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Applicable for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Professor DAVIS; Associate Professor STECKENBILLER; Assistant 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).

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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

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

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

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

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

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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. (Not offered 2021-22).

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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. (Not offered 2021-22).

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A German language half-block course with emphasis on four basic skills--reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension. Intended as a review and cannot substitute for GR101, GR102, GR201, or GR202. (Not offered 2021-22).

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A German language half-block course with emphasis on four basic skills--reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension. Intended as a review and cannot substitute for GR101, GR102, GR201, or GR202. (Not offered 2021-22).

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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.)

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

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

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

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Participation in performance and production aspects of a German play. Presented in the German language. Rehearsal time: 6-8 weeks. (Not offered 2021-22).

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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.

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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. (Not offered 2021-22).

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Continued work toward proficiency in written and spoken German with attention to stylistic nuance and fluency of expression. (Offered in Luneburg only.) (Not offered 2021-22).

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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.)

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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