Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria (Creative Commons, Jeff Wilcox)

101. BEGINNING GERMAN I 3 cr. Introduction to German, with focus on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students learn to ask and answer questions and share information about themselves, their families, and their daily activities. Open only to students with little or no previous study of German. (Fall)

102. BEGINNING GERMAN II 3 cr. Prerequisite: GR 101 or equivalent. Expansion of skills acquired in GR 101. Students build on their basic knowledge of everyday German-speaking culture (e.g., tourism, transportation, and leisure activities), improve their communicative competence, and develop skills needed for various cultural settings. (Spring)

201-202. INTERMEDIATE GERMAN I, II: ISSUES IN GERMAN-SPEAKING CULTURES 3 cr. each. Prerequisite for 201: GR 102 or equivalent; prerequisite for GR 202: GR 201 or equivalent. Grammar review and practice of speaking, writing, reading, and listening, coupled with themes in contemporary German society, including geography, German history since 1945, popular culture, and multiculturalism. (Fall-201, Spring-202)

275. GERMAN PLAY PRODUCTION 1 cr. Prerequisites: GR 101 or equivalent; permission of instructor and chair. Participation in a German-language play. Meets last 6 weeks of semester. May be repeated for credit.

301-302. ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION THROUGH POPULAR FORMS I, II 3 cr. each. Introduction to popular culture (film, literature, music) with a focus on building oral and written proficiency. (Fall-301, Spring-302)

306. THE GERMAN-SPEAKING WORLD TODAY: ISSUES IN ECONOMICS, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY 3 cr. Introduction to social systems and issues in the German-speaking world, including education, immigration, the social market economy, and Germany’s position in the European Union.

310. GERMAN FILM 3 cr. Important filmmakers from 1910 to the present; their relation to German cultural and social history of the period.

313. GERMAN CULTURE SINCE 1945 3 cr. The cultural resonance of divided and unified Germany, Holocaust commemoration, multiculturalism, and Germany in Europe.

375. GERMAN DRAMA: FROM THEORY TO PERFORMANCE 3 cr. German dramatic theory; interpretation and performance of major German-language dramas.

396. EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IN GERMAN STUDIES 1-3 cr. Prerequisite: GR 301 or permission of instructor and chair. Directed experiential learning through an independent project or internship. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

398. INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 cr. Supervised independent study of German language, literature, or culture. May be repeated with a different topic.

399. SPECIAL TOPICS 1-3 cr.  Rotating focus on a specific theme, genre, or era of German literature or culture. Topic announced in advance. May be repeated with a different topic.

496. SENIOR THESIS 3 cr. Prerequisites: permission of instructor and chair. Individual research project developed and written in consultation with appropriate faculty member. Topics approved in fall of student’s senior year; thesis written in spring of senior year.

498. ADVANCED INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 cr. Supervised independent study of German language, literature, or culture. For advanced students. May be repeated with a different topic.

499. SEMINAR: SPECIAL TOPICS 1-3 cr. Rotating focus on a specific theme, genre, or time period in German literature or culture. Topic announced in advance. May be repeated with a different topic.