German (GER)

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German Studies Major

(All colleges) - 33 credits above GER 202 including one course in literature from GER 301, 400, 401, 403, 406, 491; one course in civilization from GER 320 or 420; two courses in German skills development from GER 300, 311, 313, 330; 15 credits of German electives at the 300/400 level (excluding GER 399); two approved courses (six credits) in art, business, history, literature, politics, music, religion, sociology, and other disciplines in which a significant portion of the course relates to one or more countries in the German-speaking world. These courses may be taught in German or English. The department's course on German Literature in Transition (GER 399) and MLG 299 are strongly recommended. Additional courses that satisfy this requirement include: GEO 304, HIS 314, 323, 346, 348, 352; POL 338, 355; ENG 356, 432. Students must complete an approved work or study experience in a German-speaking country.

German Studies Major with Business Concentration

(All colleges) - 57 credits - 33 credits above GER 202 including: GER 315; one course in literature from GER 301, 315, 400, 401, 403, 406, 491; one course in civilization from GER 320 or 420; two courses in German skills development from GER 300, 311, 313, 330; 12 credits of German electives at the 300/400 level (excluding GER 399); and two approved courses (six credits) in art, business, history, literature, politics, music, religion, sociology, and other disciplines in which a significant portion of the course relates to one or more countries in the German-speaking world. These courses may be taught in German or English. The department's course on German Literature in Transition (GER 399) and MLG 299 are strongly recommended. Additional courses that satisfy this requirement include: GEO 304, HIS 314, 323, 346, 348, 352; POL 338, 355; ENG 356, 432. Students must complete an approved work or study experience in a German-speaking country.

Business Concentration

24 credits - ACC 235 (or 221 and 222), ECO 110, 120, 340, MKT 309, 341, MGT 308; one course from: ECO 311, MGT 430, FIN 355. Recommended courses: CS 101, ECO 375, MTH 145, 175, FIN 440 and the two courses not chosen from the second group.

German Studies Minor

(All colleges) 18 credits above GER 202, including one course in literature from GER 301, 400, 401, 403, 406, 491; one course in civilization from GER 320 or 420; two courses in German skills development from GER 300, 311, 313, 330; six credits of German electives at the 300/400 level (excluding GER 399).

German Studies majors and minors in education

In order to be certified to teach a foreign language, students must take CI 467, Teaching a Foreign Language, and student teach at the appropriate levels. Prior to student teaching, students are required to demonstrate proficiency at a level equivalent to Intermediate High on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Oral Proficiency Scale, complete an approved foreign language immersion experience, and pass the Praxis II content test(s) in the language(s) to be certified for teaching. (official test score report required prior to student teaching enrollment). In addition, students must take GER 330, Conversation and Phonetics or equivalent as part of the major or minor requirements. Questions should be referred to the department of modern languages.


+ next to a course number indicates a General Education course.


GER 101 Cr. 4 Elementary German I

The first of two introductory courses in German. The five language skills: listening, speaking, writing, reading, and culture are introduced.

GER 102 Cr. 4 Elementary German II

The second introductory course in German comprehension, speaking, writing, reading, and culture. Prerequisite: GER 101 or placement based on UW System Placement Test scores.

GER 201 Cr. 4 Intermediate German I

The first of two intermediate-level German courses. Students continue to develop all language skills with special emphasis placed on refining speaking and listening comprehension. Prerequisite: GER 102 or placement based on UW System Placement Test scores.

GER 202 Cr. 4 Intermediate German II

The second of two intermediate-level German courses. Students continue to develop all language skills with special emphasis placed on refining reading and writing in German. Prerequisite: German 201 or placement based on UW System Placement Test scores.

GER 300 Cr. 3 Advanced German

Development of all German language skills with emphasis on reading and writing. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent. Offered Sem. I.

GER 301 Cr. 3 An Introduction to German Literature

A beginning literature course designed to teach the student to read with depth and critical ability. Emphasis will be on German theatre, the short story, and poetry. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent.

GER 311 Cr. 3 German Conversation and Composition

Practice in oral and written German to gain fluency in idiomatic style. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent.

GER 313 Cr. 3 German Grammar and Composition

An intensive study of German grammar and stylistics with an emphasis on controlled compositions. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent.

GER 315 Cr. 3 Business German

A course designed to prepare advanced students in German to communicate effectively in the business world. Intensive practice in oral comprehension, speaking, writing, utilizing special, topical vocabulary related to international commerce. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent. Strongly recommend MGT 100 or concurrent registration in MGT 100.

GER 320 Cr. 3 German Civilization: 1870Reunification

A topical and contrastive approach to German culture and civilization. A study of the social and political organization of Germany from 1870 to reunification in 1989, based on an historical perspective with special emphasis on the forces which led to National Socialism and the division of Germany after World War II. Milestones in German cultural history prior to 1870 will be touched on briefly. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent. Offered Sem. II, alternate years.

GER 326 Cr. 1 Current Events

A weekly discussion of current events in the German speaking world, based on readings and television broadcasts in the target language. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent. Repeatable for credit - maximum 3. Students may take as many times as desired, but only three credits will count towards major/minor.

GER 330 Cr. 3 German Conversation and Phonetics

A study of the German-language sound system. Students learn the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) modeling their speech after native speakers-both live and from recorded materials. Sound patterns are reinforced through conversational exercises which are based upon current events, readings, and cultural nuances. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent. Offered every third semester.

GER 351 Cr. 4 Films in German

The study of the German-speaking world film viewing, discussion and writing assignments will all be in German. Lect. 3, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent. Offered every fourth semester.

GER 394 Cr. 3 Translating Literature

A study of the theory and problems of literary translation. Students translate literary works from the target language into English. The student translations are used for literary as well as translation technique study in the course. Prerequisite: FRE/GER/SPA 305. (Cross-listed with MLG, FRE, and SPA; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered occasionally.

GER 399 Cr. 3 German Literature in Translation

A course designed to introduce students to great works of German literature. The course will center on representative writings by leading authors of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries whose works illustrate important aspects of German history and culture. In general these will be longer works of fiction and/or multiple works by such writers as Kafka, Goethe, Kleist, Mann, Boll, Grass, Wolf, etc. Works and authors will vary. Offered Sem. II.

GER 400 Cr. 3 Women Writers in German

An examination of literature by women writing in German. Representatives from each of the German-speaking countries will be covered, as well as works by Turkish women and/or other members of minority groups who write in German. Topics and authors will vary. Prerequisite: GER 300 or 301. Offered occasionally.

GER 401 Cr. 3 German Drama

The development of German drama from Lessing to the present. Critical reading and analysis of masterpieces from the field of German drama, accompanied by an intensive study of the essence and development of this literary form. (Lessing, Schiller, Kleist, Buchner, Hebbel, Grillparzer, Hauptmann, Brecht, and others.) Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent.

GER 403 Cr. 3 Studies in German Literature

A course designed to survey major literary movements and authors. Specific topics vary by semester. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6.

GER 406 Cr. 3 Contemporary German Literature

From naturalism to the present. Selected novellas, novels, and drama by Rilke, Kafka, Mann, Brecht, Duerenmatt, Grass, and others. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent.

GER 420 Cr. 3 German Civilization: 1989Present

A study of contemporary life in the German-speaking world with particular emphasis on the Federal Republic since unification. Topics include unification, the political system, the educational system, and the geography of the region. The multicultural aspects of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland will be highlighted. Prerequisite: GER 320. Offered Sem. I.

GER 450 Cr. 1-4 National/International Intern Program

A course in German individually tailored to fit career needs: cultural awareness, technical vocabulary in German to prepare students who elect internship credits in other departments. German minors or other students having the equivalency of GER 202 may elect to take these credits off campus. Prerequisite: a declared major in department offering Intern Programs or a declared minor in German. Repeatable for credit - maximum 4.

GER 491 Cr. 3 Films and Literature

Viewing and criticism of subtitled films and reading their literary sources in translation. Prerequisite: one course in literature from either the modern languages or English department. Offered occasionally.

GER 495 Cr. 2 Honors Seminar in German

An in-depth examination of a topic in German literature or civilization concluding with a research paper and presentation to faculty and peers. Prerequisite: admission to the Alvida Ahlstrom Honors program, GER 300 and one 300 or 400 level literature or civilization course.

GER 498/598 Cr. 1-3 Independent Study

Fieldwork, research, individual projects in a specific area of German language, civilization or literature. Prerequisite: two advanced courses and junior standing. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6.

GER 499/599 Cr. 1-3 Independent Study

Field work, research, and individual projects in a specific area of German language, civilization or literature. Prerequisite: two advanced courses and junior standing. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6.