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GER 101 : First Semester German

Prerequisites: None
Description: Understanding, speaking, reading, and writing German. Emphasis on the spoken language. (Page reference for the Department of Foreign Language statement can be found in the Index.)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

GER 102 : Second Semester German

Prerequisites: GER 101 or equivalent.
Description: Continuation of first semester German.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

GER 206 : Intermediate German Conversation

Prerequisites: GER 101 and 102 or equivalent.
Description: Intensive listening and speaking practice. Group discussions based on texts and videos. Skits and other presentations.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

GER 207 : Intermediate German

Prerequisites: GER 102 or equivalent.
Description: Listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the intermediate level. Group projects based on contemporary issues.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

GER 301 : German in Review

Prerequisites: GER 206 and 207 or equivalent.
Description: Review of structure and speech patterns. Compositions, oral presentations, and group discussions based on short stories, newspaper articles, contemporary films, and other cultural topics.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

GER 305 : Advanced Grammar and Composition

Prerequisites: GER 206 and 207 or equivalent.
Description: Study and practice of grammar structures. Systematic writing practice.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

GER 325 : Applied German Linguistics: Phonetics and Phonology

Prerequisites: GER 206 and 207 or equivalent.
Description: Application of modern descriptive linguistics to the analysis of the phonetic and phonemic systems. Comparative approach German/English. Laboratory practice.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

GER 330 : German Language and Society

Prerequisites: GER 325 and 326 or consent of instructor.
Description: Exploration of a wide spectrum of linguistic issues and approaches, illustrated through the analysis of the forms, functions and uses of contemporary German.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

GER 335 : German Through Cinema

Prerequisites: GER 206 and 207 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: Canonical works of German cinema to increase students? language competence in receptive and productive skills. Development of ideas in writing activities to focus also on vocabulary, grammar, and style.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

GER 341 : Intensive Language Practice and Analysis

Prerequisites: GER 305 or equivalent.
Description: Systematic and intensive study of written and oral expression. Designed for advanced students of German. May be repeated for a total of 9 units.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

GER 350 GW : Translation Workshop - GWAR

Prerequisites: GER 206 and 207 or equivalent.
Description: Translating written and spoken texts, using German or English as source languages. (ABC/NC grading only.)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

GER 401 : German Culture and Civilization I

Prerequisites: GER 206 and 207 or equivalent.
Description: Highlights of German culture and civilization from the beginning to 1918.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

GER 502 : Contemporary Germany

Prerequisites: GER 301 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: Germany today: its achievement, challenges, problems, potential dangers, and important developments, trends, issues, figures that have shaped the nation. Paired with GER 802. Students who have completed GER 502 may not take GER 802 for credit.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

GER 510 : German Literature I

Prerequisites: GER 206 and 207 or equivalent.
Description: Literary development from the Middle Ages through the Age of Goethe.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

GER 511 : German Literature II

Prerequisites: GER 206 and 207 or equivalent.
Description: Literary development from early 19th century to the present.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

GER 530 : Die Deutsche Romantik

Prerequisites: GER 510 and 511 or equivalent.
Description: Themes, symbols, and structures in German romantic writers and their position within the larger context of their times and modern thought. A voyage into the self and out into the cosmos.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

GER 532 : The German Idealist Tradition

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to the rich intellectual history of the literary movement Strum und Drang (literally, "Storm and Stress") (1770-1784 that mark the beginning of literary and philosophical idealism in Germany culminating in Weimar Classicism (1786-1832). Paired with GER 832. Students who have completed GER 532 may not take GER 832 for credit..
Units: 3

GER 556 : 19th and 20th Century German Plays

Prerequisites: GER 510 and GER 511 or equivalents.
Description: Major works of representative playwrights of the 19th and 20th centuries. Paired with GER 856. Students who have completed GER 556 may not take GER 856 for credit.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

GER 613 : Weimar Literature in English

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to Weimar Republic and its representation in exemplary works of literature in English translation. [Taught in English.] Paired with GER 813. Students who have completed GER 613 may not take GER 813 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

GER 616 : Postwar German Literature in English: The Past as Present

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: A study of common themes in postwar German literature to the present. Authors included are Grass, Mann, Koeppen, and Maron. [Taught in English.] Paired with GER 816. Students who have completed GER 616 may not take GER 816 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

GER 617 : The Holocaust and Postwar Germany Taught in English

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: Holocaust in Postwar Germany as seen in exemplary works of literature, historical documents and Nuremburg trials. [Taught in English.]
Units: 3

GER 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of department chair and instructor.
Description: Written projects requiring critical analysis and interpretation of linguistic or literary problems. Material adapted to individual needs and interests. May be repeated.
Units: 1-3

GER 741 : The Holocaust and Postwar Germany Taught in English

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: The Holocaust in Postwar Germany as seen in exemplary works of literature, historical documents and Nuremburg trials. (Plus-minus letter grade only.) (Taught in English) This course is offered as GER 741, HIST 741, and JS 741. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

GER 745 : History of German Language

Prerequisites: GER 330 or FL 325, or equivalent.
Description: Focusing on the history of German language in the context of its Germanic relatives (including English, Gothic, Icelandic), introduction to the study of historical linguistics, and discussion of universal language issues.
Units: 3

GER 786 : Great Theorists: Walter Benjamin

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with PLSI 786/HUM 725. For course description, see PLSI 786. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

GER 802 : Contemporary Germany

Prerequisites: Admission to German M.A. program, GER 301 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
Description: For course description, see GER 502. Paired with GER 502. Students who have completed GER 802 may not take GER 502 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

GER 813 : Weimar Literature in English

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: For course description, see GER 613. Paired with GER 613. Students who have completed GER 813 may not take GER 613 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

GER 814 : Crisis and Quest in English

Prerequisites: Admission to German M.A. program or consent of instructor.
Description: Works by Kafka, Rilke, Musil, and Heidegger which reflect deep changes, social dilemmas, and new ethics in the 20th century. [Taught in English.]
Units: 3

GER 816 : Postwar German Literature in English: The Past as Present

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with GER 616. For course description, see GER 616. Students who have completed GER 816 may not take GER 616 for credit. Graduate students must complete reading and writing assignments in German.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

GER 830 : Die Deutsche Romantik

Prerequisites: Admission to German M.A. program, GER 301, or consent of instructor.
Description: Themes, symbols, and structures in German romantic writers and their position within the larger context of their times and modern thought. A voyage into the self and out into the cosmos.
Units: 3

GER 831 : Literature of the Age of Chivalry

Prerequisites: Admission to German program or consent of instructor.
Description: An introduction to Middle High German (language) with reading, analysis, and interpretation of three to four works from the genres of heroic and court epos by major authors, and a brief survey of Minnesang.
Units: 3

GER 832 : The German Idealist Tradition

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in German or consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with GER 532. For course description, see GER 532. Students who have completed GER 832 may not take GER 532 for credit.
Units: 3

GER 856 : 19th and 20th Century German Plays

Prerequisites: GER 510 and GER 511 or equivalents.
Description: For course description, see GER 556. Paired with GER 556. Students who have completed GER 856 may not take GER 556 for credit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

GER 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Graduate status in German; consent of graduate major adviser and supervising faculty member.
Description: Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the departmental faculty. Open only to graduate students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition.
Units: 1-3
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