German Courses

NumberNameUnitsDescription
GER 115Beginning German I1An introduction to basic modes of communication in the target language. Emphasis is on everyday language while developing speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as introducing culture(s) of the target language.
GER 116Beginning German II1A continuation of German 115. Prerequisite: Ger 115 or placement into 116.
GER 161The Great German Dynasties1An examination of the rise and fall of the great dynasties of German-speaking Europe, and how they interfaced with the major social, political, religious and historical issues of their time. Partially satisfies the Modern Society LADR. May also count toward the major and minor.
GER 217Intermediate German1Reinforcement and expansion of grammatical and phonological patterns. Emphasis given to developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as study of culture(s) of the target language. Prerequisite: Ger 116 or placement into 217.
GER 218Advanced Intermediate German1Advanced study involving expansion and synthesis of knowledge and understanding of the target language and its culture(s). Prerequisite: Ger 217 or placement into 218.
GER 222German Cinema1Taught in English, a survey course examining German cinema from its world-famous pioneers in the 1920's to the contemporary film makers. Students with knowledge of German may choose to write papers in German. Counts toward the German major/minor and toward the Film Studies minor. Does not count toward LADR sequence.
GER 227Off Campus German Conversation1Conducted in a German-speaking country. Intensive work in oral expression, focusing on practical situations and contemporary issues, by means of a variety of texts. Prerequisite: successful completion of 217 and permission of instructor. Ger 218 is recommended. After taking Ger 227, Ger 228 cannot be taken for credit. Ger 227 may be repeated once for credit.
GER 228German Conversation1Intensive work in oral expression, focusing on practical situations and contemporary issues, by means of a variety of texts. Prerequisite: successful completion of 217 and permission of instructor. Ger 218 is recommended. May precede Ger 227, but may not be taken for credit after Ger 227.
GER 231Business German1German for commerce and economics, industry and labor, import and export, transportation systems, banking, and marketing. Builds reading, speaking, and writing skills, using contemporary economics and business texts and conventions. Prerequisite: Ger 218.
GER 235Stylistics and Composition1An advanced study and written application of grammar and strategies that teach students to speak and write more idiomatically, as well as to read more fluently. Required for majors and minors. Prerequisite: Ger 218 or placement.
GER 240Studies in German Lit and Culture1A study of selected topics related to the literature and culture of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Content may vary. May be repeated for credit once with permission of the instructor.
GER 242Masterpieces of German Literature1Major works of German- speaking authors are examined against the background of the socio-political history of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. No prerequisite.
GER 246History of German People to WWI1A survey of events, developments, and personalities that shaped German-speaking Europe from Roman times to the early 20th century, focusing on the major political organizers: the Franks, the Stauffers, the Hapsburgs, and the Hohenzollems; on the sociopolitical legacy of the Holy Roman Empire; on German unification and the "German question;" and on the events leading to World War I. Offered alternate years.
GER 247History of Germany from 1945-Pres.1From ruin to riches to reunification: an examination of the postwar period; of Germany's defeat, occupation, and division; of the economic miracle and its consequences; of major forces, events, and developments leading to the second unification; and of Germany's role in Europe. Offered alternate years.
GER 32519th Century German Literature1Study of representative prose and drama of romanticism, realism, and naturalism.
GER 32720th Century German Literature1Study of major novelists, short story writers and playwrights from German-speaking Europe.
GER 431German Middle Ages & Renaissance1Survey of German literature from A.D. 1200 to 1700.

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