German (GERM)

GERM 101. Elementary German I. 1 Unit.

For students who have had no previous German or whose examination scores indicate 101 placement. This course creates the foundation for the acquisition of speaking, listening, writing and reading skills in German. Cultural topics will be an integral part of the language learning. Offered every fall semester.

GERM 102L. Beginning German II. 1 Unit.

For students who have completed GERM 101 or whose examination scores indicate 102 placement. As a continuation of GERM 101, this course focuses on the further acquisition and development of basic German language skills and expanding the foundation for cultural competency toward the German speaking countries. Offered every spring semester.

GERM 190. Special Topics in German Language and Literature. 1 Unit.

GERM 201L. Intermediate German I. 1 Unit.

Provides students the opportunity to strengthen and expand basic language skills for more diversified and complex communicative purposes. This course will focus on expanding students’ active vocabulary and on strengthening skills in grammatically correct oral and written discourse. Prerequisite: GERM 102L or appropriate placement score or permission of instructor. Offered every fall semester.

GERM 202L. Intermediate German II. 1 Unit.

A continuation of the structure and goals of GERM 201L. A focus will be on expanded language acquisition through active engagement with texts from a wide spectrum of media. Prerequisite: GERM 201L, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor. Offered every spring semester.

GERM 285. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

GERM 290. Special Topics in German Language and Literature. 1 Unit.

GERM 301L. Advanced German I. 1 Unit.

Emphasis on developing an advanced level of proficiency especially in writing and conversation skills. This course will focus on the appropriate use of idiomatic German, as well as on variations in syntax and style. Prerequisite: GERM 202 or permission of instructor.

GERM 302L. Advanced German II. 1 Unit.

A continuation of the structure and goals of GERM 301 with a strong emphasis on issues in modern German culture. Students will engage in analysis of different cultural phenomena and practices in German speaking countries. Prerequisite: GERM 301 or permission of instructor.

GERM 303B. Germany and the Search for National Identity. 1 Unit.

Taught in English. Open to all students. This course will concentrate on the concepts of Nation, Nationhood and Nationalism. What does it mean to be a member of a nation, to celebrate nationhood and how is this expressed, positively and negatively, in the phenomenon of Nationalism? Although the concentration will be on Germany’s search for and struggle with national identity, we will want to examine our own values and precepts, i.e. what has (and does) it mean to “be German,” but also to be a citizen of any nation.

GERM 304B. Modern German Culture (in English). 1 Unit.

Taught in English. Open to all students. This course will emphasize aspects of German culture from a historical perspective. Literary and other cultural documents as well as examples in the visual arts and in music will introduce students to diverse aspects of modern Germany as it developed into a multicultural nation. Writing enhanced course.

GERM 305A. Contemporary German Cinema. 1 Unit.

An examination of contemporary German cinema within an interdisciplinary context. The course provides students with the opportunity to grow familiar with German cinema while simultaneously studying German history, literature, and politics as part of its discourse. In English. Can be repeated for different course content.

GERM 306B. From Division to Reunification. The New Germany. 1 Unit.

The course outlines the post-war social and cultural developments of the two Germanys until re-unification and addresses questions related to a re-orientation in cultural practices and products (film, literature, art and architecture) in the New Germany. The course will include excursions to Berlin, Weimar and other sites of interest as they relate to the course content. In English. Taught only as part of the Summer Freiburg Program.

GERM 307V. Migrations: The Culture of Border Crossings. 1 Unit.

Focus on migration to German-speaking countries. Using film, literature and other cultural documents, the course explores border crossings and migrations as concepts and movements that question dominant definitions of political, social, and cultural demarcations and asks questions about the possibilities of creating different personal and collective identities and affiliations that grow out of living in a social and cultural diaspora. Junior Seminar.

GERM 385. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

GERM 390. Special Topics in German Language and Literature. 1 Unit.

The goal of this course will be to attain fluency of the German language at the idiomatic and stylistic level and to acquire the language strategies for understanding and utilizing nuanced constructions. The specific topic of this course will vary, but it will always have a cultural emphasis (Germans and the environment, Germany as a multicultural nation, an historical event or period). The topic will be examined utilizing a variety of texts (literature, poetry, biography) and media sources (print, television, film). Prerequisite: GERM 302.

GERM 395. Teaching Apprenticeship. 0.5 Units.

Pass/Fail only. A teaching apprenticeship gives a student insight into the methodological aspects of teaching a class in Modern Languages. It consists in class observations, goals and strategies discussions with the instructor, and some teaching responsibilities in and out of the classroom. The apprenticeship is arranged by mutual agreement between the faculty member and the student. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated once.

GERM 397. Internship in German. 0.5 or 1 Units.

A student-initiated internship where skills in German can be developed. Prerequisites: completion of GERM 201L and permission of instructor and chair.Enrollment in an internship course requires students to attend an orientation prior to beginning work at their internship site. For more information regarding internship orientations, please contact Career & Professional Development at or 386-822-7315.

GERM 401. The German Language as Cultural Expression. 1 Unit.

In this course we will work to reinforce and expand your knowledge of German through an examination of the role of the German language in its cultural, historical, geographic and cross-cultural context. We will examine artifacts, documents and literary works that reflect the relationship between language and culture. Our work will emphasize sociolinguistic issues such as language and gender, regionalism and dialects, the German address system, and specific social and political developments that have shaped the language. In English.

GERM 402L. Studies in German Literature. 1 Unit.

This course is organized around a specific theme or literary period, a genre or a selected author or group of authors in German speaking countries. It is designed to strengthen and expand students’ skills in critical analysis of literary texts.

GERM 403. Happily Ever After? The German Fairy Tale. 1 Unit.

Admittedly the site of horror and the grotesque, of violence and death, the German Fairy Tale of the 18th and 19th centuries provides unique insight into literature’s role in the construction of culture. The German Fairy Tale was an art form and a communicative practice, the goals of which ranged from the didactic to satire and comedy. All contributed to the unique constellation that was the German culture and nation of that time. The Fairy Tales will be examined in their literary, social and historical contexts. We will compare critical methods of analysis of these Fairy Tales and also consider modern variations and the significance of such transformations. In English.

GERM 404. Voices from the East and West: German Women Writers. 1 Unit.

The course focuses on a comparative analysis of women’s literature in East and West Germany. It addresses questions related to diverse narrative perspectives and themes and relates these differences to women’s experiences within the radically different socio-political and cultural realities of East and West Germany. It will also examine changes and continuities after German re-unification. In English.

GERM 485. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

GERM 490. Special Topics in German Language and Literature. 1 Unit.

GERM 499. Senior Project. 1 Unit.