Courses

Listed below are the course descriptions of the classes offered by the German Department in compliance with the 2011-12 CMU Bulletin. To view the most current classes offered by CMU, view the CMU Bulletins.

GER 101 Elementary German I: Language and Culture 4(4-0)
Designed for students who have had no German. Basic language skills. Introduction to the culture of the German-speaking countries. Students who have had previous preparation in German are required to take a placement exam.  Students who have had more than two years of high school German may enroll only with permission of instructor.  (University Program Group IV-B)

GER 102 Elementary German II: Language and Culture 4(4-0)
Continuation of GER 101. Basic language skills and introduction to the culture of the German-speaking countries. Recommended: GER 101. (University Program Group IV-B)

GER 107 Conversational German 1(1-0)
Designed for students who have had no German and wish to acquire some basic conversational skills. Emphasis on speaking and understanding, responding and vocabulary acquisition.

GER 110 German Language Study Abroad 1-8(Spec)
Intended for beginning students studying abroad. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

GER 201 Intermediate German I 4(4-0)
Further development of all language skills, a review of grammar, and exploration of the culture of present day Germany. Recommended: GER 102. (University Program Group IV-B)

GER 202 Intermediate German II 4(4-0)
Continuation of GER 201. Recommended: GER 201. (University Program Group IV-B)

GER 210 German Language Study Abroad 1-8(Spec)
Intended for intermediate students studying abroad. Prerequisites: GER 102.

GER 310 German Language Study Abroad 1-12(Spec)
Intended for advanced students studying abroad. Prerequisites: GER 202.

GER 311 Advanced German I 3(3-0)
Study of standard High German using current conversational and literary sources. Designed to improve oral and written language skills. Required for majors and minors. Recommended: GER 202.

GER 312 Advanced German II 3(3-0)
Continuation of GER 311. Required for majors and minors. Recommended: GER 311.

GER 325 Modern German Literature in Translation 3(3-0)
Interpretation and discussion of representative works by 20th century writers with a focus on their views of contemporary society. Does not count on German major or minor.

GER 335 The Culture of the German Economy 2(2-0)
Development of proficiency through readings, discussions, and assignments dealing with the culture of the German economic system and Germany in world trade. Taught in German.  Prerequisite: GER 312.

GER 336 The Culture of German Business 2(2-0)
Readings, discussions, and assignments based on materials dealing with key areas of the German business culture such as management and corporate hierarchies. Taught in German.  Prerequisite: GER 312.

GER 341 German Cultural History I 3(3-0)
The civilization of Germany and German-speaking areas with emphasis on the social, political, artistic, philosophical, and literary aspects. Recommended: GER 202.

GER 342 German Cultural History II 3(3-0)
Continuation of GER 341. Recommended: GER 202.

GER 343 Survey of German Literature I 3(3-0)
Survey of the chief literary periods through the early 19th century, reading representative authors and works within their social contexts. Recommended: GER 202.

GER 344Survey of German Literature II 3(3-0)
Survey of the chief literary periods from the mid-19th century through the present, reading representative authors and works within their social contexts. Recommended: GER 202.

GER 347 German Cultural History III 3(3-0)
Investigation of the cultural history of 'Germany' from post-war division through reunification and after, as seen through a wide variety of texts and other media. Recommended: GER 202.

GER 350 Highlights of German Film 3(3-0)
A survey of German film from the Weimar Republic through the present, with the focus on significant and representative feature films. Taught in German. Recommended: GER 202.

GER 370 Advanced Studies in German 1-12(Spec)
Special topics may include language, literature and/or culture.  May be repeated when the content is not a duplication of a previous special topics offering.  Recommended: GER 202.

GER 397 Directed Readings 1-3(Spec)
Offers insight into certain aspects of German literature and civilization, not normally included in regular courses. Prerequisites: 6 hours of 300-level courses; permission of instructor.

GER 398 Directed Writing 1-3(Spec)
Students will learn to write different text types (e.g., news articles, short stories, book reviews, etc.). They will improve their grammatical, linguistic, and stylistic skills in written German. Prerequisites: GER 311; permission of instructor.

GER 403 German Literature to 1776 3(3-0)
The Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, and the Enlightenment. Modern German translations from Old High German and Middle High German periods. Prerequisite: 6 hours of 300-level courses.

GER 405 German Classicism 3(3-0)
The classical age culminating in the works of Goethe and Schiller. The authors' lives, thoughts, and impact on their contemporaries. Prerequisite: 6 hours of 300-level courses.

GER 407 German Literature of the Nineteenth Century 3(3-0)
Romanticism, Poetic Realism, and Naturalism through representative authors. Prerequisite: at least 6 hours of 300- level courses.

GER 409 German Literature of the Twentieth Century 3(3-0)
Impressionism, Expressionism, Neo-realism, and other current trends. Prerequisite: at least 6 hours of 300-level courses.

GER 410 Study Abroad 1-24(Spec)
Intended for students on the exchange program with the Federation of German-American Clubs. Prerequisites: 6 hours at the 300 level; permission of the instructor.

GER 411 Practicum in Teaching German 3(2-1)
Techniques for teaching and testing foreign language skills, planning lessons and units, and selecting texts, cultural materials, and teaching aids. Practical experience through mini-teaching situations. Prerequisites: two 300-level courses; passing the competency test; departmental permission.

GER 412 Practicum: Secondary Field Experience 1(Spec)
Midtierexperience in secondary teaching situations. CR/NC only. Co-requisite: to be taken concurrently with GER 411.

GER 421 Foreign Language in Elementary Schools 1(1-0)
Techniques for teaching and testing foreign language skills, planning lessons and units, and selecting texts, cultural materials and teaching aids. Practical experience through mini-teaching situations. Prerequisite: must be taken concurrently with GER 411.

GER 422 Practicum: Elementary Field Experience 1(Spec)
Midtier experience in elementary teaching situations. CR/NC only. Co-requisite: to be taken concurrently with GER 421.

GER 470 Advanced Studies in German 1-12(Spec)
To develop advanced proficiency in German. Special topics may include language, literature, and/or culture. May be repeated when the content is not a duplication of a previous special topics offering. Recommended: 6 hours at the 300 level.

GER 490 Advanced German for Business 3(3-0)
Expands on GER 335 and features new topics such as management, finance, marketing, etc. Focuses on current issues facing German business. Prerequisites: GER 335 or GER 336 with a grade of B or better; permission of instructor; level of language competence sufficient to permit effective functioning in a practicum setting; space available in the program. Corequisite: one of the following: ACC 490, FIN 490, MGT 490, MKT 490 or BIS 490.

GER 570 Advanced Grammar and Composition 3(3-0)
Analysis of grammatical structures and extensive practice in oral and written expression. Recommended for majors. Prerequisite: GER 312.

GER 597 Independent Study 1-6(Spec)
The in-depth study of a topic under the direction of a faculty member who together with a student designs the format of the study. Prerequisites: permission of instructor and department chairperson; at least 6 hours on the 400 level.

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