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.

Spring 2016 Courses Cross-Listed in German Studies

COML 100A: Introduction to Global Literature
[ hum wi ]
Professor Ari Ofengenden
Block P - T,Th 3:30 PM–4:50 PM

FA 47B: Renaissance Art in Northern Europe
[ ca ]
Professor Jonathan Unglaub
Block E - M,W,Th 12:00 PM–12:50 PM

HIST 126A: Early Modern Europe (1500-1700)
[ qr ss ]
Professor Govind Sreenivasan
Block D - M,W,Th 11:00 AM–11:50 AM

HIST 183B: Community and Alienation: Social Theory from Hegel to Freud
[ ss ]
Professor Mark Hulliung
Block E - M,W,Th 12:00 PM–12:50 PM

MUS 45A: Beethoven
[ ca ]
Professor Allan Keiler
Block H - T,F 11:00 AM–12:20 PM

NEJS 137A: The Destruction of European Jewry
[ hum ]
Professor Jeremy Eichler
Block J - T,F 12:30 PM–1:50 PM

PHIL 107B: Kant's Moral Theory
[ hum ]
Professor Robert Greenberg
Block N - T,Th 2:00 PM–3:20 PM

PHIL 181A: Gazing into the Abyss: Schopenhauer and Nietzsche
[ hum ]
Professor Benjamin Sherman
Block F - M,W,Th 1:00 PM–1:50 PM

SOC 141A: Marx and Freud
[ ss ]
Professor Gordon Fellman
Block G - T,F 9:30 AM–10:50 AM


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

Spring 2016 Courses

For additional details, please visit the Spring 2016 Schedule of Classes on the University Registrar's website.

GER 20B: Continuing German
Professor Kathrin Seidl
Section 1: M,T,W,Th 10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Section 2: M,T,W,Th 11:00 AM–11:50 AM

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in GER 10a or the equivalent. Four class hours per week.

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
[ fl hum oc ]
Professor Kathrin Seidl
Block E - M,W,Th 12:00 PM–12:50 PM

Prerequisite: GER 30a.

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.

GER 120B: Deutsche Mäerchen
[ fl hum ]
Professor Sabine von Mering
Block L - M,W 3:30 PM–4:50 PM

Prerequisite: GER 30a. Conducted in German.

An advanced German language course focused on the fairy tale in German literature, and especially on the narratives collected by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm. It also explores the Kunstmärchen, and similar stories composed by German writers from Romanticism to the present. Usually offered every third year.

GECS 131B: Goethe—A European Romantic and his Muses
[ hum wi ]
Professor Sabine von Mering
Block M - M,W 5:00 PM–6:20 PM

Conducted in English.

The women he loved and collaborated with inspired Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) to write bestsellers like The Sorrows of Young Werther, which in turn inspired Jules Massenet to compose the opera “Werther.” In this course we will look at Goethe’s work with a critical eye to the representation of women, and the influence Goethe had on 19th-century Europe and beyond. Usually offered every third year.