German Studies Electives

Electives for the German program are divided into courses taught in German and courses taught in English translation. This approach allows students to study German literature and culture at an advanced level without having to first reach full fluency in the language. Those who pursue the German major are encouraged to take as many of their upper-level courses in German as possible.

Fall '14 Cross-Listed Courses

ECS 100A: European Cultural Studies Proseminar: Modernism
Stephen Dowden

HIST 183B: Community and Alienation: Social Theory from Hegel to Freud
Mark Hulliung

HOID 100A: Introduction to Critical Theory
Patrick Gambsy

PHIL 168A: Kant
Kathleen Moran

Course descriptions and additional details are available in the Fall 2014 Schedule.


To view the complete descriptions of the courses that satisfy the requirements for the German Studies major/minor, please visit the University Bulletin.

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Fall 2014 Course Offerings

GER 10A: Beginning German
Kathrin Seidl

Intended for students with little or no previous knowledge of German. Emphasis is placed on comprehending, reading, writing, and conversing in German and the presentation of basic grammar. Class work is enhanced by various interactive classroom activities and is supplemented by extensive language lab, video, and computer-aided exercises. Usually offered every year in the fall.

GER 30A: Intermediate German
Sabine von Mering

In concluding the development of the four language speaking skills--comprehending, writing, reading, and speaking--this course focuses on finishing up the solid grammar foundation that was laid in GER 10a and GER 20b. It also presents additional audio and video material, films, radio plays, and newspaper and magazine articles, as well as a variety of extensive interactive classroom activities. Usually offered every year in the fall.

GER 121A: Der Eros und das Wort: Lyrik, Prosa, Drama
Stephen Dowden

Focuses on the prose, poetry, and drama of love in German literature since Goethe. Workes by Goethe, Kleist, Novalis, Tieck, Rilke, Hofmannsthal, Schnitzler, Treichel, and others. Usually offered every third year.

Spring 2015 Course Offerings

GER 20B: Continuing German
Kathrin Seidl

Continuation of comprehending, reading, writing, and conversing in German, with an emphasis on basic grammar concepts. Special attention is paid to the development of speaking skills in the context of cultural topics of the German-speaking countries. Extensive language lab, video, and computer-aided exercises supplement this course. Usually offered every year in the spring.

GER 103A: German Culture Through Film
Kathrin Seidl

Approaches an understanding of contemporary German culture through film by focusing on one of the most fascinating and turbulent of national cinemas. Landmark films from the 1920s to the present and pertinent essays, articles and studies will provide a historical perspective on decisive social and cultural phenomena. Major themes include Vergangenheitsbewältigung, multi-ethnic societies, terrorism, life in the GDR, and cultural trends at the beginning of the 21st century. Usually offered every second year.

GECS 130B: The Princess and the Golem: Fairy Tales
Sabine von Mering

An introduction to the genre of fairy tale in German literature, focusing especially on the narratives collected by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm, but also exploring the Kunstmärchen and calendar stories composed by German writers from Romanticism into the twentieth century. Usually offered every third year.

GECS 188B: Human/Nature: European Perspectives on Climate Change
Sabine von Mering

Investigates the role of ethics and aesthetics in European climate change discourses from its beginnings in European Romanticism through a look at global connections to contemporary science fiction and computer games. Usually offered every second year.