German

David Thompson (department head), Ruth Kath (section head), Sören Steding (Münster program director)

Required for a major: Thirty-two hours, starting at GER 201 or above, including GER 202; GER 345 or 346; GER 450, 460 or 470; language immersion experience; a senior project (unless this is completed in another major); an oral proficiency examination in German. Writing requirement completed with GER 450, 460, or 470. Students interested in teaching should see the education department for secondary education minor requirements.

Recommended supporting courses for students majoring in German: Two semesters of another modern or a classical language; LING 131, 135, or 241.

Required for a minor: No fewer than 18 hours, including GER 202, and one course above 300; language immersion experience; an oral proficiency examination in German.

Required for a second teaching area: See education department for specific requirements. The second teaching area license is offered only in the state of Iowa.

Language immersion experience: For majors, a minimum of one semester of academic study in a country where German is an official language. For minors, at least one January Term (or a similar program) of academic study in such a country, although a semester is strongly recommended. Those preparing to teach must spend at least one semester of academic study in such a country. Program selection must be approved by the department for all majors and minors prior to departure. Luther College offers a semester program in Münster, Germany, every other year (2014; 2016). However, other programs may also fulfill this requirement.

After having fulfilled the study-abroad requirement, all majors who are enrolled in on-campus courses for at least one semester are required to complete a 4-hour course in German. Consult with department for details on petition procedure for alternative ways of satisfying this requirement. All minors are strongly urged to help maintain and advance their language skills by completing courses in German during their final semesters at Luther.

Language Learning Center

The department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics has a Language Learning Center in Main Building. Language students have access to computerized language learning materials, to computers with audio and video editing software, and to video study rooms where they may view prerecorded foreign language videos and DVDs or watch live international TV. The Languages Learning Center also houses the department's Foreign Language Media Library with over 800 foreign language films and a selection of leisure reading books and audio books for language learners. Students can check out these materials as well as audio and video equipment for their class assignments. The Language Learning Center also provides language students with valuable work-study experiences related to their interest in languages.

German Courses

GER 101 Elementary German I

  • 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.

GER 102 Elementary German II

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: GER 101.

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.

GER 105 Munster Preparation

  • 1 hour

This course prepares students accepted to the Munster Semester for the semester abroad. Requires acceptance to the Muenster Program.

GER 201 Intermediate German

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: GER 102.

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

GER 202 Conversation and Comprehension

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: GER 201.

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.

GER 342 German Culture

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: GER 202.

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.

GER 344 German Play

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Expression
  • Prerequisites: GER 202.

Students will write and perform a play in German. Emphasis is on oral expression, pronunciation, review of advanced grammatical structures, and writing. Offered on a rotating basis.

GER 345 Advanced German Grammar

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: GER 202.

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.

GER 346 Introduction to German Literature: From Runes to Rap

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Historical, Human Expression—Primary Texts
  • Prerequisites: GER 202.

Modern German literature and film often draw from significant works of their artistic predecessors. This course offers a general introduction to the principle literary forms of prose, poetry, and drama, as illustrated by some of the best known authors of the German-speaking world. Attention will be paid to increasing students' fluency in writing.

GER 348 Advanced Conversation and Comprehension

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: GER 202.

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 Mnster, Germany, and work with authentic, real-life materials and situations.

GER 450 Masterpieces of German Literature

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Expression—Primary Texts
  • Prerequisites: GER 202 and one German course at the 300 level.

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. Significant practice in writing,m including a research project. May be repeated up to three times for credit under three different topics. Offered on a rotating basis.

GER 460 Contemporary German Literature And Culture

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Expression—Primary Texts
  • Prerequisites: GER 202 and one German course at the 300 level.

A course with rotating topics on German literature and culture, with emphasis on texts of the 20th and 21st century. 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 asessment of speaking skills. May be repeated up to three times for credit under three different topics. Offered on a rotating basis.

GER 470 Topics in German Literature and Culture

  • 4 hours
  • Fulfills: Human Expression—Primary Texts
  • Prerequisites: GER 202 and one German course at the 300 level.

Study in depth of a particular topic as seen through primary texts. The focus will vary each time, and may include topics such as women writers, social criticism, the environment, East and West, the Holocaust, German media. Significant practice in writing, including a research project. May be repeated for credit up to three times under three different topics. Offered on a rotating basis.

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.