German at Aquinas College

German Minor

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Minor Requirements:

Twenty-three (23) credit hours exclusive of GN101/GN102. Required courses:

  • GN201
  • GN202
  • GN301
  • GN302
  • At least one literature course: GN325 or GN326
  • One culture course: GN309, GN310 or GN398
  • Plus at least two elective credits

At least 12 credit hours must be taken at Aquinas College, which may include courses taken while studying abroad. Students seeking to minor in French, German, Japanese or Spanish must complete all courses beyond the introductory level with a grade of “C” or higher to continue with the next level language class (102, 201, 202, 301, and 302). At graduation time, the student must have 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 for students seeking teacher certification.


  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.