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Bachelor of Arts in German - German Courses

Courses

Admission to the German major has been suspended.

Ger 101: Elementary German I

Ger 102: Elementary German II

Ger 101 is designed for the absolute beginner; no prior knowledge of German required. First part of a 2-semester sequence. Satisfies the General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives Requirement.


Ger 203 – Intermediate German I

This course is intended to further develop your oral, aural and written communication skills as well as reading abilities. Students will read and discuss several types of texts from various genres: a children’s book, short bibliographical essays, as well as an excerpts from diaries and literary texts. All reading material will be integrated with audio, video and web-based materials.

Prerequisite: GER 102, GER 121 or equivalent as indicated by placement exam.  Cr 3.


Ger 204 – Intermediate German II

An integrated approach. Reading texts as well as various audiovisual materials are employed to strengthen reading, writing and especially speaking and comprehension skills. Includes a systematic but gradual review of the essentials of German grammar.

Satisfies the General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives requirement.

Prerequisite: GER 102: Elementary German II


Ger 121: Schnelldeutsch I
Ger 223: Schnelldeutsch II

Not being offered in the academic year 2008/2009. 6 credits/semester, 12 credits/one year

These two courses, (taken in order), are designed for the beginning student. Basic proficiency level can be attained in the first semester, and no prior knowledge of German necessary. Skills are significantly strengthened in second semester (GER 223).

Satisfies the General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives requirement.


Ger 305: Practical German

This course focuses on all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). Students’ composition skills in German will be strengthened by analyzing and emulating various types of writing. The course proceeds from simpler forms such as narration to complex ones such as argumentation and textual analysis. Oral and aural skills will be trained through text discussion, watching video-clips and listening to audio texts pertaining to the topics under discussion. Students are encouraged to agree and (politely) disagree with their classmates, thus strengthening their speaking skills. Grammar review will be contextualized within text discussion. Students should expect to spend significant time of this course drafting and rewriting their compositions, as well as preparing for oral assignments. All classes are conducted in German.

This course fulfills the general education cultural diversity, international perspectives and writing intensive requirements.

Prerequisite: GER 204 or equivalent. Cr 3.


Ger 306: Readings in German Literature

An introduction to German literature and culture. Accessible but significant texts from the 18th century to the 20th century. Prepares students for literature and civilization courses at the 400 level.

Satisfies General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives requirement.

Prerequisite: GER 204 or equivalent. Cr 3.


Ger 307: German for the Professions

This course has two complementary purposes. The first is to build on the students’ knowledge of German. Students who have attained a moderate level of proficiency in the German language both orally and in writing will gain familiarity with the more specialized language and conventions in professional environments. Subject areas covered will include communications, advertisement, marketing, international trade, tourism and transportation. Since linguistic and cultural proficiency are equally important when communicating professionally with members of the target culture, appropriate conduct will be practiced through cultural awareness raising exercises similar to those used by the Peace Corps and International Corporations.

The second purpose of this course is to attain factual knowledge of the social structure and important institutions in German-speaking Europe. Thus, students will gain an understanding of the economic geography, environmental policies, the basic political and social structures, how the media works, and their respective positions within or in relation to the European Union.

Satisfies General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives, and Writing Intensive requirements.

Prerequisite: GER 204 or equivalent or permission of instructor. Cr 3.


Ger 401: Major Cultural Periods

Survey course introduces students to major developments in the cultural history of German-speaking countries in the Middle Ages through the Age of Enlightenment (ca. 750 AD to 1785). Maps, historical information, representative literary and expository texts as well as examples from music, art and architecture will form the class discussion.

Satisfies General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives requirement.

Prerequisite: GER 204, 223 or permission of instructor. Cr 3.


Ger 402: Contemporary Germany

A study of modern German civilization and Landeskunde; the political, social and intellectual development of Germany from 1945 to present.

Satisfies General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives requirement.

Prerequisite: GER 204 or equivalent. Cr 3.


Ger 403: History of the German Language

Studies in the development of the German language from Indo-European times to the present. Places present day German in its linguistic perspective, and examines the reasons and origins of specific forms, patterns and usages. Provides the background in German.

Satisfies General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives requirement.

Prerequisite: GER 204 or equivalent. Cr 3.


Ger 404: Translation in Theory and Practice

Thought and theory behind the process of translation with ample opportunity for analysis and practice. (German-English, English-German).

Prerequisite: GER 204 or equivalent. Cr 3.


Ger 409: Nineteenth Century Literature

Rapid social and political change characterizes the 19th century.  A variety of literary genres as well as non-literary documents will illustrate the correlation between these socio-political transformations, art, music, and major literary movements in German-speaking countries.

Satisfies General education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives Requirement.

Prerequisite: GER 306, its equivalent or permission from the instructor. Cr 3.


Ger 413: German Literature and Culture 1900-1945

This advanced undergraduate seminar guides students to analyze representative written and visual texts from the Wilhelminian (i.e. German Imperial), Weimar and Nazi periods. The materials discussed in the course will illustrate the interaction of ideological, technological, scientific, social and political factors influencing the growth of mass culture in twentieth century Germany, as well as the rise of Fascism and anti-fascist exile culture. Students will come to understand the changing image of women and the development of a modern, industry-based, urban culture, as well as the reaction to modernity by studying a variety of artistic expressions, social and philosophical commentaries as well as the impact of political propaganda and counter-propaganda.

Satisfies General Education Western Civilization and Artistic Expression Requirements.

Prerequisites: GER 306, its equivalent or permission of instructor. Cr 3.


Ger 420: German Film

Films made in Germany, German-speaking Switzerland and Austria from 1913 to the present and are representative of a certain style or time will form the basis for class discussion of this survey course. Since they never exist as autonomous works of art alone – though some seem “timeless” – each film will be considered within it’s larger socio-historical context. In addition to discussing a given film’s artistic qualities, students will analyze German history, politics, and culture through the medium of film, and, in this context, will also touch upon the impact of Hitler-refugees on Hollywood’s movie industry. The films will range from the avant-garde silent movies of the Expressionists to recent post-reunification experimental movies and will run the gamut from anti-authoritarian, propagandistic, escapist, comic, feminist, leftist to conservative. This course will also cover the fundamentals of film analysis and film criticism and students will learn how to read films closely, and be encouraged to think critically about gender and ethnic representation as well as differing narrative perspectives. Writing assignments will range from the technical to the creative and interpretive.

Satisfies General Education Western Civilization and Artistic Expression Requirements.

Prerequisites: GER 306, its equivalent or permission of instructor. Cr 3.


Ger 490: Special Topics in German

Content varies. Cr 3.


Ger 495: Senior Project in German

Capstone Experience in which majors in German, Modern Languages and International Affairs/German apply language skills and knowledge gained from all prior language study. Students work closely with faculty advisor on approved project, practicum, research, study abroad. Students present project in major language at student colloquium.

Satisfies the General Education Western Cultural Tradition, Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives and Capstone Experience requirements.

Prerequisite: senior standing and permission. Cr. 1-3.


GER 497: Projects in German I

Independent study on topics selected by student and instructor.

Satisfies the General Education Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives Requirement.

Credits: 1-3


GER 598: Projects in German II

Graduate course number for German courses. Course content varies and may be repeated for credit. Cr. 3

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