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 2017 Courses Cross-Listed in German Studies

ECS 100A: European Cultural Studies Proseminar: Modernism*
[ hum wi ]
Professor Stephen Dowden
M,W 2:00 PM–3:20 PM

*Required for German Studies major.

HIST 137B: World War I
[ ss wi ]
Professor Paul Jankowski
M,W,Th 11:00 AM–11:50 AM

PHIL 168A: Kant
[ hum ]
Professor Robert Greenberg
M,W,Th 11:00 AM–11:50 AM

POL 189A: Marx, Nietzsche, and Twentieth-Century Radicalism
[ ss ]
Professor Bernard Yack
T,Th 3:30 PM–4:50 PM


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

Fall 2017 Courses

For additional details, please visit the Fall 2017 Schedule of Classes on the University Registrar's website.

Courses Taught in German

GER 10A: Beginning German
Professor Sabine von Mering
Section 1: M,T,W,Th 10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Section 2: M,T,W,Th 11:00 AM–11:50 AM

Four class hours per week.

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
[ fl ]
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 20b or the equivalent. Four class hours per week.

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 105A: Writing on the Wall: Literature, the Arts, and the Fall of the Wall
[ fl hum wi ]
Professor Kathrin Seidl

M,W,Th 12:00 PM–12:50 AM

Prerequisite: GER 30a or the equivalent.

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 drastically changed Germany’s geographical and political landscape. This course focuses on the role of literature, music and the arts in this historical process, and on changes in conceptual frameworks for the perception of borders, language, space and tradition. Students expand their vocabulary, improve their oral/written use of idiomatic German, and hone reading strategies and analytical skills. Usually offered every year.