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German at Aquinas College

German Courses

Major Requirements
A total of 33 semester hours (exclusive of 101 and 102) including GN301, GN302, three advanced-level courses beyond the 302 level, and at least one literature or culture class are required (GN325, 326, 309 or 398). 
Students seeking to major in German must complete all courses beyond the introductory level with a grade of “C” or higher to continue with the next-level language class (201, 202, 301, 302, and all other 300+ and 400+ level courses). At graduation the student must have a cumulative G.P.A. of B (3.0) or higher in those courses used to fulfill the major requirement. 

Overseas language study is strongly recommended for all majors. At least 18 credit hours must be taken at Aquinas College which may include courses taken while studying abroad. All German majors and students wishing to enroll in GN496 and/or 497 must demonstrate proficiency at the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) standard of Advanced Low in Writing and Speaking as demonstrated by examination in GN301 and 302. This standard may equally be met by German students who pass the ZMP (Zentrale MIttelstufenprüfung Deutsch des Goethe Institutes). Students transferring credits for GN301 and/or 302 from other institutions will be required to take a proficiency exam. Students must consult with the department chair to arrange the proficiency exam. 

Education students: those seeking either elementary, secondary or K-12 Michigan teacher certification must have a major in German. Please contact an Education Department advisor for details. 

Minor Requirements
A minor in German may be obtained by completing 21 credit hours (exclusive of 101 and 102 in German); including GN301 and GN302. At least one literature and one culture class is required for German (GN325, 326, 309 or 398) minors. At least 3 credit hours must be taken at Aquinas College. Students seeking to minor in German must complete all courses beyond the introductory level with a grade of “C” or higher to continue with the next-level language class (201, 202, 301, 302, and all other 300+ and 400+ level courses). The student must have, at graduation time, a cumulative G.P.A. of B- (2.7) or higher in those courses used to fulfill the minor requirement. The language minor is not available to those students seeking teacher certification. 

For students seeking Teacher Certification in German 
The German minor is not available to those students seeking teacher certification. GN496 (Teaching German in the Elementary and Middle School, K-8) or GN497 (Teaching German in the Secondary School) is required of all students seeking teacher certification in German. These courses do not count as credit hours toward the German major, but rather as methodology courses for the Education Department

WL101 First Semester German (4)

Introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, and German culture. Prerequisite: None.

WL102 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.

WL201 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.

WL202 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.

WL301 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.

WL302 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

WL309 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.

WL310 Special Topics (Variable)

Variable topics offered on an occasional basis. Prerequisite: Instructor approval

WL325 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.

WL326 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.

WL398 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 department chairperson.

WL401 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

WL413 German for Business and Professions (3)

Development of effective communication strategies (advanced language and cultural skills) necessary for functioning in the professional world in German-speaking countries. Introduction to cultural contexts of business and professional practices using specialized vocabulary. Topics include structure and legal form of German businesses, letter & resume writing, comprehension of tecnical texts, project management in the workplace, and preparation for internships. Prerequisites: GN301 with grade C or better (or equivalent).

WL499 Study Abroad (Variable)

Prerequisite: A German major or minor.