German Studies Courses

GERM  101 - First Semester German (4)

Intensive grammar, composition, and conversation. Stress on the spoken language. Offered every Fall. This course includes a mandatory one-hour weekly group conversation class with a tutor for nine weeks of the semester outside of the class meeting time.

GERM  102 - Second Semester German (4)

Prerequisite: GERM - 101 or equivalent competence as determined by the Department. Intensive grammar, composition and conversation. Continuation of 0109-101. Offered every Spring. This course includes a mandatory one-hour weekly group conversation class with a tutor for nine weeks of the semester outside of the class meeting time.

GERM  102 - German 102 Language Practicum (0)

GERM  201 - Third Semester German (4)

Prerequisite: GERM - 102 or equivalent competence as determined by the Department. Review of grammar, composition, extensive reading and conversation. Offered every Fall.

GERM  202 - Fourth Semester German (4)

Prerequisite: GERM - 201 or equivalent competence as determined by the department.. Review of grammar, composition, extensive reading and conversation.

GERM  305 - Conversation and Writing (4)

Geared to improve oral proficiency. Focuses on everyday situations, mannerisms and expressions, e.g., restaurants, telephone, public institutions such as the post office, banks, public transportation. Offered every Fall.

GERM  310 - Advanced Readings and Composition (4)

Taught in German. This course stresses advanced grammar, especially problems of syntax; secondly, its focus is on creative writing and discussion; finally, the course introduces the critical reading of advanced literary texts. Offered every Sprng.

GERM  315 - Contemporary German Civilization (4)

Prerequisite: GERM - 310 or consent of instructor. Taught in German. Addresses the rise of post-war Germany as a democracy and the process of Reunification. Examines the parliamentary system, Germany as an economic power and her place in the European Union, as well as customs and traditions. Offered every Fall.

GERM  318 - Jewish Literature and Culture in 20th Century Europe (4)

This course focuses on literary expressions of Jewish culture and living conditions in 20th century Europe. Issues of assimilation and exclusion and the rise of anti-Semitism escalating in the Holocaust shall be discussed, as well as testimonies of survivors and the renewal of Jewish communities, particularly in reunified Berlin. Cross-listed with Judaic Studies.

GERM  320 - German Literature and Culture/1945-Today (4)

This course focuses on German literature and film from the end of WWII to the present. Special themes are post-war trauma, Germany's division, the fall of the Wall, and cultural diversity in the “new” Republic. Discussions of texts in different genres, including prose, poetry, theory, and film, provide an understanding of the contexts in which personal and (trans-)national issues are expressed and new ideas and forms are developed. Taught in English, Core C Literature.

GERM  350 - (4)

The course explores the many cultural exchanges between France and Germany from the late 1800s to the early decades of the 20th century. In this period, Paris and Berlin were centers of artistic productions. The new perspectives in literature, art, architecture, and film of this period and their integration with social and political developments are focal points. The foundation is Nietzsche's manifesto of personal self-overcoming.

GERM  398 - Dir Reading and Research (1 - 4)

The written permission of the instructor, the department chair and the dean is required. Offered every semester.