German

At Hanover, studying modern language involves activities and readings that help you see the world with the perspective of another culture. You'll learn to use language as a tool that connects cultures, business and individuals. Instead of just learning good spelling and grammar, you'll expand your cultural awareness through the study of civilization, culture and literature and become a global citizen. Since languages are best learned through immersion, all classes are taught entirely in German. You are encouraged to seize the many opportunities to interact in German in the community and abroad.

Study abroad

Eat, sleep and drink German for a full semester at Philipps Universit├Ąt-Marburg in Marburg, Germany. Short-term opportunities for language and culture study in Germany are also available during May Term.

On-campus immersion

A number of extracurricular activities provide opportunities for you to enrich your language and social experiences at Hanover. Deutsche Spielrunde, held once a month in the Science Hall lobby, provides students and faculty a chance for German conversation and fun. Members of Deutsche Gespr├Ąche also meet once a month for more in-depth discussions on important topics.

What do German majors study?

  • German language classes
  • German conversation and culture
  • German literature
  • And other topics that interest you, from German dynasties to German business

Previous graduates' career and professional placements have included:

  • Assistant to Director, Deutsche Telekom Incorporated (Chicago)
  • Secondary Language Teaching throughout the Midwest
  • English Teacher (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • McKinley Explorer (Holland)

Graduate school placements have included:

  • University of North Carolina
  • Brandeis School of Law
  • University of Louisville
  • College of William & Mary
  • New York University
  • University of Cincinnati

Courses

Number
Name
Units
Description
GER 115
Beginning German I
1
An 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. Partially satisfies the WL CCR.
GER 116
Beginning German II
1
A continuation of German 115. Prerequisite: Ger 115 or placement into 116. Partially satisfies the WL CCR.
GER 161
The Great German Dynasties
1
An 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. May also count toward the major and minor. Partially satisfies HS CCR.
GER 162
German Multiculturalism
1
Taught in English. An examination of historical, political, artistic, literary, religious, and social issues resulting from the interfacing of German-speaking countries and the non-western cultures in their midst, and of how conflicting ideas are addressed. Partially satisfies HS CCR and CP ACE.
GER 217
Intermediate German
1
Reinforcement 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. Partially satisfies the WL CCR.
GER 218
Advanced Intermediate German
1
Advanced study involving expansion and synthesis of knowledge and understanding of the target language and its culture(s). Prerequisite: Ger 217 or placement into 218. Partially satisfies the WL CCR.
GER 222
German Cinema
1
Taught 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. Partially satisfies the LA CCR and satisfies W2 ACE.
GER 227
Off Campus German Conversation
1
Conducted 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. Partially satisfies WL CCR.
GER 228
German Conversation
1
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. May precede Ger 227, but may not be taken for credit after Ger 227. Partially satisfies WL CCR.
GER 231
Business German
1
German 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. Partially satisfies WL CCR.
GER 236
Advanced German Writing & Speaking
1
Progressive and comprehensive review of German grammar and syntax. Practice in written and oral expression on a variety of topics in German culture. Prerequisite: 218. Partially satisfies WL CCR.
GER 242
Masterpieces of German Literature
1
Major works of German- speaking authors are examined against the background of the socio-political history of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. No prerequisite. Partially satisfies the LA CCR and satisfies W2 ACE.
GER 321
Cities and Regions
1
A cultural journey to several key cities and regions in order to acquaint the students with the rich heritage of German-speaking lands. This course continues students' development toward advanced language proficiency by providing a variety of texts from disciplines such as literature, music, philosophy, science, history, banking and industry. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 218. Partially satisfies WL CCR.
GER 322
German Film Studies
1
Taught in English, a survey course examining German cinema from its world-famous pioneers in the late 1920's to the contemporary filmmakers. Students will write papers in German. Counts for Film Studies minor. Students cannot receive credit for both 222 and 322. Prerequisite 218. Partially satisfies the LA CCR and satisfies W2 ACE.

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