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German

College of Liberal Arts

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German - GERM Courses

LOWER DIVISION

101A. Fundamentals of German (4)

Prerequisite or Corequisite: Any Foundation course.
Beginning the study of German.
or non-native speakers only, and is not open to heritage speakers or native speakers of German. Check for the code 138 (for non-native speakers) and 139 (for heritage speakers) in the Schedule of Classes. (lecture 4 hrs.)

101B. Fundamentals of German (4)

Prerequisite or Corequisite: Any Foundation course.
Continuation of GERM 101A.
For non-native speakers only, and is not open to heritage speakers or native speakers of German. Check for the code 138 (for non-native speakers) and 139 (for heritage speakers) in the Schedule of Classes. (lecture 4 hrs.)

201A. Intermediate German (4)

Prerequisite: GERM 101B and completion of the 13-unit Foundation requirement (or entering competency equivalent to GERM 101B and completion or concurrent enrollment in at least one Foundation course. German grammar review with further development of reading, writing, and conversational skills.
For non-native speakers only, and is not open to heritage speakers or native speakers of German. Check for the code 138 (for non-native speakers) and 139 (for heritage speakers) in the Schedule of Classes. (lecture 4 hrs.)

201B. Intermediate German (4)

Prerequisite: GERM 201A and completion of the 13-unit Foundation requirement (or entering competency equivalent to GERM 201A and completion or concurrent enrollment in at least one Foundation course.
German grammar review with further development of reading, writing, and conversational skills.
For non-native speakers only, and is not open to heritage speakers or native speakers of German. Check for the code 138 (for non-native speakers) and 139 (for heritage speakers) in the Schedule of Classes. (lecture 4 hrs.)

204. German for Reading Knowledge (3)

Prerequisites: GERM 101A,B or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Concentrates on essentials for translation and is designed chiefly for students in any field who are preparing for reading exams in German.

UPPER DIVISION

301. Fiction and Fact: Short Texts (3)

Prerequisite: GERM 201B or equivalent. Intensive practice and the consolidation of the basic language skills: reading comprehension, composition, and conversation.
Emphasis on reading, comprehension, vocabulary building, and idiomatic usage.

302. Language of the German Media (3)

Prerequisite: GERM 201B or equivalent.
Intensive practice and the consolidation of basic skills: reading, comprehension, composition, and conversation. Emphasis on composition, oral reports, and discussion.

303. German Phonetics (3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing in German or consent of instructor.
General concepts of linguistic science. Linguistics applied to the study and teaching of the German language. Articulatory phonetics as a means to form native German pronunciation habits with emphasis upon the difficulties encountered by speakers of American English.

305. Speak Along, Sprechen Sie Mit

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing in German.
Intensive practice of spoken German with stress on vocabulary building, pronunciation, intonation, and oral comprehension.
Credit/No Credit grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.

306. Translating German to English (3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing in German or consent of instructor.
The preparation of translations from German texts of wide-ranging subject matter.

309. Business German (3)

Prerequisites: GERM 101A,B or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Advanced language course to acquaint students with terminology of German business. Conversational and written approaches to business correspondence, forms of business and corporate organizations, transportation, banking, management, protection, marketing.
Not open for credit to students with credit in GERM 307 or 308.

370. German Literature in English (3)

Study of significant German writers. German literary movements, or a specific literary genre in English translation.
May be repeatable for 6 units in different semesters. Not open for credit to students with credit in GERM 470.

380I. Contemporary Germany, Society, and Culture (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Germany today presents a unique case study for difficulties and complexity of a unification process. Aspects of historical and cultural legacy and the social and political reality are approached through factual texts and fiction. Taught in English.

398. Topics in German (3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing in German or consent of instructor.
Exploration of topics in language, culture, and literature. Specific topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics.

401. Advanced German Syntax and Composition (3)

Prerequisite: GERM 301, 302. Practice in developing a style and vocabulary suitable for the writing of reports and essays on cultural and literary topics.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.

410. History and Stories: German Civilization (3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing in German.
Historical development of important German institutions, customs and thought.

415. Under the Italian Spell: Survey of German Literature and Culture I (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
German literature from the Middle Ages to the time of Goethe as related to the other arts, to philosophy, and to the social and political institutions of the time.

416. Toward Europe: Survey of German Literature and Culture II (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
German literature from Romanticism to the present as related to the other arts, to philosophy, and to the social and political institutions of the time.

430./530. Rhyme Scene Investigation: German Poetry (3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing in German.
German poetry from the Baroque to the present.

440. German Novella in Context (3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing in German.
The German Novella as a separate literary genre, represented by Goethe, Tieck, Kleist, Keller, Meyer, Storm, Spielhagen, Hesse, Kafka, Thomas Mann, and others.

450./550. Reason, Revolution, Reaction (3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing in German.
Literary trends of the 18th century, with emphasis on Lessing, Wieland, Klopstock, Herder, Goethe and Schiller and the authors from “Sturm und Drang” to Romanticism.
Letter grade only (A-F).

458. Road to Modernity (3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing in German.
Representative literary works of the “Biedermeier,” “Junges Deutschland” and “Poetischer Realismus” against the back-ground of the historical, philosophical, and cultural movements of the times.
Letter grade only (A-F).

459./559. German Literature from 1890-1945 (3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing in German.
Major German prose, drama, and poetry from Naturalism to the end of World War II.
May be repeatable for 6 units in different semesters.

460./560. Two Perspectives: 1945 to 1990 (3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing in German.
Significant contemporary German writers of prose, drama and poetry in the context of the divided Germany.
Letter grade only (A-F).

480. Between Berlin and Hollywood: German Cinema (3)

Acquaint students with the art of the medium, and the history of German film, particularly as it is realized through the work of the artist most responsible for its success or failure, in this case, the director.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as FEA 457. Not open for credit to students with credit in FEA 457.

494. Internship in German (1-3)

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and department chair.
Field work in German, supplemented by readings and tutorials under the direction of a faculty member. Internships, small group discussion/teaching, and other assignments directed by a supervising faculty member.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. No more than 3 units may be applied to the major in German.

498. Topics in German (3)

Prerequisities: Senior standing in German or consent of instructor.
Exploration of topics in language, culture, and literature. Specific topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes.
May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics in different semesters.

499. Directed Studies (1-6)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Independent study undertaken under the supervision of a faculty member.

GRADUATE LEVEL

510. The Faces of United Germany: Past, Present, and Future (3)

Prerequisite: Admission to the Graduate
Program in German or consent of Graduate Advisor in the German Studies. The course locates the present concentration of international research in the discipline and requires individual research, presentation of findings, and a substantive paper.
Letter grade only (A-F).

530./430. Rhyme Scene Investigation: German Poetry (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in German.
German poetry from the Baroque to the present.
Letter grade only (A-F).

540. German Novella (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in German.
The German Novella as a separate literary genre, represented by Goethe, Tieck, Kleist, Keller, Meyer, Storm, Spielhagen, Hesse, Kafka, Thomas Mann, and others.
Not open for credit to students with credit in GERM 541. Letter grade only (A-F).

550./450. Reason, Revolution and Romantic Thought (3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing in German.
Literary trends of the 18th century, with emphasis on Lessing, Wieland, Klopstock, Herder, Goethe and Schiller and authors from “Sturm und Drang” to Romanticism.
Letter grade only (A-F).

558. Road to Modernity (3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing in German.
Representative literary works of the “Biedermeier,” “Junges Deutschland” and “Poetischer Realismus” against the back-ground of the historical, philosophical, and cultural movements of the times.
Letter grade only (A-F).

559./459. German Literature from 1890-1945 (3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing in German. Major
German prose, drama, and poetry from Naturalism to the end of World War II.
May be repeatable for 6 units in different semesters.

560./460. Two Perspectives: 1945 to 1990 (3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing in German.
Significant contemporary German writers of prose, drama and poetry in the context of the divided Germany.
Letter grade only (A-F).

590. Theoretical Approaches (3)

Prerequisite: B.A. in German or equivalent.
Evaluation of various methods in interpreting a literary work of art; different levels of interpretation; concepts of literary movements; complexity of structure related to content; literary appreciation; introduction to bibliographical aids.
May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F).

598. Topics in German (3)

Prerequisities: B.A. in German or equivalent.
Exploration of topics in language, culture and literature. Specific topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units, with different topics in different semesters. Students with credit in GERM 511 may only have a total of 9 units of GERM 511 and GERM 598 combined.

599. Directed Studies (1-3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
Consent of instructor and chairperson or graduate advisor. Selected topics in German to be pursued in depth.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F).

653. Seminar in German Literature (3)

Prerequisite: Corresponding 400/500 –level century course or consent of graduate advisor.
Topics dealing with literary trends, literary genres, or individual authors. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters. Intensive studies in :

  • B. 17th Century Baroque
  • C. 18th Century Classicism
  • F. 20th Century German Literature

697. Directed Research (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of graduate advisor.
Required of all candidates for the master of arts in German who do not choose to write a thesis.
Letter grade only (A-F).

698. Thesis (1-4)

Prerequisite: Consent of graduate advisor.
Planning, preparation, and completion of a thesis. Does not count toward 30 units required for the M.A. degree.