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German (Ger)

This discipline is in the Division of the Humanities.

Objectives—The purpose of the German curriculum is to introduce students to the language, literature, and culture of German-speaking countries. The courses are designed to promote a global perspective by encouraging students to take a close look at another culture and in this way to become aware of both the diversity and similarity among all people. They satisfy general education and major requirements and prepare students for teaching or graduate study.

Some German students work on research with the faculty through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. The Global Campus Program provides a foreign study experience for all interested students.

Required Proficiency/Placement Examination—Students who plan to complete courses in the same language that they studied in high school must take the proficiency/placement examination and abide by the placement recommendation. If, after an initial exposure to the recommended course, the placement seems inappropriate, they may follow the recommendation of their language instructor as to the proper entry course.

Requirements for a Major include Ger 1110, 1120 or equivalent, 3100, 3105, 3110; two of the three survey courses: 3200, 3201, 3202; 3501 or 3502; and three additional 5-credit 3xxx courses taught in German. Courses with grades of D are not acceptable to meet the major requirements. Students interested in German are urged to select their general education "E" courses from such areas as: art history, music history, European history, the History of Ideas (philosophy), Technique and Form in Poetry and Backgrounds to Literature (English), and Humanities (Hum) courses.

Requirements for a Minor include Ger 1110, 1120 or equivalent, 3100, 3105, 3110; two of the three survey courses: 3200, 3201, 3202; and two additional 5-credit 3xxx courses taught in German. Courses with grades of D are not acceptable to meet the minor requirements.

Requirements for Teacher Preparation—German majors and minors must complete required professional education courses including methods (LanE 3940) and student teaching in German. Students seeking teaching licensure must also demonstrate their proficiency in German by examination. The examination will be administered by the discipline and will cover the skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will be required to pass with a rating of at least "good." Regular use of the language lab and, if possible, a foreign study experience are recommended to maintain language skills. Required courses may not be taken S-N unless only offered S-N.

Austrian Studies in Graz With the Global Campus—Students interested in a foreign study experience may spend one or two quarters or an entire year in Graz, Austria, with full integration into the Karl-Franzens University for spring semester if they have junior standing and two years of college-level German. Only one year of college-level German is required to be eligible for the one- or two-quarter options. The fall program consists of language, culture, and history courses; the spring program includes language, literature, and international relations courses. A course called "The Graz Experience" is required of all participants to deepen their understanding of Austrian culture. The Graz program offers an internship program during winter quarter.

Course Descriptions

Note: Students may not receive credit twice for a course that is offered in both English and German.

Ger 1100f. Beginning German I. (5 cr)

Introduction to basic grammar, reading, and writing. Basic principles of German syntax, pronunciation, and conversational patterns are reinforced by lab drills. Elementary-level reading helps to develop command of basic vocabulary.

Ger 1101w. Beginning German II. (5 cr; prereq 1100 or placement or #)

Continuation of 1100.

Ger 1102s. Beginning German III. (5 cr; prereq 1101 or placement or #)

Continuation of 1101.

Ger 1110f. Intermediate German I. (W, E3; 5 cr; prereq 1102 or placement or #)

Review of applied grammar based on the reading and analysis of intermediate-level literary texts. Lab drills.

Ger 1120w. Intermediate German II. (W, E3; 5 cr; prereq 1110 or #)

German culture. Readings cover the main trends in German traditions and ideas from the early beginnings to the present. Language practice through analysis of texts and discussion of ideas; oral and written reports in German. Audiovisual aids; recorded music and literature (Rosenkavalier, Dreigroschenoper, Faust).

Ger 3100w. Beginning German Conversation and Composition. (W; 5 cr; prereq 1102 or #)

Develops skills in German language usage through grammar review, speech pattern drills, compositions, and oral reports. Lab drills afford opportunity for improving fluency. Berlitz pathescopic slide series aid oral practice.

Ger 3105s. Readings and Analysis of Literary Texts. (W, E6; 5 cr; prereq 1120 or #)

Selections from recent and contemporary literature are read, analyzed, and discussed to help students develop an appreciation for the intrinsic values of German literature. Introduction to stylistics.

Ger 3110s. Advanced German Conversation and Composition. (W; 5 cr; prereq 3100, 3105 or #; recommended that this course not be taken in the same year as 3100)

Practice in fluent and idiomatic usage of the German language. The more difficult aspects of the structural patterns of German. Contemporary journalistic materials. Lab audiovisual drills.

Ger 3120. German Play. (1 cr; repeatable to 4 cr; prereq 1101 or #; S-N only; offered when feasible)

Reading, study, and presentation of a short contemporary play. Enhances fluency and familiarity with the modern idiom.

Ger 3200f. Survey of German Literature and Culture as Reflected in Literary Texts I. (W; 5 cr; prereq 3105 or #)

Chronological study of German literature and its cultural background from the early beginnings through the Romantic Movement, early 19th century. Selected representative works read and analyzed.

Ger 3201w. Survey of German Literature and Culture as Reflected in Literary Texts II. (W; 5 cr; prereq 3105 or #)

Chronological study of German literature and its cultural background covering the 19th century. Selected representative works read and analyzed.

Ger 3202s. Survey of German Literature and Culture as Reflected in Literary Texts III. (W; 5 cr; prereq 3105 or #; not offered 1997-98)

Chronological study of German literature and its cultural background covering the modern period. Selected representative 20th-century works are read and analyzed.

Ger 3501s. German Classicism. (W; 5 cr; prereq 3200, 3201 or #; not offered 1998-99)

Readings in aesthetic theory and exemplary works by writers of the period. Readings include texts by Goethe and Schiller; other relevant art forms considered.

Ger 3502s. German Romanticism. (W; 5 cr; prereq 3200, 3201; not offered 1997-98)

Readings in Romantic theory and consideration of Romantic Movements of the era. Works by Wackenroder, Tieck, Novalis, Eichendorff, and E. T. A. Hoffman. Other art forms considered.

Ger 3531w. Studies in German Drama. (5 cr; prereq 3105 or #; not offered 1998-99)

Some works of 19th-century, but emphasis on works of 20th-century playwrights (Brecht, Durrenmatt, Frisch, Handke, Horvath, Hacks). Readings, lectures, and discussions in German.

Ger 3610. Topics in German. (5 cr; repeatable when topic changes; open to all students; does not count toward major or minor; offered when feasible)

Topics may be an in-depth study of one author or a specific period in German literature. Seminar discussions based on individual research. Readings and discussions are in English.

Ger 3611. Topics in German. (5 cr; repeatable when topic changes; prereq 3200, 3201 or #; offered when feasible)

Same content as 3610 except readings and discussions are in German. However, for study abroad, advanced students in German complete an in-depth project in an area of their interest. These students should discuss their topic in advance with instructor.

Ger 3651f. Studies in German Literature. (W; 5 cr; prereq 3105 or #)

Selected readings in German reflecting modern literary trends in Germany. Lectures and discussions in German.

Ger 3950f, 3951w, 3952s. Directed Study. (1-5 cr per qtr; prereq #)

Ger 3960Hf, 3961Hw, 3962Hs. Senior Honors Project. (1-5 cr per qtr; prereq participation in Honors Program, #)

A substantial scholarly or creative work (at the undergraduate level) within the discipline. Successful completion of the senior honors project is one of the requirements for graduating from UMM "with honors."

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