German Courses

111, 112. Elementary German. (3h, 3h) Introduction to German language and culture. Two semester sequence.

113. Intensive Elementary German. (4h) One-semester course covering the material of GER 111 and 112. For students whose preparation for GER 153 is inadequate or who have demonstrated proficiency in another language. Not open to students who have had GER 111 or 112.

153. Intermediate German. (4h) The principles of grammar are reviewed; reading of selected prose and poetry. P—GER 112 or 113.

210. The German Experience.  (3h) A multidisciplinary course dealing with the vast arena of German culture ranging from literature, art and architecture to music, philosophy, and film.  “High” culture, as well as current trends in pop music, film, and TV programming will be covered.  P—GER 153 or equivalent.  Course is taught in German. Course satisfies the language requirement.

212. Introduction to German Literature. (3h) Short masterpieces of German literature. P—GER 153 or equivalent. Course is taught in German. Course satisfies the language requirement.

317. Composition and Grammar Review. (3h) Review of the fundamentals of German grammar with intensive practice in translation and composition. Required for majors and minors. P—GER 153 or equivalent. Fall semester only.

318  Practice in Speaking German. (3h) Vocabulary for everyday situations, fluency and pronunciation, discussion of various topics from easy to advanced, listening exercises, free speaking, oral presentations. P- 153 or equivalent. Spring semester only.

320. German Culture and Civilization I. (3h) Survey of German culture and civilization from prehistoric times to 1871. Taught in German. P—GER 153 or equivalent. Offered fall semester of odd years. (CD)

321. German Culture and Civilization II. (3h) Survey of German culture and civilization from 1871 to the present, with emphasis on contemporary Germany. Taught in German. P—GER 153 or equivalent. Offered spring semester of even years. (CD)

322. Internship in German Language. (1.5h-3h)
Under faculty direction, a student mentors local German students at the middle or high school level. Focus is on vocabulary building and reinforcing basic grammar structures. Requirements include, but are not limited to: keeping a journal, compiling a portfolio of teaching materials, and consulting regularly with the faculty director. May be repeated for a total of six hours, only three of which may count towards the major or minor. Pass/Fail only. P—GER 317 or POI.

322. Semester in Graz
Internship in German Language. (3h) Under faculty direction, a student serves as a German language intern for the faculty, staff, and students at the American Institute for Musical Studies, Graz, Austria. The student translates public and private documents, and performs any necessary tasks for the organization for which knowledge of German is essential. Course requirements include, but are not limited to: keeping a journal and compiling a portfolio of all translations and documents created in German for the organization. May be repeated for a total of six hours, only three of which may count towards the major or minor. Pass/Fail only. Offered only in Graz, Austria. P—GER 317 or POI.

329. Business German I. (3h) Emphasis on social market economy, writing resumes, the European Union, job ads and job interviews, current topics in German business, oral proficiency, business correspondence, grammar review, business etiquette, banking, and financing. P—GER 317 or POI.

330. Business German II (3h)  This course prepares students for the internationally acknowledged exam “Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf” which is offered at the end of the semester.  Other topics include: writing a business plan, the structure of German companies, current topics in German business, oral proficiency, business correspondence, and business theory.  P- German 329 or POI.

331. Weimar Germany. (3h) Art, literature, music, and film of Weimar Germany, 1919-1933, in historical context. Also listed as HST 318. Taught in English.

335. German Film.  (3h) Survey of German cinema from the silent era to the present. Taught in English.

340. German Masterworks in Translation. (3h) Examination of selected works of German, Austrian, and Swiss fiction in English translation by such writers as Goethe, Schiller, Kafka, Mann, and Schnitzler. Literary periods, genres, and authors vary according to instructor. Students may not receive credit towards the German major or minor for both GER 340 and GER 331. Fall or summer semesters only.

345 History of the German Language (3h)  Survey of the development of the German language from prehistoric times to modern day German.  Course topics include: From Indo-European to Germanic, phonetical and lexical changes of the German language, Old High German, Middle High German, Early New High German, and Modern Standard German.  Taught in English.  P- German 210/212 or equivalent or POI. No prior knowledge of linguistics necessary.

349. German Literature before 1700. (3h) Survey of German literature of the Middle Ages, Reformation, and Baroque eras; emphasizes the chivalric period, medieval drama, Martin Luther, and the Baroque period. P—GER 212, or equivalent. Fall.

370. Individual Study. (1-3h) Readings on selected topics in literature or current events not ordinarily covered in other courses. P—GER  212 and POI.

381. German Literature from the Enlightenment through Romanticism. (3h) Selected works from the Enlightenment, the Storm and Stress period, the poetry and major dramas of Goethe and Schiller, and German Romanticism. P—GER  212 or equivalent. Fall.

383. German Literature from Poetic Realism through Naturalism. (3h) Study of selected works from the Realist period and subsequent Naturalist movement, with attention to the historical and social contexts in which they emerge. P-GER 212 or equivalent.

385. German Literature of the Modern Age. (3h) Intensive study of representative works of major German, Austrian, and Swiss authors of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. P—GER  212 or equivalent. Fall. (CD)

387, 388. Honors in German. (2.5h, 2.5h) Conference course in German literature. A major research paper is required. Designed for candidates for departmental honors.

390.  German Women Writers.  (3h)  Examination of selected works by women authors.  Literary periods, genres and authors vary according to instructor.

391.  German and Austrian Music.  (3h) Introduction to masterworks of German and Austrian composers from the eighteenth through the twentieth century.

392.  The Oberammergau Passion Play. (3h) Intensive study of the Oberammergau play viewed against the backdrop of the late Middle Ages.

393.  Luther. (3h) The course will examine the social, political, and religious background of Germany on the eve of the Reformation, trace the formative (sometimes legendary) events of Luther’s life, and explore several of his most important tracts, his translation of the Bible, and his more notorious confrontations and opponents.

394.  German Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales. (3h)  Study of German
myths, legends, and fairy tales since the Middle Ages and their role in
the formation of German national identity.

396.  Special Topics in German Studies (3h).

399. Seminar in the Major. (3h) Intensive examination of a selected genre or special topic to be determined by the instructor. Intensive practice in critical discourse, including discussion and an oral presentation in German. Introduction to literary scholarship and research methodology leading to a documented paper. Required for all majors. May be repeated. P—GER 349, 381, 383, 385, or equivalent. Spring.

Semester in Vienna

2147. Masterpieces of Austrian Literature. (3h) Study of masterpieces of Austrian literature of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. Lecture and discussion in German. P—153 or equivalent. Offered only at the Flow House in Vienna.

3227. Internship in German Language. (1.5h-3h) Under faculty direction, a student tutors English at local elementary schools in Vienna. Focus is on vocabulary building and basic conversation. Course requirements include, but are not limited to: keeping a journal, compiling a portfolio of teaching materials, and consulting regularly with the faculty director. May be repeated for a total of six hours, only three of which may count towards the major or minor. Pass/Fail only. Offered only at the Flow House in Vienna.

3407. Special topics in German and Austrian Literature and Culture. (3h) Credit towards the German major or minor. Taught in English. Offered only at the Flow House in Vienna.

3507. Fin de Siècle Vienna. (3h) Survey of major developments in Viennese art, music, literature, and society from roughly 1889 to 1918. Important figures to be discussed are Mahler, Schoenberg, Klimt, Schiele, Schnitzler, Musil, Freud, and Herzl. Taught only in Vienna.

HMN 3157. Germanic and Slavic Literature. Taught in English. Offered only at the Flow House in Vienna.