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GER 1014 German I: The Personal World
An introduction to German through exploration of the student’s immediate world, developing student proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. By the end of the course students will be able to ask for and give information; express their wants, needs, abilities, and obligations; describe people, places, and things in their surroundings; write a basic letter in the language; and give in some detail a report of their typical activities. Laboratory required.

GER 1024 German II: The German Speaking World
An extension of German I that moves beyond the student’s personal experiences toward an increased linguistic and social awareness of German-speaking cultures. By the end of the course students will be able to narrate past events, demonstrate an understanding of various aspects of the German-speaking world, and formulate briefly a position on an issue treated in the course. Prerequisite: GER 1014 or equivalent proficiency. Laboratory required.

GER 1034 German III: Topical Issues
An extension of German II that offers a more in-depth look at current issues in German-speaking cultures. Religions, ethnic groups, and demographic patterns will be explored, as will other concerns such as the environment and the economy. Material will include literary texts, films, and productions in the fine arts. Students will give oral and written reports, refute and support positions taken on specific issues, and suggest and negotiate compromises. Prerequisite: GER 1024 or equivalent proficiency. Laboratory required.

GER 2044 Contemporary German Cinema
A study of German-language cinema and notable filmmakers since 1990. Film selection will highlight particular cultural topics such as unification or social integration as well as individual directors or genres. Taught in English, with all films subtitled in English. This course does not count toward the major or minor. No prerequisites. IV

GER 2054 Cont. German Cinema for Majors/Minors
A study of German-language cinema and notable filmmakers since 1990. Film selection will highlight particular cultural topics such as unification or social integration as well as individual directors or genres. Taught in English, with all films subtitled in English. Students will complete individual course assignments in German and language-related work the instructor assigns. IV

GER 2074 German Literature in Translation
Study of highlights of German literature or of a period, topic, genre, or author. Course subtitle reflects the material chosen and is announced in advance. May be repeated for credit if course subtitle is different. Does not count toward the major or minor pattern. No prerequisites. Taught in English. II Humanities or IV

GER 2104 Contemporary Germany
A survey of the present-day culture of Germany including the examination of such issues as the role of the family, education, religion and festivals, entertainment and leisure-time activities, developments in the standard language, and dialects. Prerequisite: GER 1034. IV; V

GER 2144 Weimar and New German Cinema
A retrospective on German contributions to the history of film, focusing both on the accomplishments surrounding what has become known as Weimar Cinema and the more recent "auteur" films of Fassbinder, Herzog, von Trotta et al., collected together under the rubric of New German cinema. Taught in English, with all films subtitled in English. This course does not count toward the major or minor. No prerequisites. IV

GER 2154 Weimar and New German Cinema for Majors/Minors
A retrospective on German contributions to the history of film, focusing both on the accomplishments surrounding what has become known as Weimar Cinema and the more recent "auteur" films of Fassbinder, Herzog, von Trotta et al., collected together under the rubric of New German cinema. Taught in English, with all films subtitled in English. Students will complete individual course assignments in German and Language-related work the instructor assigns. Prerequisite: GER 1034. IV

GER 2224 German Geography, Political Institutions, and Social Structures
An examination of the demographic, political, and social implications of German geography. Beginning with a thorough examination of the political map of Germany, this course addresses the structure of the German parliament, the network of federal social institutions, the role of government in German society, and Germany’s relationship to the European Union. Prerequisite: GER 1034. IV

GER 2294 Special Topics
Study of an area involving the language, literature, or culture not fully treated in other German courses. Topics change and will be announced in advance. May be repeated for credit if the topic is different. Prerequisite: GER 1034 unless specific description states otherwise. IV

GER 2304 Still Draussen vor der Tur: Other Voices in German
Study of groups that have been excluded from or marginalized in concepts of a German identity: foreign workers and their families, black Germans, Sinti and Roma populations, Austrians, and the Swiss. Prerequisite: GER 1034. IV; V

GER 3014 Independent Study and Research
May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

GER 3104 Berlin, Bonn, East-Berlin: the 3rd Reich, the Stunde Null
An examination of cultural developments during the Hitler years, including issues of exile and inner emigration, as well as of problems faced following the defeat of Germany in 1945 and its complete political, social, and moral collapse. Prerequisite: One 2000-level GER course or permission of instructor. IV; V

GER 3204 Berlin and Weimar: Birth & Rebirth of a Nation, 1871-1933
A study of the cultural implications and effects of both unification under the German Reich and the brief experiment with republican government known as the Weimar Republic. Prerequisite: One 2000-level GER course or permission of instructor. IV; V

GER 3304 Vienna & Munich: Aesthetes, Decadents, and the fin-de-siecle
Readings across drama, literature, the arts, philosophy, and psychology to elaborate the aesthetic rebellion and redirection that characterized the end of the nineteenth century. Prerequisite: One 2000-level GER course or permission of instructor. IV; V

GER 3344 The Wall Falls: Putting Germany Together Again
A close study of various aspects of the unification process since 1989. Topics will include reprivatization and reclamation of property, repatriation of Germans living in other former East-Block countries, and adjustments involved in moving from a communist to a capitalist society. Prerequisite: GER 1034. IV

GER 3394 Special Topics
Study of an area involving the language, literature, or culture not fully treated in other German courses. Topics change and will be announced in advance. May be repeated for credit if the topic is different. Prerequisite: One 2000-level GER course, excluding GER 2044 and 2074. IV

GER 4204 Immersion Experience Abroad: Germany
A program providing the student an opportunity to apply and improve German language skills as well as gain experience in the field of foreign language instruction. The student will live with a family in Germany and take part in English and German classes at a gymnasium. The student will keep a German journal while there, which will be submitted upon return, along with a paper in German evaluating the experience. There will also be an oral examination to demonstrate the student’s improved speaking skills. CR/NC grading. Prerequisites: One 2000-level GER course, and permission of instructor.

GER 4208 Immersion Experience Abroad: Germany
A program providing the student an opportunity to apply and improve German language skills as well as gain experience in the field of foreign language instruction. The student will live with a family in Germany and take part in English and German classes at a gymnasium. The student will keep a German journal while there, which will be submitted upon return, along with a paper in German evaluating the experience. There will also be an oral examination to demonstrate the student’s improved speaking skills. CR/NC grading. Prerequisites: One 2000-level GER course, one 3000-level GER course, and permission of instructor.

GER 4444 Senior Seminar
Designed as the capstone experience for German Studies majors. The course focuses on literary works chosen from a program reading list of plays, novellas and novels from Goethe to the present. Through weekly seminar discussions of and concluding interpretive papers on those works, students will refine their analytical and communicative skills in German. Depending on the student’s competence in the language coursework may also include a final review of more advanced grammatical aspects of German. Prerequisite: eight major courses above GER 1034. IV

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