Languages and Cultures

The German Catalog of Courses

GERMAN 100 Foundations in German Language and Culture (3) - Seeks to develop novice proficiency with emphasis on intercultural communication in the context of the German-speaking world. Language laboratory activities required.

GERMAN 101 German I (3) - Develops the four language skills and acquaints students with elements of German-speaking cultures. For students with no more than two years of German. Requires practice in the language laboratory.

GERMAN 102 German II (3) - Develops further the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing to a proficiency level regarded as basic communication in German. GERMAN 102 is for students who have completed GERMAN 101 or the equivalent. Students earn two General Education Points for Basic Communication in a Second Language and one General Education Point for Cultures and Diversity. German language study is taught in its cultural context, including history, culture, diversity, and comparison with students’ native culture. Practice in language laboratory and / or use of electronic language-learning media is required. Students must have passed GERMAN 101 or the equivalent in order to enroll in GERMAN 102. GERMAN 102 is offered every semester. This course satisfies 2 GEPs for Goal 8: Basic Communication in a Second Language and 1 GEP for Goal 4: Culture and Diversity.

GERMAN 121 German Authors of the 20th Century I (3) - Examines works of major German authors such as Hesse, Brecht, Mann, Kafka, Durenmatt and Boll. Taught in English; knowledge of German unnecessary. Readings in German and special projects for German majors. Not offered every semester.

GERMAN 122 German Authors of the 20th Century II (3) - Continuation of GERMAN 121. Taught in English; knowledge of German unnecessary. Readings in German and special projects for German majors. Not offered every semester.

GERMAN 203 German III (3) - Development of the four language skills. Basic grammar reviewed and new grammatical concepts presented. Reading and study of the culture given additional emphasis. Not offered every semester. Prerequisite: GERMAN 102 or equivalent.

GERMAN 204 German IV (3) - Continuation of GERMAN 203. Emphasizes culture and communication. Not offered every semester. Prerequisite: GERMAN 203 or equivalent.

GERMAN 205 Applied Phonetics and Pronunciation (3) - Analysis of the German sound systems. Drills on pronunciation and intonation. Selections of prose, poetry and songs for imitation. Prerequisite: GERMAN 102 or two years of high school German. Not offered every semester.

GERMAN 206 Conversation and Composition I (3) - A comprehensive intermediate German course, which develops writing, reading, speaking and listening skills in the German language, and which expands knowledge of German-speaking cultures. Not offered every semester. Prerequisite: GERMAN 204 or equivalent.

GERMAN 207 Conversation and Composition II (3) - A continuation of Composition and Conversation I (GERMAN 206), comprehensive intermediate German course, which develops writing, reading, speaking and listening skills in the German language, and which expands knowledge of German-speaking cultures. Intended to develop German language skills to a level that would allow students to function in a university or professional setting in a German-speaking country. Not offered every semester. Prerequisite: GERMAN 206.

GERMAN 211 German Culture and Civilization I (3) - Provides an understanding of the geography, government, customs, education, arts and history of the German-speaking countries, as well as a vivid sense of the current scenes in these countries. Taught in English; knowledge of German not required. Special projects for German majors. Not offered every semester. Approved as a diversity course.

GERMAN 212 German Culture and Civilization II (3) - Presents the history of German culture and civilization from 1800 to the present, with emphasis on art, literature, ideas, historical events, and cultural exchanges. Intended for students seeking an introductory course on German culture. Students gain insights in the cultural history of German culture, including geography, society, politics, philosophy, art, literature, and the sciences. Course is taught in English through lectures, projects, discussions, readings, and audio-visual media. GERMAN 212 partially fulfills the requirements for the German Minor. Course is offered in alternating semesters. This course satisfies 2 GEPs for Goal 4: Culture and Diversity and 1 GEP for Goal 7 Arts and Humanities.

GERMAN 281-GERMAN 289 Special Topics (1-3) - Provides knowledge and training in fields not usually covered in regular courses. Content is determined by instructor and varies. Not offered every semester.

GERMAN 290 German Studies Abroad (1-6) - Prerequisite: Minimum of two semesters of German or consent of the chairperson.

GERMAN 309 Commercial German (3) - Acquisition of German commercial language and terminology in reading, writing and speaking. Background of business life in Germany today, in German culture and society. Not offered every semester. Prerequisite: GERMAN 206 or equivalent.

GERMAN 331 Selected 20th Century Writers (3) - Current German writers for reading and cultural knowledge. Development of the four skills continues. Not offered every semester. Prerequisite: GERMAN 204 or equivalent.

GERMAN 390 German Study Abroad I (1-9) - Applies credit for the required study-abroad immersion experience in German. Permission of the academic adviser or chair required.

GERMAN 402 Contemporary Issues in German Media (3) - Further language development, especially of conversation, through discussion of current topics and issues selected from German language newspapers and magazines. Not offered every semester. Prerequisite: GERMAN 207 or equivalent.

GERMAN 403, GERMAN 503 Workshop (3) - Presents selected materials for practical use. Offered on demand only. Prerequisite: GERMAN 206 or GERMAN 207 or consent of the instructor.

GERMAN 420 Seminar: Mass Culture and High Culture (3) - Readings and discussion of cultural issues from 1870 to 1933. Background in culture, society and methods of cultural critique. Not offered every semester. Prerequisite: 300 level German or consent of the instructor.

GERMAN 422 Masterpieces of German Literature (3) - Examines selected masterpieces of German literature from the Middle Ages to the present with excursions in historic and socio-cultural contexts. Prerequisite: GERMAN 206 or permission of the instructor. Not offered every semester.

GERMAN 490 German Study Abroad II (1-9) - Applies credit for the required study-abroad immersion experience in German. Permission of the academic adviser or chair required.