101-102-103. Beginning German I, II, and 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. (Language)
115-117. Introductory Topics in German
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205. Intermediate German: Topics-German Cultures
Continuing development of linguistic and cultural competence in German by focusing on one theme. Topic for 2013: Immigration. Topic for 2014: Fall of the Berlin Wall. Prerequisite: GER 103. (Language)
280/380. Internship See Additional Academic Programs, All-College Independent Study Courses 280/380.
290/390. Individual Project See Additional Academic Programs, All-College Independent Study Courses 290/390.
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.
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)
315-317. Topics in German Studies
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Introduction to the man and his works, concentrating on Faust. Prerequisite: GER 302 or 311. Offered every third year. (Humanities)
Survey of the German Romantic period, concentrating on Novalis and Kleist. Supplementary readings in Romantic Criticism and the philosophy of German idealism. Prerequisite: GER 302 or 311. Offered every third year. (Humanities)
351. Modern Men
The three authors most associated with modernist literature are Rainer Maria Rilke, Thomas Mann and Franz Kafka. This course will explore their writings, position within the literary industry, and the place of literature in society in the early 20th century. Taught in English. Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing. Offered every third year. Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing. (Humanities)
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)
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)
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)
386-387. Topics in German Studies
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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.
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)
990. Term, Semester, or Year in Germany: see Foreign Language Abroad Program and also Goethe Institute’s web site at http://www.goethe.de