German/Slavic (GERM)

GERM 101  Beginning German I 3 Credits


Special fee. For students without previous instruction in German. Emphasis on speaking, with practice in reading and writing simple German. Laboratory work. Meets World Languages Requirement. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 110  Business German 3 Credits


The student will gain a basic insight into the culture, society and language of commerce and industry of the German-speaking countries. Includes study of the foreign cultural environment together with essential linguistic background. No prior knowledge of German required. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 112  Beginning German II 3 Credits


Special fee. Emphasis on speaking, with practice in reading and writing German. Laboratory work. Meets World Languages Requirement. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 115  Intensive Beginning German 6 Credits


This course is designed for students who want to fulfill their language requirement in one semester, who want to get a head start on a German major or minor, or who are just very motivated and interested in foreign languages. The course covers the same materials as the two courses Beginning German I (GERM 101) and Beginning German II (GERM 112). Meets World Languages Requirement. 6 hours lecture.

GERM 121  Intermediate German I 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 112. Special fee. Open to students who have acquired an elementary knowledge of German elsewhere. Further development of the ability to understand, speak, read and write German, with emphasis on speaking. Laboratory work. Meets World Languages Requirement. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 123  Intermediate German I (reading) 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 112 or departmental approval. Open to students who have acquired an elementary reading knowledge of German elsewhere. More difficult German reading in various fields. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 132  Intermediate German II 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 121. Special fee. Open to students who have acquired an elementary knowledge of German elsewhere. Further development of the ability to understand, speak, read and write German, with emphasis on speaking. Laboratory work. Meets World Languages Requirement. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 135  Intermediate German in Contemporary Contexts 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 112 or departmental approval. The German-speaking world has been home to Mozart and Bach, Nietzsche and Heidegger, Klimt and Klee, Einstein and Bohr. Germany today is the strongest economy in Europe, has one of the fastest growing independent art scenes (in Berlin), and is a worldwide research leader in fields from renewable energy to nanotechnology. This course promises to introduce socio-historical topics of central concern to German culture, from a fictional representation of the Oktoberfest to debates concerning German nationalism and the continued efforts to integrate eastern and western German cultures. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 142  Practice in Written German 3 Credits


Increasingly difficult written assignments to develop command of idiomatic German. Strongly recommended for majors desiring teacher certification. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 201  Advanced German I 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 132. Continuation of intermediate German on a more advanced level. Students must follow class instruction in German, speak and write simple idiomatic German and read and discuss increasingly difficult assignments in literary German, particularly in the second semester. Required for freshman majors, who are given admission preference. Meets World Languages Requirement. Previous course GERM 151 effective through Winter 2012. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 202  Advanced German II 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 201. Students must follow class instruction in German, speak and write simple idiomatic German and read and discuss increasingly difficult assignments in literary German, particularly in the second semester. Required for freshman majors, who are given admission preference. Meets World Languages Requirement. Previous course GERM 152 effective through Winter 2012. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 205  Review Fundamental Grammar 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 132. Oral and written practice for better control of language structure. Required for freshman majors, who are given admission preference. Previous course GERM 141 effective through Spring 2013. 3 hours lecture. Starting Winter 2017 Title: German Grammar Review .

GERM 209  Phonetics and Phonology 3 Credits


Application of phonetic science to the acquiring and teaching of good pronunciation; the international phonetic alphabet; problems of articulation, rhythm, accentuation and intonation. Strongly recommended for majors desiring teacher certification. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 221  Advanced German Through Music: From Mozart to Rammstein 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 121 or GERM 135 or departmental approval. The German-speaking world has been home to some of most influential composers and music performers since the 17th century. This course will feature some of the highlights of German music history, using these musical compositions as springboards for cultural discussions in which students will have a chance to gain comfort in speaking, polish their writing, and refresh their German grammar. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 222  Advanced German through Graphic Novels 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 121 or GERM 135 or departmental approval. German comics and graphic novels have long been an important medium for creatively exploring significant events of European history and in recent years, graphic media have become an increasingly significant venue for cultural discussion about the World Wars, the Holocaust, East-West relations, student movements, and contemporary life in German-speaking countries. Graphic versions of great literary works from Goethe’s Faust to Kafka’s Die Verwandlung to Thomas Bernhard’s Alte Meister have also proven to provide accessible and popular modes of presenting these classics. This course will feature some of the highlights of the contemporary German graphic novel scene, using these graphic novels as springboards for cultural discussions in which students will have a chance to gain comfort in speaking, polish their writing, and refresh their German grammar. Students also create their own graphic novel at the end of the semester. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 223  Title Advanced German Through Detective Stories 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 121 or GERM 135 or departmental approval. The German-speaking world has been home to some of Europe’s most significant historical developments and some of the world’s most renowned detective works, be it Kafka, Fritz Lang, or the birth of the regional detective novel genre from “Alpenkrimis” to “Nordsee- Krimis.” This course will feature some of the highlights of the detective genre from the 20th century, using these films and texts as springboards for cultural discussions in which students will have the chance to gain comfort in speaking, polish their writing, and refresh their German grammar. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 224  Advanced German through Film I 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 121 or GERM 135 or departmental approval. The German-speaking world has been home to some of the twentieth and twenty-first-century’s most significant innovations in film and has produced a disproportionate number of prize-winning films that have gained international renown, from German Expressionism to the up-and-coming Berlin School centered around the prolific Turkish- German director Fatih Akin. This course will feature some of the highlights of contemporary German film history, using these films as springboards for cultural discussions in which students will have a chance to gain comfort in speaking. Topics include World War II, German identity post-Holocaust, and Jewish life in contemporary Germany. Students also polish their writing and refresh their German grammar. Finally, students will make their own German films at the end of the semester. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 225  Advanced German through Film II 3 Credits


Prequisite(s): GERM121 or GERM135 or department approval. The German-speaking world has been home to some of the twentieth and twenty-first-century’s most significant innovations in film and has produced a disproportionate number of prize-winning films that have gained international renown, from German Expressionism to the up-and-coming Berlin School centered around the prolific Turkish-German director Fatih Akin. This course will feature some of the highlights of contemporary German film history, using these films as springboards for cultural discussions in which students will have a chance to gain comfort in speaking. Topics include World War I, guest workers in Germany, and GDR history. Students also polish their writing and refresh their German grammar. Finally, students will make their own German films at the end of the semester. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 251  Introduction to German Literature I 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 132. Standard works of German literature from the classical period to the present; methods of literary interpretation. Developmental approach to the principal epochs of German literature. Required of sophomore majors, who are given admission preference. 3 hours lecture. Starting Winter 2017 Title: Introduction to German Literature Prerequisite(s): GERM 121 or GERM 135 or departmental approval Description: Standard works of German literature from the classical period to the present; methods of literary interpretation. Developmental approach to the principal epochs of German literature.

GERM 252  Introduction to German Literature II 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 251. Standard works of German literature from the classical period to the present; methods of literary interpretation. Developmental approach to the principal epochs of German literature. Required of sophomore majors, who are given admission preference. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 309  Practice in Spoken German 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 201. Intensive conversation practice to improve fluency and increase active vocabulary. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 310  Advanced Composition 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 201. Intensive written exercises to improve command of the German language; some oral work. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 315  Translation I 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval. Special fee. Intensive practice in the skills of translating professional texts from German into English and from English into German. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 316  Translation II 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 315. Special fee. Continuation of GERM 315 with more intensive exposure to the skills of translation. Recommended for qualified students interested in a possible future career as bilingual secretary, translator of commercial texts, etc. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 317  Translation III 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 316. Special fee. Continuation of GERM 316 with conclusion of training in international business translation. Development of increasingly sophisticated skills required to translate professionally in a variety of fields. Emphasis on translation from German into English. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 318  Translation IV 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 317. Special fee. Continuation of GERM 317, with increasingly technical and specialized texts, translated into the student's native language. Two individual projects in two areas of special interest. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 320  Development of the German Language 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 201. Background, growth, and structure of the German language from the Indo-European and Germanic beginnings to the language as spoken today; historical explanation of modern German grammar. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 325  Nazi Cinema and Propaganda 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 201 or departmental approval. A discussion and analysis of films made during the Third Reich, against the background of the history and politics of National Socialist Germany this course examines the special role film played for the propagandistic apparatus of the Nazis. It discusses fascist aesthetics, representations of the Holocaust, and the fascination for the Nazis and their imagery in contemporary pop culture. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 341  German Literature from the Origins to the Reformation 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 121 or departmental approval. Works representative of the old high German, middle high German, and late Medieval periods read in modern German version. The most important genres and trends, ending with excerpts from Luther's works. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 342  German Literature from the 16th to the 18th Centuries 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 121 or departmental approval. Representative works illustrating the trends preceding the classical period. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 351  German Civilization I 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 201 or departmental approval. Epochs and trends in German culture and civilization from the beginnings until Romanticism. The cultural aspects dealt with will include, but not be limited to, literature and the arts, geography, history, politics and folklore. Required of Junior majors, who are given admission preference. Offered as GERM 351 through Fall 2016. To become GERM 261 effective Summer 2016. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 352  German Civilization II 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 201 or departmental approval. Epochs and trends in German culture and civilization from Romaniticism until the Present. The cultural aspects dealt with will include, but not be limited to, literature and the arts, geography, history, folklore and the political and educational systems. Special emphasis on the impact of German division and reunification after World War II. Required of Junior majors, who are given admission preference. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 360  Modern German Prose Fiction 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 121 or departmental approval. Reading and discussion of great German novels and novellas of the 19th and 20th centuries; the personal and stylistic characteristics of the authors; the literary periods they represent. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 362  Development of German Poetry 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 121 or departmental approval. The poetical movements, authors and genres since 1600; the evolution of forms, such as the sonnet and the ode; analysis and interpretation of poetry. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 364  German Drama of the 19th and 20th Centuries 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 121 or departmental approval. Reading and discussion of outstanding plays and dramatists from Goethe's death to the present; interpretation and theories of dramas. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 375  German Study Abroad 1-6 Credits


Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval. Study at a university in a German speaking country to gain first-hand knowledge of the historical, social, economic, and cultural life of the country. Credit by evaluation.

GERM 380  Independent Study in German (Junior Level) 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval. Directed individual study and research in German for junior majors with the desire, ability and responsibility necessary to pursue a special scholarly interest. May be repeated without limit as long as the topic is different.

GERM 385  Cooperative Education for German Majors 4-8 Credits


Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval. Special fee. This course provides opportunity for the student to extend the academic learning experience beyond the campus by placing him/her in meaningful learning situations with thoroughly screened and approved employers. This supervised work experience, connected with an academic project in a professional field related to the major, will enhance the student's professional qualifications.

GERM 400  Selected Topics in German Literature and Culture 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 121 or departmental approval. Exploration of a timely topic or significant area of German Literature or culture. The specific topic will be announced at the appropriate time before registration begins. May be repeated without limit as long as the topic is different. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 410  German Grammar: Applied Linguistics 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 121 or departmental approval. A review of the most important structural features of German; areas of interference with English structure which present the greatest difficulties to the American student of German. Required for majors desiring teacher certification. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 418  Theories and Approaches to Teaching German as a Second Language 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 351 or departmental approval. This is the first half of a two-semester sequential course. It provides an analysis of major second language theories, as well as a survey of instructional methods and the principles underlying them. It also offers an overview of research findings in the area of German as a second language. The aim of the course is not to promote any pre-conceived instructional theory, but rather to provide teacher students with a principled basis from which to elaborate their own personal language of teaching philosophies and to evaluate the competing claims of different language teaching methods. Conducted entirely in German. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 419  Teaching German in Secondary Schools 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 121 or departmental approval. The aims, objectives and methods used in teaching German in secondary schools; textbooks, supplementary teaching materials, language laboratory, tests, etc. Required for majors desiring teacher certification. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 441  The Age of Goethe 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): GERM 121 or departmental approval. The life and works of Goethe; his continuing importance; reading from all important genres in which Goethe wrote. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 442  The Age of Schiller 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval. The life and works of Schiller; his continuing importance; reading from the dramas, essays and poems. 3 hours lecture.

GERM 460  Senior Seminar 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): Taught in German. Study in depth of significant figures not adequately treated elsewhere in the departmental offerings (Holderlin, Kleist, etc.) or detailed study of special literary groups (German symbolist poets, etc.). Each student produces a research paper. 3 hours seminar.

GERM 480  Independent Study in German (Senior Level) 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval. Directed individual study and research in German for senior majors with the desire, ability and responsibility necessary to pursue a special scholarly interest. May be repeated without limit as long as the topic is different.

GERM 481  Independent Study in German (Senior Level) 3 Credits


Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval. Directed individual study and research in German for senior majors with the desire, ability and responsibility necessary to pursue a special scholarly interest. May be repeated without limit as long as the topic is different.