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Applicable for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Associate Professor DAVIS; Assistant Professor STECKENBILLER; Visiting Assistant Professor LISIECKI.

Major Requirements

German Studies Major

A student majoring in German studies must complete nine units beyond the level of German 202, including GR305 (Composition, Conversation, and Context), GR416 (Senior Project), and seven additional elective courses. Students will work closely with their major advisor to develop a course of study that addresses their interests. Elective courses must be approved by the major advisor. Three of the elective courses may be German courses offered in translation at the 200 level, or courses in other disciplines that have a thematic focus on German Studies. GR 120 and 121 (offered only through the study abroad program in Lüneburg) may substitute for two of these electives. The remaining four electives must be fulfilled by German courses above the level of GR305 in which all work is completed in the German language.

German majors are encouraged to apply for one of the two annual stipends for a year of study at the Universities of Regensburg or Göttingen. The college’s own fall semester at the University of Lüneburg, Germany, allows students to study German language at all levels. A student may also minor in German (details below).

Minor Requirements

German Studies Minor

The prerequisite for admission to the minor is GR102 or the equivalent. Students must complete a minimum of six units, including GR201, GR202, and GR305, as well as three elective courses. Two electives may be GR120 and/or GR 121 (offered only through the study abroad program in Lüneburg), German courses offered in translation at the 200 level, or courses in other disciplines that have a thematic focus on German. The remaining elective must be fulfilled by a German course above the level of GR305 in which all work is completed in the German language.

Courses

German

GR101 Elementary German (I)

An introductory German language course with emphasis on four basic skills--reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension.

1 unit — Meyer, Steckenbiller

GR102 Elementary German (II)

An introductory German language course with emphasis on four basic skills--reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension.

Prerequisite: successful completion of German 101, or placement into German 102 by an adequate score on the German placement exam.

1 unit — Meyer

GR103 German Skill Maintenance

Reading material and exercises maintain previously acquired skills until the student is able to continue with 201.

Prerequisite: German 101.

.25 unit — Laviolette

GR104 German Skill Maintenance

Reading material and exercises maintain previously acquired skills until the student is able to continue with 201.

Prerequisite: German 101.

.25 unit — Laviolette

GR120 Germany Cultural History 1

Explores major elements of the cultures of German-speaking countries from the Middle Ages through the 18th Century. Through the study of texts from literature, philosophy, art and music, examines key moments in German cultural history from the Age of Charlemagne and the “Holy Roman Empire,” to the Enlightenment. Taught in English. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.

1 unit — Hernandez-Lemus, Lisiecki, Steckenbiller

GR121 German Cultural History 2

Through the examination of various forms of media such as writing, film and music, explores major elements of the cultures of German-speaking countries from Romanticism to the present. Taught in English. Can be taken as a single block course but must be taken with GR120 to fulfill the West in Time requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.

1 unit — Lewis

GR200 German Language

1 unit — Lisiecki, Steckenbiller

GR201 Intermediate German I

Building language proficiency through a systematic review of German grammar and readings of selected texts. (Completion of this level is required for participation in the German semester in Luneburg.)

Prerequisite: 101 or equivalent.

1 unit — Lisiecki, Steckenbiller

GR202 Intermediate German II

A continuation of German grammar review begun in German 201, with special emphasis on vocabulary building through readings, discussions and special projects.

Prerequisite: 201 or equivalent.

1 unit — Meyer

GR205 German Skill Maintenance

Maintenance of language proficiency for students at the advanced intermediate level or higher.

Prerequisite: German 201.

.25 unit — Laviolette

GR206 German Skill Maintenance

Maintenance of language proficiency for students at the advanced intermediate level or higher.

Prerequisite: German 201.

.25 unit — Laviolette

GR209 German Theatre Workshop

Participation in performance and production aspects of a German play. Presented in the German language. Rehearsal time: 6-8 weeks.

.25 unit

GR210 German Film from its Beginnings to 1945

An introduction to the development of German cinema and its contribution to the history of film. Discussions will focus on prevalent themes, film aesthetics, genres and gender roles in a socio-political context. Viewed will be classics of the silent screen by such legendary filmmakers as Lubitsch, Murnau, and Pabst. Secondly, masterpieces of the early German sound-film by directors such as Sternberg, Lang and Sagan and finally the ambiguities of the Nazi propaganda and entertainment films by Riefenstahl and Harlan. Readings and discussions are in English. All films have English subtitles. (Offered alternate years.) No prerequisites. (Not offered 2016-17).

1 unit

GR211 German Film since 1945

A study of German cinema of the post-war era, including more contemporary films. Discussions and films shown will reflect the concerns of a younger generation of filmmakers, including coming to terms with the legacy of the Third Reich in such films as 'The Murderers are Amongst Us,' 'The Tin Drum,' and 'The Nasty Girl,' the 'New German Cinema' of Fassbinder, Wenders and Herzog; and alternative points of view by women and gay filmmakers such as Dorrie, von Trotta and von Praunheim. Readings and discussions are in English. All films have English subtitles. (Offered alternate years.) No prerequisites. (Not offered 2016-17).

1 unit

GR220 Intermediate Topics in German Studies:

Exploration of a selected topic in German Studies (including literature, film, history, philosophy, et al.). Taught in English, and all work may be completed in English.

Prerequisite: taught in English.

1 unit — Davis, Lisiecki, Meyer

GR229 The German Democratic Republic

An overview of historical, political and cultural developments from the end of World War II to the unification of the German states in 1990, with consideration of important works of literature and film in the context of Marxist cultural politics. No prerequisite. Readings and discussion in English. (Not offered 2016-17).

1 unit

GR305 German Composition, Conversation, and Context

Advanced study of German language and culture focusing on all four skills with an emphasis on writing and conversation. Course content will include authentic material to raise cultural awareness and increase students’ knowledge of contemporary German culture.

Prerequisite: German 202 or placement into German 305.

1 unit — Lisiecki, Steckenbiller

GR306 German Composition and Conversation II

Continued work toward proficiency in written and spoken German with attention to stylistic nuance and fluency of expression. (Offered in Luneburg only.)

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit — Steckenbiller

GR311 Independent Reading:

For students wishing to read literature not covered by courses they have taken or to bridge scheduling difficulties. (This course may also be taken in extended format, i.e. over 4 blocks for 0.5 unit or over 8 blocks for 1 unit.)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

.5 to 1 unit

GR312 Independent Reading:

For students wishing to read literature not covered by courses they have taken or to bridge scheduling difficulties. This course may also be taken in extended format, i.e. over 4 blocks for 0.5 unit or over 8 blocks for 1 unit.)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

.5 to 1 unit

GR314 German Culture & Institutions

The German-speaking countries. An introduction to the culture and institutions of the German states. (Offered in Luneburg only.) (Not offered 2016-17).

Prerequisite: 306 or equivalent.

1 unit

GR315 Survey of German Literature and Culture I

Major developments in German life and letters from the Middle Ages through Classicism, with special attention to antecedents in classical antiquity and significant parallel developments in other European literatures. Works from early periods read in English or New High German. (Not offered 2016-17).

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent. Must take 315 and 316 for CP:W credit.

1 unit

GR316 Survey of German Literature and Culture II

Major developments in life and letters of the German-speaking countries from Romanticism to the present. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent. Must take 315 & 316 for CP:W credit.

1 unit

GR320 Advanced Topics in German Studies:

Advanced study of German language and culture focusing on all four skills with an emphasis on writing and conversation. Course content will include authentic material to raise cultural awareness and increase students’ knowledge of contemporary German culture.

Prerequisite: German 305 or above.

1 unit — Davis, Lisiecki, Meyer

GR327 German Literature from 1918 to 1945

Literature of the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich and works by writers in exile. Selections from Brecht, Thomas and Heinrich Mann, Hesse, Kafka, et. al. (Not offered 2016-17).

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit

GR328 German Literature since 1945:

Literature from the Federal Republic, Austria and Switzerland with focus on topics such as the Nazi past and problems associated with economic and political growth in the post-war period. (Offered alternate years.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit — Steckenbiller

GR334 German Literature at the Turn of the Century

A discussion of the fin de siecle. The literature of Naturalism, Impressionism and early Expressionism as the basis for an investigation of society in the German and Austro-Hungarian Empires. (Offered alternate years.)

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit

GR335 Realism

German literature in the mid- to late-19th century. Reading selections from Buchner, Kleist, Storm, Fontane and other major writers. (Offered alternate years.) (Not offered 2016-17).

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit

GR336 German Romanticism

Representative German writers of the Romantic movement such as Tieck, Novalis and Hoffmann, with attention to underlying philosophical and social trends. (Offered alternate years.) (Not offered 2016-17).

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit

GR347 The Age of Goethe

Readings selected from the dramas, prose fiction, poetry and critical writings of Goethe, Schiller, Lessing, et al., from the late 18th century into the early 19th century. Reflections on developments in German literature in the periods generally designated as Enlightenment, Storm and Stress, and Classicism.

Prerequisite: German 305 or equivalent.

1 unit — Davis

GR416 Senior Project

The Senior Project will reflect the student’s course of study and academic, personal, and professional interests, and must be approved by the major advisor.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor & Completion of requirements for major, arranged any block.

1 unit — Steckenbiller