German Studies Major (Liberal Studies, Business, Elementary/ Middle/ Secondary Education, Science and Allied Health, Health Education, Physical Education, Recreation) is a multidisciplinary major that requires 36 credits. Requirements are: completion of the required courses in the German Minor (15 credits); four additional upper-level courses in German; HST 345; GEO 304; POL 338; and approved work or study experience in a German-speaking country; German language proficiency at the intermediate high level (based on departmental proficiency exam); completion of the student portfolio (an essay in German on a selected topic, a sample of oral proficiency, and the results of the department's Advanced Grammar Test).
German Studies Minor
(Liberal Studies, Business, Elementary/ Middle/Secondary Education, Health Education, Physical Education, Recreation) - 18 credits above GER 202, including GER 300 or 301, 313, 320, 330, 420 and three credits of electives.Note: Education majors with a major or minor in German Studies should refer to the requirements listed under Foreign Language majors and minors in Education on p. 163.
+ above 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
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 312 Cr. 3
A survey of grammatical principles with an emphasis on the syntactical elements of the German language and on free composition work. 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
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: 1870-Reunification
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
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.
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. 3
Films in German
The study of the German-speaking world.Film viewing, discussion and writing assignments will all be in German. Lect. 2, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent. Offered every fourth semester.
GER 394 Cr. 3
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 FLG, FRE, and SPA; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered occasionally.
GER 400 Cr. 3
Women Writers in Germany
An examination of literature by women writing in German from 1850 to present. Students will read works dating from the beginnings of the Women's Movement, including writers from the following historical periods: Weimar, the Third Reich, the two post-war Germany, and united Germany. Representatives from each of the German-speaking cultures will also be covered, as well as works by Turkish women and/or other members of minority groups who write in German. Prerequisite: GER 305. Offered every fourth semester.
GER 401 Cr. 3
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: 1989-Present
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 multi-cultural 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 sub-titled films and reading their literary sources in translation. Prerequisite: one course in literature from either the foreign languages or English department. Offered occasionally.
GER 495/595 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. Prerequisites: admission to the Alvida Ahlstrom Honors program, GER 300 and one 300 or 400-level literature or civilization course. Offered Sem. II.
GER 498/598 Cr. 1-3
Fieldwork, research, individual projects in a specific area of German language, civilization or literature. Prerequisites: two advanced courses and junior standing. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6.
GER 499/599 Cr. 1-3
Field work, research, individual projects in a specific area of German language, civilization or literature. Prerequisites: two advanced courses and junior standing. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6.