.

Ger 375. Grimms' Tales. (3-0) Cr. 3-4. Prereq: For fourth credit, six credits in German at the 300 level. Introduction to Germanic antiquities, mythology, and heroic legends; Herder's concept of Naturpoesie. Emphasis on the Grimm tales: theoretical approaches to the tales from the late 19th and early 20th centuries; perversions of these traditional tales by the National Socialists (Nazis). Readings in contemporary Grimm scholarship. Taught in English. Fourth credit: supplementary readings and compositions in German.

Ger 378. German Film and Media Studies. (3-0) Cr. 3-4. S. Prereq: For fourth credit, six credits in German at the 300 level. Analysis and interpretation of film or media in German society. Study of media production and reception within multicultural and global contexts. Thematic emphases based on faculty and student interest including: 1) film directors, genres, movements (e.g. New German Cinema), aesthetics, and cinematography or 2) media studies (e.g. television, mass press, popular culture). Taught in English. Fourth credit: supplementary readings and compositions in German.

Ger 395. Study Abroad. Cr. 1-10. Prereq: 2 years university-level German. Supervised instruction in language and culture of Germany; formal class instruction at level appropriate to student's training, augmented by practical living experience.

Ger 440. Colloquium in German Studies. Cr. 1-4. Repeatable. Prereq: 302, and either 320 or 330. Fourth credit required for the major. Emphasis on student research in a colloquium format. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Ger 475. Foundations of German Civilization. (3-0) Cr. 3-4. F. Prereq: For fourth credit, six credits in German at the 300 level. Study of various aspects of German history and culture from the Germanic tribes and Christianization to 1870. Taught in English. Fourth credit: supplementary readings and compositions in German. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Ger 476. Topics in German Cultural Studies. (3-0) Cr. 3-4. S. Prereq: For fourth credit, six credits in German at the 300 level. Continuation of 475 and will cover German history and culture up to the modern era. Taught in English. Fourth credit: supplementary readings and compositions in German. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Ger 490. Independent Study. Cr. 1-6. Repeatable. Prereq: 6 credits in German and permission of department chair. Designed to meet the needs of students who seek work in areas other than those in which courses are offered, or who desire to integrate a study of literature or language with special problems in major fields. No more than 9 credits of Ger 490 may be counted toward graduation.

Ger 499. Internship in German. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: 9 credits of German at the 300 level; permission of advisor and the World Languages and Cultures Internship coordinator. Work experience using German language skills in the public or private sector, combined with academic work under faculty supervision. Available only to majors and minors. Ger 499 may be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits. No more than 3 credits of Ger 499 may be applied to the major. Satisfactory-fail only.

Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduate students

Ger 590. Special Topics in German. Cr. 2-4. Repeatable. Prereq: Permission of instructor; 6 credits of 400 level German.
A. Literature or Literary Criticism
B. Linguistics
C. Language Pedagogy
D. Civilization