GN101 First Semester German (4)
Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, and German culture. Prerequisite: None.
GN102 Second Semester German (4)
Continuation of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Further exposure to German culture. Prerequisite: C- or higher in GN101 or equivalent.
GN201 Third Semester German(4)
Expansion of the four language skills and cultural knowledge at an intermediate level. Prerequisite: C or higher in GN102 or equivalent.
GN202 Fourth Semester German(4)
Further expansion of the four language skills and cultural knowledge at an intermediate level. Prerequisite: C or higher in GN201 or equivalent.
GN301 Advanced Composition and Grammar Review (4)
This course places a strong emphasis on reading, writing, and grammar review. Students approach writing as a process. Different writing genres are explored, including description, narration, exposition, argumentation and literary analysis. Students study and critique model compositions, and practice the composition process in stages. Emphasis on grammar structures and vocabulary enhancement is designed to improve written communication. Multiple drafts and peer editing of compositions, including a Final term paper, are part of the process. Prerequisite: C or higher in GN202 or equivalent.
GN302 Advanced German Conversation (3)
This course is designed to assure students' language skills at an advanced level, especially in spoken language, through discussion of contemporary social, cultural and political issues in German-speaking countries. Topics include (but are not limited to) language change and tendencies, national and personal identities, diversity issues, foreigners, minorities, the educational system, religion, gender issues, and the role of the European Union. Prerequisite: C or higher GN301 or equivalent.
GN303 Business German (3)
This course is designed for German majors and minors and International Business majors interested in learning about economic issues in a business context in Germany. Introduction of specialized vocabulary for business, economics and politics and concentration on various text types (e.g. business letters encountered in specific business situations). Course emphasizes contemporary social, economic, and political issues using authentic texts (i.e. newspapers, magazines, video clips, Internet). Prerequisite: GN301 or equivalent.
GN309 Studies in German Culture and Society through Film (3)
Intensive study of German culture and society through the viewing and discussion of representative German feature and documentary films from both East- and West Germany, and Post-Wende Cinema. Credits may be earned under different specific titles, based on the focus of the course. Prerequisite: GN301 or equivalent. For students from other disciplines: Instructor approval.
GN310 Special Topics (Variable)
Variable topics offered on an occasional basis. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
GN325 Seminar in German Literature: 17th and 18th Centuries (3)
An introduction to major German literary works from the Baroque and Enlightenment to the Classical Period in Germany. Reading, discussion, and
analysis of literary works as part of their larger cultural and socio-historical contexts. Exploration of literary movements, genres, themes, and authors. Prerequisite: GN301 or equivalent.
GN326 Seminar in German Literature: 19th and 20th Centuries (3)
An introduction to major German literary works from the Romantic Period to Post-War German Literature. Reading, discussion, and analysis of literary works as part of their larger cultural and socio-historical contexts. Exploration of literary movements, genres, themes, and authors. Prerequisite: GN301 or equivalent.
GN398 Advanced Readings in German (Variable)
Individually negotiated program of readings on selected topics established by contract between instructor and student. Contracts are filed with the Registrar. Prerequisite: Approval of the chairperson.
GN399 Independent Project (Variable)
Individually negotiated project of defined nature that are established by contract between instructor and student. Contracts are filed with the Registrar. Prerequisite: Approval of the chairperson.
GN401 Seminar in German Studies (3)
Designed as a research seminar this course will expose students to major themes in German culture, history, and philosophy. By examining the changing nature of German culture through a variety of texts on a particular theme, students are asked to pose questions that assist them in developing a comprehensive research project related to the subject matter of the course. They will present their project at the end of the course in a public forum. Students will also complete a language-learning portfolio that documents the learners' proficiency in German language and culture as well as their intercultural skills. To achieve these goals, students will work with a wide variety of texts that range from autobiographical and fictional works, to films, film reviews, music, on-line newspaper articles, government press releases, surveys, statistics, and political cartoons. They will acquire and practice sophisticated vocabulary, grammatical structures, and discourse markers that will allow them to comprehend and discuss these texts. Formats will include informal conversations, prepared debates, group discussions, and written essays. Prerequisites: GN 301 or equivalent
GN497 Methodology of Teaching Foreign Languages in the Secondary School, 9–12 (3)
These courses do not count as credit hours toward the foreign language major, but rather as methodology courses for the Education Department. Offered every Spring. Prerequisite: GN301 and 302 or equivalent.
GN499 Study Abroad (Variable)
Prerequisite: A German major or minor.