Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

German Course Descriptions

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: 115 or placement into 116.
Ger 161. The Great German Dynasties. Taught in English. An examination of the rise and
fall of the great dynasties of German-speaking Europe, and how they interfaced with the major social, political, religious and historical issues of their time.
Ger 162. German Multiculturalism. Taught in English. An examination of historical,political, artistic, literary, religious and social issues resulting from the interfacing of German-speaking countries and the non-western cultures in their midst, and of how conflicting ideas areaddressed.
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: 116 or placement into 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: 217 or placement into 218.
Ger 222. German Cinema. Taught in English, a survey course examining German cinema from its world-famous pioneers in the 1920’s to contemporary filmmakers.
Ger 227. Off-Campus German Conversation and Culture. Total immersion in a German-speaking country. Focus is on experiencing everyday life, travel to different places and practice oral communications and presentations. Offered spring term. Prerequisite: 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: 218.
Ger 231. Business German. German for commerce and economics, industry and labor,import and export, transportation systems, banking and marketing. Builds reading, speaking, and writing skills, using contemporary economics and business texts and conventions.Prerequisite: 218.
Ger 236. Advanced German Writing & Speaking. Progressive and comprehensive review of German grammar and syntax. Practice in written and oral expression on a variety of topics in German culture. Prerequisite: 218.
Ger 242. Masterpieces of German Literature (in Translation). Taught in English. Major works of German-speaking authors are examined against the background of the socio-political history of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. No prerequisite.

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: 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. German students will write papers in German. Prerequisite: 218.