German Courses

GER 101, 102 Elementary German I and II

4, 4 hours

The basic structures of German. Students will learn to understand, speak, read, and write German at a beginner's level and gain awareness of the culture of German-speaking countries. Prerequisite for GER 102: GER 101, or consent of instructor.

GER 105 Münster Preparation

1 hour

This course prepares students accepted to the Münster Semester for the semester abroad. Prerequisite: acceptance to the Münster Program.

GER 139, 239, 339, 439 Special Topics

Credit arr.

GER 185 First-Year Seminar

4 hours

A variety of seminars for first-year students offered each January Term.

GER 201 Intermediate German

4 hours

Completion of basic grammatical structures. Beginning composition and conversation through greater emphasis on the creative aspects of language use, i.e., speaking and writing. Prerequisite: GER 102 or equivalent.

GER 202 Conversation and Comprehension

4 hours

This course is for students who have completed GER 201 and who want to develop their speaking as well as their oral and reading comprehension skills, increasing proficiency in extended narration and dialogue and developing knowledge of German-speaking cultures. Prerequisite: GER 201, or consent of instructor.

GER 285/295 Directed Study

2, 4 hours

An opportunity to pursue individualized or experiential learning with a faculty member, at the sophomore level or above, either within or outside the major. GER 285 can be taken only during January Term, GER 295 can be taken during the fall, spring, or summer terms.

GER 342 German Culture

4 hours

This course introduces students to the study of German history, culture, and society. It investigates selected trends and developments in contemporary German culture and examines their historical backgrounds. A special emphasis will be put on German media and film. Offered on a rotating basis. Prerequisite: GER 202, or consent of instructor.

GER 344 German Play

4 hours

Brief survey of the German drama. Study of several representative modern plays. Emphasis on pronunciation and dramatic expression. Students will write and produce an original German play. Offered on a rotating basis. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent. (HE, S)

GER 345 Advanced German Grammar

4 hours

This course allows students to master advanced grammar structures as they encounter them in Germany during the Munster Semester. Focus on advanced grammar functions and correcting common mistakes in oral and written expression. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent. (S)

GER 346 German Literary History

4 hours

This course offers an introduction to the history of literature in German, examining the development of what is now recognized as the German literary canon. Attention is given to the most important authors and their works, and to the emergence of major topics and genres over time. Fundamental concepts of analysis and criticism are presented and applied to lead the student to an informed appreciation of literary works. Offered on a rotating basis. Prerequisite: GER 202, or consent of instructor. (HEPT, Hist)

GER 348 Advanced Conversation and Comprehension

4 hours

This is a course for students who have completed intermediate-level coursework in German and who have a solid background in German grammar. Focus on developing speaking and oral comprehension skills, increasing proficiency in extended narration and dialogue and developing knowledge of German-speaking cultures. Students take this course during the semester abroad in Munster, Germany, and work with authentic, real-life materials and situations. Prerequisite: GER 202 or consent of instructor. (S)

GER 375 Directed Readings

1, 2, or 4 hours

Students who develop an interest in a specialized area of the discipline for which course offerings are limited may follow a prescribed reading list under the direction of a faculty member with expertise in that area.

GER 385 Seminar

Credit arr.

GER 395 Independent Study

1, 2, or 4 hours

GER 450 Masterpieces of German Literature

4 hours

The course focuses on masterpieces of poetry, prose, and drama in German through 1900, with attention on the continuing impact of these works on modern German culture. May be repeated up to three times for credit under three different topics. Prerequisite: GER 202, or consent of instructor. Offered on a rotating basis. (HEPT, W, R)

GER 455 German Film and Media

4 hours

This course explores the history and aesthetic qualities as well as the cultural and social aspects of German cinema since the 1920s, and examines the development and role of the media in German society. It provides students with a basic knowledge of the extensive body of cinematic work in German and with an understanding of the media landscape in past and present Germany. The influence of American mass culture, and the place of German film and media in and outside of Europe will be explored. Offered on a rotating basis. Prerequisite: GER 202, or consent of instructor. (HEPT, Hist, Intcl)

GER 460 Contemporary German Literature and Culture

4 hours

A course with rotating topics on German literature and culture, with emphasis on texts of the 20th and 21st centuries. Study in depth of a particular topic as seen through primary texts, with special attention given to contemporary texts and topics. Significant practice in writing, including a research project, and assessment of speaking skills. May be repeated up to three times for credit under three different topics. Offered on a rotating basis. Prerequisite: GER 202 and any 300 level course, or consent of instructor. (HEPT, W, R)

GER 490 Senior Project

1, 2, or 4 hours

The senior project requirement gives students an opportunity to participate in independent study, to read relevant sources in their chosen area, to develop methods of research and analysis appropriate to their selected topic, and to construct a sustained argument in the language of their major. To enrich their work, students will be encouraged to reflect on and use their study-abroad and firsthand cultural experiences as a means of contextualizing their projects. Assessment includes the paper, the process, and the required formal presentation of the project at end of term. If students have another major in addition to German, they are not required to complete a senior project in both majors.

GER 493 Senior Honors Project

4 hours

A yearlong independent research project. Applications are completed on the Honors Program form available at the registrar's office, requiring the signatures of a faculty supervisor, the department head, the honors program director, and the registrar. Interdisciplinary projects require the signatures of two faculty supervisors. The project must be completed by the due date for senior projects. The completed project is evaluated by a review committee consisting of the faculty supervisor, another faculty member from the major department, and a faculty member from outside the major department. All projects must be presented publicly. Only projects awarded an "A-" or "A" qualify for "department honors" designation. The honors project fulfills the all-college senior project requirement.