German Studies (GER)

German Studies Major:

A minimum of nine course credits, which include:

1.  GER 205; two courses from 301, 302, or 311; and 485;

2.  A minimum of two GER literature, culture or history courses conducted in English or in German at or above the 300 level;

3.  A minimum of three course credits in German or related areas approved beforehand by the Department as relevant to the major.

Teaching Major: A minimum of nine course credits, including at least six course credits in German Studies at or above the 205 level, including GER 205, 301, and 302 or 311; at least one of these four courses: ANT 106 (Lanuage, Culture, and Community), ENG 311 (Grammar and the Politics of English), LAL/PHI 350 (Philosophy of Language), or LAL 352(Linguistics); and at least one of these two courses: HIS 315 (Diplomacy of War and Revolution) or HIS 324 Modern Germany). In addition to the foregoing requirements, prospective teachers must also apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (preferably at the start of their sophomore year) and complete complete coursework leading to certification in Secondary Education. GER 485 is not required for a teaching major because the capstone course required for certification in secondary education will satisfy the capstone requirement for the teaching major in German.

Minor in German:  A minimum of six course credits including GER 205, 301, 302, 311, 333 or a 300-level topics class in German, and one 300-level GER course in English or a course in a related area approved beforehand by the Department as relevant to the minor.

Minor in German Studies:
A minimum of six course credits beyond 103 including:

1. GER 205

2. One course chosen from GER 301, 302, or 311

3.  A minimum of three GER literature, culture, or history courses conducted in English or German.

4.  At least one course credit in German or a related area approved by the Department as relevant to the minor.

Note: A student may not minor in both German and German Studies. 

Note: Courses at the 300-level are designated as being taught in German or in English. All lectures, discussions, and readings will be in the language of instruction. 

101-102-103. Beginning German I, II, & III
Introduction to speaking, reading, writing and listening comprehension in German.  Facility in speaking and understanding spoken German is stressed. Readings emphasize culture, literature and contemporary life in the German-speaking countries.

115-117. Introductory topics in German
See Topics Courses.

205. Intermediate German: Topics in German-Speaking Cultures
Continuing development of linguistic and cultural competence in German by focusing on one theme. Topic for 2012: Detective Stories. Topic for 2013: Immigration. Prerequisite: GER 103. SCHUSTER-CRAIG

301. Personal Narratives
Development of composition and conversation skills through reading, discussion, and writing about biographical and autobiographical works of selected individuals, from well-known figures to family members. Prerequisite: GER 205. Offered every third year. 

302. In the Media
Development of composition, conversation, and listening skills through reading, discussion, and writing about articles and reports from contemporary news sources. Prerequisite: GER 205. Offered every third year. STAFF

311. Introduction to Literature
Introduction to the genres and major literary periods in German literature. Development of reading strategies and skills, with attention given to the advanced grammar needed to read German intelligently. Short writing assignments to develop skill in analyzing texts. Prerequisite: GER 205. Offered every third year. (Humanities) 

315 Through 317. Topics in German Studies
See Topics Courses.

333. Goethe
Introduction to the man and his works, concentrating on Faust. Offered every third year. Prerequisite: GER 302 or 311. (Humanities) CONNELL

341. Romanticism
Survey of the German Romantic period, concentrating on Novalis and Kleist. Supplementary readings in Romantic Criticism and the philosophy of German idealism. Offered every third year. Prerequisite: GER 302 or 311. (Humanities) CONNELL

351. Modernism
Survey of major authors of the early twentieth century, especially Rilke, Thomas Mann, and Kafka, and their reactions to the modern world. Offered every third year. Prerequisite: GER 302 or 311. (Humanities) CONNELL

380. Internship: see Courses 280/380. 

381. Die Gründerjahre
A survey of the decade immediately following the unification of Germany under Bismarck in 1871. Readings and discussion of the history, society, and literature of those years when Germany became a world power, an industrialized country, and a militaristic society. Prerequisite: GER 302 or 311. Offered every third year. (Humanities) CONNELL

383. Weimar
A survey of the Weimar Republic, 1919-1933, when Germany struggled to overcome its defeat in World War I. Readings and discussion of its economic and political history, and the developments in society, literature and cinema. Analysis of Nazism's rise to power. Prerequisite: GER 302 or 311. Offered every third year. (Humanities) CONNELL

385. Die Trümmerjahre
A survey of Germany 1945-1963, when the two German successor states, and Austria, struggled with the legacy of the Third Reich. Readings and discussion of the development of East and West Germany and their political and economic incorporation into the Soviet and Western Blocs. The peculiar neutrality of Austria. The Wirtschaftswunder in West Germany and Austria, and its pale reflection in East Germany. Prerequisite: GER 302 or 311. Offered every third year. (Humanities) CONNELL

386 Through 387. Topics in German Studies
See Topics Courses.

390. Individual Project: see Courses 290/390.

485. Senior Tutorial (Capstone)
The capstone in German Studies is designed to develop strong mastery of advanced German speaking, writing and reading/listening comprehension. Students develop their own research project which culminates in a final paper or series of papers. Students are strongly recommended to take GER 390 or a similar course in one of the terms preceding the seminar, in order to properly prepare. Required of all German majors. Prerequisites: four 300-level German courses. SCHUSTER-CRAIG

511. German Reading and Conversation Group (1/4)
Maintenance of German language skills through reading and conversation. Six meetings per term, with all student work done during the meetings. Prerequisite: GER 102. (CR) CONNELL

990. Term, Semester, or Year in Germany: see Foreign Language Abroad Program and also Goethe Institute’s web site at http://www.goethe.de.