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Descriptions of course offerings are included below. For advice on course selection be sure to speak with a faculty adviser.

Course Offerings

101-102. Elementary German.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4-4.

Fundamentals of the German language: pronunciation, grammar, speaking, reading and writing.

Prerequisite: German 101 is the prerequisite for German 102

201. Intermediate German.

Fall. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F10.

Continued practice and acquisition of basic German language skills.

Prerequisites: German 102, 205 or the equivalent.

202. Topics In German and the German Speaking World.

Spring. Credits: 4

Enhanced practice and acquisition of linguistic and cultural skills. Particular attention is placed on reading/viewing of texts from multiple media and on the cultures of the German-speaking countries.

Prerequisite: German 201 or the equivalent.

205. German in Germany.

Summer. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F10, F11.

An intensive study of intermediate German in Germany. Successful completion of this course fulfills the college language requirement. As the equivalent of 201, this course does not count toward the major or the minor.

210. Readings. (intermediate level)

Fall, Spring. Credits: 1-4.

Readings designed to meet individual interests and needs.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

220/320-221/321. Topics in German Literature, Culture and Society.

Alternating Fall. Credits: 4-4.

Degree Requirements: F3.

A two-semester survey of the cultural and intellectual history of the German speaking peoples particularly after 1750. The historical periods covered will be presented within the framework of specific topics, such as revolution or national identity. Readings from a variety of areas (literature, philosophy, politics, etc.); films, lectures, reports, and discussions. 220/320 will cover roughly 1750-1870; 221/321 will proceed from 1870-present. German 320-321 is reserved for majors and minors. Students taking these courses toward the major or minor must take one credit of 311 concurrently.

Prerequisites: For German 320-321: German 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

240/340. German Cinema.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F5.

This course, examining important German films since the days of the Weimar Republic, places special emphasis on the historical and social background of each film as well as the aesthetic qualities of the works. It thereby seeks to contribute to a better understanding of recent German history and of films as an artistic medium. Filmmakers to be studied include Friedrich Murnau, Fritz Lang, Leni Riefenstahl, Volker Schlöndorff, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Wim Wenders, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Wolfgang Becker. All films are subtitled; the course is taught in English. German 340 is reserved for majors and minors, who will do substantial portions of the work for the course in German.

242/342. The Holocaust in Text, Image, and Memory.

Fall or Spring. Credits 4.

Degree Requirements: F2, F9.

Examination of such topics as the origins and expressions of Anti-Semitism in central Europe, the political events and structures of the Holocaust, the reality of ghettos and concentration camps, the impact of technological modernization on the Final Solution, and resistance to the Nazis. Materials will include non-fictional texts, literature, art, and music. All materials and discussions in English. German 342 is reserved for majors and minors, who will do substantial portions of the work for the course in German.

244/344. German Fairy Tales.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F2, F4.

Emphasis on the Grimms’ tales: theoretical approaches to the tales from the late 19th and early 20th centuries as well as later adaptations. All materials and discussions in English. German 344 is reserved for majors and minors, who will do substantial portions of the work for the course in German.

246/346. Marx, Nietzsche, Freud.

Fall or Spring. Credits 4.

This course introduces students to the works of Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud. Discussions will center on materialism and its significance for concepts of history and progress, and on the status of the self in society. Discussions of contemporary cultural theory and of popular culture will test the continued relevance of these thinkers. All materials and discussions in English. German 346 is reserved for majors and minors, who will do substantial portions of the work for the course in German.

248/348. Special Topics in German Literature.

Fall or Spring. Credits 4.

Degree Requirements: F4.

Emphasis on a specific author, group of authors, or theme. Course topics may vary, and students may repeat the course with a different topic. All materials and discussions in English. German 348 is reserved for majors and minor, who will do substantial portions of the work for the course in German.

301. Composition and Conversation.

Fall. Credits: 4.

Advanced training in written and oral German expression.

Prerequisite: German 202, or the permission of the instructor.

302. Advanced Reading Comprehension.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Emphasis on the development of reading skills through a variety of text types.

Prerequisites: German 202, 301 or the permission of the instructor.

305. German in Germany.

Summer. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F11.

An intensive study of advanced German in Germany.

310. Readings. (advanced level)

Fall, Spring. Credits: 1-4.

Readings designed to meet individual interests and needs. May be taken more than once for credit with new topics.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

311. Supplemental Readings.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 1.

This readings course is reserved for majors and minors enrolled in German 320 or 321. It is designed to give students opportunities to read, write, and speak in German in conjunction with the coursework in English. May be repeated once.

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in 320 or 321.

409. Special Topics.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

Intensive study of some aspect or theme of German literature, culture or society in German. May be taken more than once for credit with new topics.

Prerequisites: German 301, 302 or 305 or the permission of the instructor.

486. Senior Seminar.

Spring. Credits: 2.

Independent study designed to give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge of the discipline in a full-length research paper.

495-496. Honors Tutorial.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4.