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Department of Modern Languages: Courses and Internships

German Courses

GERM 100 GERMAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
ON-SITE 1-3 HOURS

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.An introduction to German and German-speaking culture in conjunction with study abroad for students with little or no previous language study. Does not fulfill the general education foreign language requirement.

GERM 101 GERMAN I:FUNDAMENTAL COMMUNICATION
3 HOURS GEN ED A-II

Introduction to German through exploration of the students' personal world. Students will learn to express preferences, abilities, needs, and obligations; ask for information; describe people, places, and things in their world; and report their typical activities.

GERM 102 GERMAN II: SOCIAL COMMUNICATION
3 HOURS GEN ED A-II

Prerequisite: GERM 101 or equivalent. Extension of German I that moves toward increased linguistic and social awareness of German-speaking cultures. Students will use the past tense, demonstrate basic understanding of aspects of the German-speaking world, and be able to give information on course topics.

GERM 105. INTRODUCTION TO GERMANIC CULTURE.
3 HOURS
Survey of the contemporary culture of Austria and Germany, with emphasis on values, behavioral characteristics, social and political structures, and achievements of German-speaking peoples. Taught in English; only taught abroad.

GERM 201 GERMAN III: CULTURAL COMMUNICATION
3 HOURS GEN ED A-II

Prerequisite: GERM 102 or equivalent. Helps students strengthen basic language skills while continuing to broaden cultural awareness of German-speaking societies. Students produce brief reports related to course topics and express opinions simply. Includes literature, film and fine arts. Taught in German.

GERM 202 THE GERMAN-SPEAKING LANDS
3 HOURS GEN ED A-II

Prerequisite: GERM 201 or equivalent. Introduction to geography, social structures, and recent history. Material drawn from literature, popular culture, and the Internet. Students learn to read short texts and express opinions about them. Taught in German.

GERM 210. INTERMEDIATE GERMAN CONVERSATION ABROAD.
1-3 HOURS 

Prerequisite: GERM 102 or equivalent. Course designed to develop the vocabulary and communication skills of a student with one year of college German or equivalent, with emphasis on contact with German native speakers. GERM 210 may not substitute for GERM 201 or 202, but may count as an elective for the major or minor. Taught in German. May be repeated for a total of three credits.

GERM 211. INTERMEDIATE GERMAN CULTURE ABROAD.
1-3 HOURS 

Prerequisite: GERM 102 or equivalent. Course designed to develop an appreciation for different aspects of German-speaking countries and their people and cultures, for a student with one year of college German or equivalent. GERM 211 may not substitute for GERM 201 or 202, but may count as an elective for the major or minor. Taught in German. May be repeated for a total of three credits.

 

GERM 306 EXPERIENCING GERMAN ABROAD 1-6 HOURS

Prerequisite: GERM 202 or equivalent and permission of instructor. Corequisite: Enrollment in supervised language study while abroad. Supervised language and cultural studies accomplished during a study abroad program. Students who receive transferable credit for language study done during the study abroad program will receive credit only for cultural study. May be repeated once for a maximum of six hours of credit.

GERM 314 INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN LITERATURE
3 HOURS GEN ED B-I

Prerequisite: GERM 202. Emphasis on major periods, literary types and critical approaches through the study of selected representative works and authors.

GERM 330 GERMAN COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: GERM 202. Develops skill in writing and speaking standard German. Stress is on vocabulary building, use of dictionary and control of sentence structures. Skill in spoken German is aimed at enabling the students to find their way around the environment and to function in a social situation.

GERM 331 BUSINESS GERMAN 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: GERM 202 or equivalent. Introduction to business communication in German-speaking countries: linguistic structures and vocabulary, forms of business communication, reading and discussion of business texts, social customs.

GERM 332 ADVANCED GERMAN TRANSLATION 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: GERM 202 or permission of instructor. Translation English to German and German to English of texts selected from various sources both literary and non-literary. Texts are selected for general interest and challenge to the translator.

GERM 333 GERMANIC CIVILIZATION AND CULTURE 3 HOURS GEN ED B-II

Prerequisite: GERM 202. Survey of the historical background and cultural development of the German-speaking countries of Europe: The Federal Republic of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Conducted in German.

GERM 335 CONTEMPORARY CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION 3 HOURS GEN ED B-II

Prerequisites: GERM 202 or equivalent. Study of Geography, politics, social customs, culture and contemporary issues of the German-speaking countries. Especially useful for students who plan to study or work abroad. Taught in German.

GERM 389 INTERNSHIP IN GERMAN 1-3 HOURS

Prerequisites: One 300-level German course or the equivalent, and permission of the instructor. Supervised work using German in a professional setting. Open only to German majors or minors.

GERM 430 ADVANCED GERMAN COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: GERM202 or equivalent. Provides intensive practice in written and spoken German, enabling the student to write letters, reports, essays, descriptions, and to discuss literary, cultural, and political topics.

GERM 435 GERMAN LITERATURE OF THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: GERM 314 or permission of instructor. A study of major German, Austrian, and Swiss writers of the 19th and 20th centuries with emphasis on prose and drama.

GERM 436 GERMAN LITERATURE OF THE CLASSICAL PERIOD 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: GERM 314 or permission of instructor. A study of the outstanding works of Goethe, Schiller and other authors of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

GERM 437 GERMAN LITERATURE AND FILM 3 HOURS

Prerequisite: GERM 314 or equivalent. A study of German film and film adaptations of German literature. Emphasis on textual analysis, special film terminology, theoretical approaches to film, writing about film.

GERM 455. TOPICS IN GERMANIC LITERARY AND CULTURAL STUDIES.
3 HOURS

Prerequisite: GERM 314 or permission of instructor. Examines different topics of interest in German literary and cultural studies. May be repeated once for credit.

GERM 499 ADVANCED STUDIES IN GERMAN 1-4 HOURS

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and permission of instructor. For guided independent study in culture, language, or literature. May be used with consent of full-time program faculty members for work accomplished during study abroad. Number of credit hours will be determined in consultation with instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours of credit.

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