German Courses

GN 111 - Discovering German 4 hrs.

In this course, students will develop basic skills in speaking, understanding, reading and writing German while discovering connections between the German language and the cultures of the German-speaking countries. This course does not count toward a major or a minor in German. (Offered during the fall semester.)

GN 112 - Exploring German 4 hrs.

A continuation of the first-semester German course, this course provides further development of communicative skills, as well as a more detailed understanding of German-speaking cultures. This course does not count toward a major or a minor in German. Prerequisite: GN 101 or 141 or approved placement test result. (Offered during the spring semester.)

GN 203 - Building Proficiency in German 3 hrs.

Students will refine their communicative skills by learning the more complex stylistic and grammatical features of the language and expanding their vocabulary. The length of readings and compositions will increase and students will deepen their cultural knowledge of the German-speaking world. Prerequisite: GN102 or 142 or approved placement test result. (Offered during the fall semester.)

GN 204 - Making Connections in German 3 hrs.

This course is a bridge to the advanced level. Students will become comfortable using and understanding more complex structures and vocabulary, both in speaking and writing. Greater language ability will enable students to deepen their understanding of German-speaking culture. Students will make connections between German and other areas of interest or career aspirations. Prerequisite: GN 203 or 243 or approved placement test result. (Offered during the spring semester.)

GN 305 - German Composition in Cultural Context 3 hrs.

This course provides intensive work in written German communication. Students will practice the various kinds of writing tasks that are necessary for everyday life in a German-speaking country such as describing, telling stories, narrating sequences of events, summarizing, debating, and composing various types of letters. Prerequisite: GN 204 or permission of the instructor.

GN 306 - German Conversation in Cultural Context 3 hrs.

This course provides intensive work in communicating in spoken German, with an emphasis on practical, idiomatic usage. Emphasis will be on oral production and listening comprehension. Class time will be spent on various communicative activities such as discussion and debate, role-playing, and presentations. Listening skills will be honed using authentic video and audio sources. Selected readings from German journals, newspapers and Internet sources will be incorporated. Course topics and materials will be designed to stimulate reflection on German-language culture. Prerequisite: GN 204 or permission of instructor.

GN 340 - German Civilization and Culture 3 hrs.

This course, a survey of the civilization and culture of German-speaking countries, includes the study of major historical and social developments, geography, scientific accomplishments, art, music, and theatre. Emphasis is placed on the events and ideas that helped shape contemporary Germany and Austria. Prerequisite: GN 204 or permission of the instructor.

GN 350 - Contemporary German Culture 3 hrs.

This course complements GN 340 German Civilization and Culture. Where that course focused on the history of Germany culture, this course will examine life in German-speaking countries today. The major institutions of society will be explored such as, family, workplace, education, religion, the economy, citizenship issues, the situation for minorities, the aftermath of German unification, and Germany’s role in the EU. Prerequisite: GN 204 or permission of the instructor.

GN 360 - Introduction to German Literature 3 hrs.

This course provides an introduction to the various genres of literature in the German language, including poetry, short stories, novellas, plays, and novels (or novel excerpts). Students will learn vocabulary and concepts necessary for the interpretation and analysis of literature and will write several papers and engage in critical discussion about the works read. Many historical periods will be represented. Pre requisite: GN 204 or permission of instructor.

GN 413 - Modern German Literature 3 hrs.

This course will introduce students to several major works of German literature from the late nineteenth century to the present. We will examine currents of thought running through certain periods of modern German literature and their relationship to the social and historical context in which the texts were written and read. Prerequisite: GN 204 or permission of instructor.

GN 420 - German Cinema 3 hrs.

This course is intended as an introduction to German film. Throughout the course, we will look at the films within their historical and social contexts in order to expand knowledge of German culture. Class meetings will be spent primarily on discussion, viewing of film clips, student presentations, and in-class writing assignments. Students will be required to view films in the language lab. Class will be conducted in German. Prerequisite: GN 204 or permission of instructor.

GN 295, 495 - Selected Topics in German 1-3 hrs.

Each selected topics course focuses on a specialized topic in German language, literature, or culture. Students may repeat this course for credit so long as the topic changes. Prerequisite: GN 204 or permission of the instructor.

GN 499 - Independent Study in German 1-3 hrs.

Independent study is open only to highly qualified students who receive permission from the instructor. Independent study may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: GN 204 and department chair approval.