German Majors

2015 - 2016 Catalog

German major leading to BA degree

A major in German leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 34 credits as follows:

1. GERM 262 (or equivalent)

2. GERM 311, 312

3. GERM 347 or 349

4. One course each from three of the following four areas (9 credits total):

a. Medieval: GERM 318
b. 19th century: GERM 313, 315
c. 20th and 21st centuries: GERM 314, 316
d. Performing German: GERM 332

5. At least three credits from GERM 303, 304, or a substitute approved by the department head

6. The remaining credits must be taken from a list of approved courses, available from the department, with no more than six credits in any one discipline. These courses may be taken in English or German and in departmental literature and culture offerings.

7. Students must pass an oral and written proficiency examination conducted by the department before or during their last long term prior to graduation. An optional one-credit course, GERM 401, Composition Practice, is offered each winter term to help students prepare for the written examination.

  1. Required course
    • GERM 262 - Intermediate German II

      FDR: FL
      Credits: 4
      Planned Offering: Winter


      Prerequisite: GERM 261 or the equivalent.

      Emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking, as well as reading and writing. The course also offers the student some acquaintance with German literature and culture.

    • or equivalent.
  2. Required courses
    • GERM 311 - Advanced German

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall


      Prerequisite: GERM 262 or equivalent.

      Following a study of German phonology and the components of advanced German grammar, the course emphasizes spoken German, accompanied by written exercises.

    • GERM 312 - Advanced German

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter


      Prerequisite: GERM 311.

      A continuing course of advanced German with emphasis on the written language through composition and a study of stylistics. Advanced conversational material is drawn from topics relevant to contemporary life in the German-speaking world.

  3. Take one course from:
    • GERM 347 - The Age of Goethe: Sentimentalism to Sturm und Drang

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter 2016 and alternate years


      Prerequisites: GERM 311 and 312 or equivalent.

      A study of dramatic, expository, narrative, and poetic works by the young Goethe, Schiller, and their contemporaries. While emphasizing the historical and sociopolitical context of this aesthetically revolutionary period, this course examines Germany's turn toward Sentimentalism that culminates in the Sturm und Drang movement. Regular expository writing in German and performing in debates or scenes are required. Conducted in German.

    • GERM 349 - The Age of Goethe: German Classicism

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter 2015 and alternate years


      Prerequisites: GERM 311 and 312 or equivalent.

      A course that examines the influence of Greece on German theoretical, dramatic, and poetic works by the mature Goethe, Schiller, and their contemporaries, especially Hölderlin and Kleist. By investigating the extent to which German writers embraced or rejected Winckelmann's stoic vision of Greek art and culture, this course aims to refine our understanding of German Classicism. Regular expository writing in German and performing in debates or scenes are required. Conducted in German.

  4. One course each from three of the following four areas (9 credits total):
    • Medieval
      • GERM 318 - German Medieval and Renaissance Literature

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter 2015 and alternate years


        Prerequisites: GERM 262 or equivalent.

        An examination of selected works and a study of literary history through the 16th century. Medieval literary readings include the Hildebrandslied, Nibelungenlied, Parzival, and Tristan, as well as the Minnesang. Consideration is also given to the history of the German literary language during the period covered. Conducted in German.

    • 19th century
      • GERM 313 - German Literature, 1800-1850

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring
        Planned Offering: Fall 2015 and alternate years


        Prerequisite: GERM 262 or equivalent.

        This course is an introduction to German literature through close reading, analysis, and discussion of key German texts written from the early- to mid-19th century. Students become familiar with the development, characteristics, and themes of German literature in this period as well as methods and terms of literary criticism and interpretation (in both English and German). Conducted in German.

      • GERM 315 - German Literature, 1850-1900

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall 2016 and alternate years


        Prerequisite: GERM 262 or equivalent.

        Realism, Poetic Realism, and Naturalism. Grillparzer, Fontane, Keller, Storm, Meyer, and Hauptmann are among the authors read; study of the ballad as a literary form. Conducted in German.

    • 20th and 21st centuries
      • GERM 314 - German Literature, 1900-1945

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall 2015 and alternate years


        Prerequisite: GERM 262 or equivalent.

        Readings in German fiction, essays, drama and poetry from the end of Naturalism through World War II. Mann, Kafka, Hesse, Rilke, Wedekind and Brecht are among the authors treated. Conducted in German.

      • GERM 316 - German Literature, 1945 to Present

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall 2014 and alternate years


        Prerequisite: GERM 262, 263 or equivalent, or instructor consent.

        Readings in German fiction, essays, drama and poetry from the end of World War II to the present. Böll, Grass, Seghers, Dürrrenmatt, Frisch, Wolf and Strauss among the authors treated. Conducted in German.

    • Performing German
      • GERM 332 - Performing German

        FDR: HA
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter


        Prerequisite: GERM 261 or instructor consent.

        The reading, interpretation, preparation and performance of one or more German-language dramas. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different. A maximum of three credits may be used to meet major requirements.

  5. Take three credits
  6. At least three credits from GERM 303, 304, or a substitute approved by the department head

    • GERM 303 - Bavarian Spring Term

      Credits: 6
      Planned Offering: Spring 2015 and every third year


      Prerequisites: GERM 262 and approval of the International Education Committee.

      A period of direct exposure to the language, culture, and people of Germany. The program includes supervised academic projects, lectures by native authorities, and other cultural activities. Additional details of the program, including some of special interest to students not majoring in German, are available from the department.

    • GERM 304 - Layered Berlin

      Credits: 4
      Planned Offering: Spring 2015 and every third year


      Prerequisites: GERM 262 or equivalent. Not open to students who have completed GERM 264.

      Spring Term Abroad course.  This intensive language course offers students an extended period of direct exposure to the language, culture, and people of Germany. Students immerse themselves in the culturally rich environs of Berlin, improving their language skills through extensive and innovative language instruction and literary study. Students also gain greater understanding of German history and contemporary culture through lectures by native authorities and tours of museums and churches, and through their contact with their host families as well as native German university students.

  7. Remaining credits
  8. The remaining credits must be taken from a list of approved courses, available from the department, with no more than six credits in any one discipline. These courses may be taken in English or German and in departmental literature and culture offerings.

  9. Proficiency exam
  10. Students must pass an oral and written proficiency examination conducted by the department before or during their last long term prior to graduation. An optional one-credit course, GERM 401:Composition Practice, is offered each winter term to help students prepare for the written examination.