Major: A minimum of eight course credits in German at or above the 300 level, which include GER 301, either 302 or 311, and 485. A maximum of two upper-level courses in other areas, approved beforehand by the Department as relevant to the major, may be substituted for two of the elective German courses.
Teaching Major: A minimum of nine course credits, to include six course credits in German at or above the 300 level, including both GER 301 and 302; LAL 308 (Language Teaching Methodology); at least one of these four courses: ANT 106 (Language, Culture, and Community), ENG 311 (Grammar and the Politics of English), LAL/PHI 350 (Philosophy of Language), or LAL 352 (Linguistics); and either 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 coursework leading to secondary certification described under Education. Prospective teachers should request a current list of the specific course requirements from the Education Office.
Minor in German: A minimum of five course credits in German at or above the 300 level, including GER 301 and either 302 or 311.
Minor in German Studies: GER 205 and at least five additional course credits chosen from the following list, or another course or courses approved beforehand by the Department as relevant to German culture and civilization: GER 301, 302, 311, 381, 383, 385; HIS 304 (Europe: the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries), 315 (Diplomacy of War and Revolution), 324 (Modern Germany); MUS 323 (History of Western Music III), 352 (The Ring Cycle of Wagner), 353 (Wagner and Wagnerism); PHI 306 (Modern Philosophy: Nineteenth Century), 307 (Marx and Marxism); or REL 362 (Holocaust and Response).
Note: A student may not minor in both German and German Studies.
Note: Lectures and discussions in all 300- and 400-level courses are in German.
101-102-103. Beginning German I, II, & III
Pronunciation and a survey of grammar. Facility in speaking and understanding spoken German is stressed. Readings emphasize literature and contemporary life in the German-speaking countries.
205. Intermediate German: Topics in German-Speaking Cultures
Continuing development of linguistic and cultural competence in German through engagements with a cultural topic and/or interaction with native speakers. Topic for 2010: Contemporary Austria. Prerequisite: GER 103.
301. Composition and Conversation I
Intensive written work designed to develop ability to write German clearly; practice in speaking to develop ability to converse fluently. Required of all German majors. Prerequisite: GER 205. CONNELL
302. Composition and Conversation II
Continued practice in developing ability to write and speak German clearly. Intensive work in reading German in various fields. Brief introduction to the history of the German language. Required of all German teaching majors. Prerequisite: GER 301. Alternate years. CONNELL
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 301. Alternate years. (Humanities) CONNELL
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
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
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
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
485. Senior Tutorial (Capstone)
Similar to an Oxbridge tutorial, in which one paper per week on an assigned topic is prepared, then read aloud, discussed, commended, and criticized. 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. CONNELL
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