German

Courses

Below you will find a list of our current or recent offerings. See the course catalog for descriptions and updated information.

  • 12-144 German I: Intro Language and Culture
    This course builds the foundation for developing proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing in German. Students learn to communicate effectively both within personal areas of interest and relative to German culture. The course emphasizes student participation, self-expression and the ability to create with language. Students develop novice level proficiency. (Fall)
  • 12-154 German II: Intro Language and Culture
    This course continues the work begun in the introductory semester and increases focus on speaking skills and cultural literacy. Students develop novice level proficiency and build intercultural knowledge and competence. Prerequisite: German 12-144, with a grade of C- or better, or equivalent placement. (Spring)
  • 12-164 German III: Intrmd Language and Culture
    This course combines a comprehensive review and fine-tuning of grammar with readings in literature and culture. Students develop intermediate level proficiency, strengthen their understanding of contemporary life in the German-speaking world, narrate and describe orally and in writing, and begin to formulate and support opinions. Increased emphasis on intercultural knowledge and competence helps students prepare for study, research or internships abroad. Prerequisite: German 12-154, with a grade of C- or better, or equivalent placement. (Fall)
  • 12-204 German Film Studies
    This course develops intermediate level proficiency and moves students from description and narration to argumentation, including evaluating and analyzing information and formulating hypotheses. Through critical engagement with German films, students gain practice in analytically viewing and reading sophisticated texts in German related to their areas of interest or expertise and increase their knowledge of social, political and cultural issues. Contributes to Animal Studies. Prerequisite: German 12-164, with a grade of C- or better, or equivalent placement. (Spring) (H) (SJ)
  • 12-314 Reading German: Text in Context
    This course introduces the critical appreciation of a wide variety of texts. Personal stories (e.g. diary), public stories (e.g. journalistic writing), literary stories (e.g. poetry, novellas, short stories) and stories told in music and visual images form the textual basis for critical engagement. Intensive work supports the development of intermediate and advanced level proficiency. May be repeated with change in content. Contributes to International Studies. Prerequisite: German 12-204, or equivalent placement. (H) (WA)
  • 12-332 Speak German!
    This course focuses on the development of oral proficiency at all levels, organized around a framework of interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication. It promotes autonomy in mixed-ability settings by integrating components where students collaborate as teachers and learners. Blended learning strategies support the development of multiple literacies. Students can take the course for 2 or 4 credits with assessments adjusted accordingly. Students pursuing a major or minor in German may repeat the course to reach the minimum required credits, as the topics rotate to reflect current events and advanced proficiencies. Contributes to Health Studies and International Studies. Prerequisite: German 12-144, or equivalent placement. (Spring) (H)
  • 12-334 Speak German!
    This course focuses on the development of oral proficiency at all levels, organized around a framework of interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication. It promotes autonomy in mixed-ability settings by integrating components where students collaborate as teachers and learners. Blended learning strategies support the development of multiple literacies. Students can take the course for 2 or 4 credits with assessments adjusted accordingly. Students pursuing a major or minor in German may repeat the course to reach the minimum required credits, as the topics rotate to reflect current events and advanced proficiencies. Contributes to Health Studies and International Studies. Prerequisite: German 12-144, or equivalent placement. (Spring) (H)
  • 12-344 Topics in German Literature & Film Film
    This course emphasizes writing and discussions on selected literary texts and films. Students develop and implement their critical and argumentative skills at and beyond the intermediate level, crafting increasingly complex analyses both individually and in small groups. Students are encouraged to develop their own poetic voice in creative writing assignments at the intermediate and advanced proficiency levels. May be repeated with change in topic. Contributes to International Studies. Prerequisite: German 12-204, or equivalent placement. (H) (WA)
  • 12-354 Topics in German Culture
    Students develop intermediate and advanced proficiencies, analyzing and comparing culturally significant topics represented in authentic materials. Themes represented in texts, images, videos, films, and music connect areas of literature, history, philosophy, and politics. A focus on social justice and environmentalism invites comparisons in European and global contexts. Course may be repeated as topics rotate: 1. Identities; 2. Movements; 3. Innovations. Contributes to Environmental Studies and International Studies Prerequisite: German 12-204, or equivalent placement. (H) (WA) (SJ)
  • 12-454 Feminist Studies in German
    Based on readings and discussions on a variety of texts addressing categories of difference including gender, race, class, nation, sexuality, age, ability and religion, students develop advanced proficiency by exploring critical approaches to literature and film. Text selections suggest connections across times and spaces from medieval visionary Hildegard von Bingen to contemporary Literature Nobel Prize winners Herta M
  • 12-514 Studies in German Literature
    This course studies selected texts from a variety of periods as related to German social, intellectual, cultural and literary history. Text selections productively balance tradition and innovation. The course develops advanced proficiencies in critical and analytical work in the target language, including through intensive practice of academic writing for research purposes and oral expression. May be repeated with change in topic. Contributes to International Studies. Prerequisite: One course from German 12-314, 12-334 or 12-354. (H) (WA)
  • 12-614 Texts/Contexts
    This course provides practice in close readings of texts as they relate to multiple fields of study. Topics may include Climate Fiction Cli-Fi, Fairy Tales, Genius and Madness, the Figure of the Artist, Memory and Identity, Transnational Writing in German, or Texts of German Environmentalism. Students continue to enlarge their repertoire of strategies for processing meaning and practice increasingly sophisticated modes of expression. Intensive work develops advanced proficiency in academic writing for research purposes and oral expression. May be repeated with change in topic. Contributes to International Studies. Prerequisite: One course from German 12-314, 12-334, or 12-354. No prerequisite if taught in English. (H) (WA)
  • 12-714 Transnational Identity Narrative: Gender/Nature/Culture
    Taught in English to serve students beyond the German Program, with a corresponding German Tutorial to maintain or develop proficiency in German. Develops literacy in interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks, with a focus on feminist and eco-critical theories. Students practice articulating sophisticated arguments, orally and in writing, when comparing literary and filmic representations of the experience of migration captured in the themes of loss, witness, translation, identity formations, exclusion, relationships to place and cultural memory, through texts from different cultures, media, and historical periods. Further develops intercultural knowledge and competence. Contributes to Environmental Studies, Feminist Studies, Health Studies, International Studies, and Race and Ethnicity Studies. (H) (SJ)
  • 12-734 Global Leadership and Intercultural Communication
    Taught in English to serve students beyond the German Program, with a corresponding German Tutorial to maintain or develop proficiency in German. The course supports the development of intercultural knowledge and the skills and attitudes required for communicating across cultures. Focus on research and case studies, e.g. of Germany's Mittelstand (small and mid-size enterprises), documenting increasing importance of intercultural communication for global leadership. Contributes to Business and International Studies. (H)
  • 12-912 Tutorial Transnational Identity Narrativ
    Taught in German. Students integrate course level learning outcomes with proficiency goals in the target language. Intensive practice and discussion, language and culture specific examples and case studies, individual research projects and small group assignments. Contributes to Health Studies. Prerequisite: German 12-154, or equivalent. Concurrent registration in German 12-714 is required.
  • 12-932 Tutorial Global Ldrship Intclt
    Taught in German. Students integrate course level learning outcomes with proficiency goals in the target language. Intensive practice and discussion, language and culture specific examples, case studies, individual research projects and small group assignments. Prerequisite: German 12-154, or equivalent. Concurrent registration in German 12-734 is required.
  • 12-934 Capstone Seminar
    This course fulfills the capstone requirement in German. As an integrative experience, the capstone challenges students to demonstrate their ability to interrelate knowledge, insights and perspectives gained in their German program and their undergraduate experience. Students will work on individual projects while participating substantially in discussions and peer review. Students are expected to demonstrate advanced proficiency. With careful guidance, they will produce a substantial formal research paper and deliver a formal oral presentation introducing their projects to the German-speaking public. (H) (WA) (Spring)