Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

German and German Studies

The German Department offers degrees in two tracks:

  1. GERMAN
    German is an interdisciplinary concentration on the language, literature, culture, historical development and politics of German-speaking countries with courses offered primarily in German.

German Major: 8 courses, a minimum of 7 in German, not including 115 and 116, at least 3 at the 300-level; GER 457 or 471 (culminating experience). 1 course may be taken in English from the following: GER 222, GER 243, HIS 327, HIS 349, HIS 354, MUS 232, PHI 163, PHI 224, PHI 246, PHI 325, and other courses by petition.

Comprehensive Exam with a passing grade. Total of 9 major courses.

German Minor: 5 courses, a minimum of 4 in German, not including 115 and 116. 1 course may be taken in English from the following: GER 222, GER 243, HIS 327, HIS 349, HIS 354, HIS 355, MUS 232, PHI 163, PHI 224, PHI 246, PHI 325, and other courses by petition.

Total of 5 minor courses.

  1. GERMAN STUDIES
    German Studies is an interdisciplinary concentration focusing on the language, literature, culture, historical development and politics of German-speaking countries, with additional courses offered in English by other departments. Students have the flexibility to connect their studies in German with their other area(s) of interest.

German Studies Major: 8 courses, a minimum of 5 in German, not including 115 and 116, at least 2 at the 300-level; GER 457 or 471 (culminating experience). Up to 3 courses may be taken in English from the following: GER 222, GER 243, HIS 327, HIS 349, HIS 354, MUS 232, PHI 163, PHI 224, PHI 246, PHI 325, and other courses by petition.

Comprehensive Exam with a passing grade. Total of 9 major courses.

German Studies Minor: 5 courses, a minimum of 3 in German, not including 115 and 116. Up to 2 courses may be taken in English from the following: GER 222, GER 243, HIS 327, HIS 349, HIS 354, HIS 355, MUS 232, PHI 163, PHI 224, PHI 246, PHI 325, and other courses by petition.

Total of 5 minor courses.

BY-PASS CREDIT/AP CREDIT
* Students who place directly into 218 or above and who earn a grade of B or better for the course will receive credit for the appropriate prerequisite course (Ger 217 or Ger 218) upon application to the Registrar.
* Advanced Placement credit opportunity: If a student has earned a 4 or 5 in a German
* Advanced Placement course: credit will be given for 218.

Course Descriptions

GER 115. Beginning German I. An introduction to basic modes of communication in the target language. Emphasis is on everyday language while developing speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as introducing culture(s) of the target language.

GER 116. Beginning German II. A continuation of German I. Prerequisite: GER 115 or placement into GER 116.

GER 217. Intermediate German. Reinforcement and expansion of grammatical and phonological patterns. Emphasis given to developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as study of culture(s) of the target language. Prerequisite: GER 116 or placement into GER 217.

GER 218. Advanced Intermediate German. Advanced study involving expansion and synthesis of knowledge and understanding of the target language and its culture(s). Prerequisite: GER 217 or placement into GER 218.

GER 222. German Cinema. Taught in English, a survey course examining German cinema from its world-famous pioneers in the l920's to contemporary filmmakers. Counts for the Film Studies minor. Does not count towards German minor. Students cannot receive credit for both GER 222 and GER 322. Partially satisfies the 1A CCR. Satisfies the W2 ACE.

GER 227. Off-Campus German Conversation and Culture. Total immersion in a German­speaking country. Focus is on experiencing everyday life, travel to different places and practice oral communications and presentations. Offered spring term. Prerequisite: GER 218.

GER 228. On-Campus German Conversation in a Contemporary Context. A consideration of contemporary issues facing German-speaking countries today by means of a variety of texts and intensive work in oral expression. Prerequisite: GER 218.

GER 243. Interdisciplinary Works. Taught in English. Students wishing for credit in German should register for 343. Examines the benefits of (and sometimes the consequences that result from) interdisciplinary projects in the German-speaking world. Offered with rotating topics on literature, music, philosophy, policies, science, technology and more. To include at least one artistic or literary discipline. Partially satisfies the 1A CCR. Satisfies the W2 ACE.

GER 244. Intercultural Communication. Taught in German. Evaluates the communication that happens between and within cultures in literature, film and/or other media. Possible topics include the multi-layered communities represented in cross-cultural relationships, fairy tales, between humans and animals, persons with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community, and more, with sources representing the perspectives from one or more of those culture(s). Development of competence in written and oral expression through analytical, functional and creative writing exercises, group discussions, and oral presentations. Prerequisite: GER 218. Partially satisfies the 1A CCR. Satisfies the CP ACE.

GER 245. Crossing Boundaries. Taught in German. Offered with rotating topics examining the boundaries (and the crossing of boundaries) in language, culture, genre, gender, race, class and/or societies in literary works from the German-speaking world. Builds critical reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Prerequisite: GER 218. Partially satisfies the 1A CCR.

GER 248. German for the Professions. Taught in German. Builds reading, writing, translation, speaking, and listening skills using contemporary economics, business, non-profit organization and translation industry texts and conventions. To include units, presentations, and creative projects and analyses specific to enrolled students' vocational interests. Students help research and design part of the curriculum. Prerequisite: GER 218. Satisfies the S ACE.

GER 260. Special Topics.

GER 321. Cities and Regions. A cultural journey to several key cities and regions in order to acquaint the students with the rich heritage of German-speaking lands. This course continues students' development toward advanced language proficiency by providing a variety of texts from disciplines such as literature, music, philosophy, science, history, banking and industry. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: GER 218.

GER 322. German Film Studies. Taught in English, a survey course examining German cinema from its world-famous pioneers in the 1920's to contemporary filmmakers. Students will write papers in German. Counts for Film Studies minor. Students cannot receive credit for both 222 and 322. Prerequisite: GER 218. Partially satisfies the LA CCR. Satisfies the W2 ACE.

GER 343. Interdisciplinary Works in German. Taught in English. Readings, writings, and conversation group in German. Examines the benefits of (and sometimes the consequences that result from) interdisciplinary projects in the German-speaking world. Offered with rotating topics on literature, music, philosophy, politics, science, technology and more. To include at least one artistic or literary discipline. Prerequisite: GER 218. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Partially satisfies the LA CCR. Satisfies the W2 ACE.

GER 344. Adv. Intercultural Communication. Taught in German. Evaluates the communication that happens between and within cultures in literature, film and/or other media. Possible topics include the multi-layered communities represented in cross-cultural relationships, fairy tales, between humans and animals, persons with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community, and more, with sources representing the perspectives from one or more of those culture(s). Development of competence in written and oral expression through analytical, functional and creative writing exercises, group discussions, and oral presentations. Prerequisite: GER 218, and at least two more upper-division courses at the 200-level. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Partially satisfies the LA CCR. Satisfies the CP ACE.

GER 345. Adv. Crossing Boundaries. Taught in German. Offered with rotating topics examining the boundaries (and the crossing of boundaries) in language, culture, genre, gender, race, class and/or societies in literary works from the German-speaking world. Builds critical reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Prerequisite: GER 218, and at least two more upper-division courses at the 200-level. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Partially satisfies the LA CCR.

GER 348. Adv. German for the Professions. Taught in German. Builds reading, writing, translation, speaking, and listening skills using contemporary economics, business, non-profit organization and translation industry texts and conventions. To include units, presentations, and creative projects and analyses specific to enrolled students' vocational interests. Students help research and design part of the curriculum. Prerequisite: GER 218. Satisfies the S ACE.

GER 357. Internship. Off-campus supervised experience in German.

GER 370. Directed Study.

Last updated on 12/16/20.