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 2017 Courses Cross-Listed in German Studies

COML 100A: Introduction to Global Literature
[ hum wi ]
Professor Matthew Fraleigh
T,Th 2:00 PM–3:20 PM

HIST 123B: Reformation Europe (1400-1600)
[ ss wi ]
Professor Govind Sreenivasan
M,W 3:30 PM–4:50 PM

HIST 131A: Hitler's Europe in Film
[ ss wi ]
Professor Alice Kelikian
T,F 11:00 AM–12:20 PM

PHIL 107B: Kant's Moral Theory
[ hum ]
Professor Kathleen Moran
M,W 2:00 PM–3:20 PM


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

Spring 2017 Courses

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

Courses Taught in German

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

M,W,Th 12:00 PM–12:50 AM

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 109B: Meisterwerke Deutscher Kurzprosa
[ fl hum ]
Professor Stephen Dowden
M,W,Th 1:00 PM–1:50 PM

Conducted in German.

Tailored to suit the needs of advanced intermediate students, this course explores in detail several short prose masterworks by writers including Martin Buber, Franz Kafka, Friedrich Nietzsche, Thomas Mann, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Arthur Schnitzler. Usually offered every third year.