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101 & 102. Elementary German I & II 1 course unit each
An introduction to basic grammar and vocabulary of, as well as communication skills in German within its cultural contexts. Students will use a variety of authentic text and media resources to acquire and enhance linguistic skills. The first semester is designed for students with no knowledge of, or with a weak background in German, the second—for students with limited, but residual previous exposure to German. Assignment by placement test. Four class hours per week plus Language Learning Center assignments.

203 & 204. Intermediate German I & II 1 course unit each
An accelerated review of basic German grammar through speaking, reading, writing and other linguistically appropriate activities. The introduction of more advance grammatical structures and a variety of authentic text and multimedia resources will enhance the students’ linguistic skills and sociocultural awareness of the German speaking world. The development of functional skills and communicative ability is emphasized. Students also acquire the linguistic tools needed to continue learning German as it pertains to their fields of interest. Assignment by placement test. Three class hours per week plus Language Learning Center assignments.

301, 302. German Conversation & Composition
Exercises in spoken and written German designed to increase accuracy, and freedom and facility of expression. Topics of contemporary interest will be selected for presentation and discussion.
Prerequisite: GRM 204 Intermediate German II
Meets general academic requirement W when offered as 302.

303, 304. Advanced German Conversation & Composition
Continuation of GRM 301, 302 German Conversation & Composition. Advanced exercises in spoken and written German, including the study of idiomatic expressions, review of persistent grammatical difficulties, and stylistic analysis.
Prerequisite: GRM 301, 302 German Conversation & Composition
Meets general academic requirement W when offered as 304.

310, 311. Business German
Designed to broaden the student’s command of oral and written German by emphasizing terms and expressions used in the German business environment.
Prerequisite: GRM 301, 302 German Conversation & Composition
Meets general academic requirement W when offered as 311.

220, 221. German Civilization*
Introduces students to major trends in the development of various aspects of German culture including literature, music, art, government, and economics from early times to the present. Emphasis on the last two centuries and on the German speaking areas (FRG, former GDR, Austria, Switzerland). Taught in English.
Meets general academic requirement H (and W which applies to 221 only).

251, 252. German Literature in Translation I*
Readings and discussion of selected masterpieces of German literature from the medieval period to the age of Naturalism. Concentration on major works of literature which have influenced the course of development of German literary history, thought and culture. Introduction to the terminology as well as the methods and techniques of literary analysis. Emphasis on the development of a sense of appreciation of literature as art. Taught in English.
Meets general academic requirement L (and W which applies to 252 only).

253, 254. German Literature in Translation II*
Readings and discussion of selected masterpieces of German literature from the age of Naturalism to the present. Concentration on major works of literature which have influenced the course of development of German literary history, thought and culture. Emphasis on genres, themes, traditions, reading sensitivity and personal response. Taught in English.
Meets general academic requirement L (and W which applies to 254 only).

* These courses contain an additional language component for students pursuing a degree in German Language and Literature. Those students will meet with the instructor for an additional session per week when the subject matter will be discussed in German.

313. German Drama in Translation
This course aims to give students a background in the literary history of German drama with an emphasis on significant plays written between the 1770s and the present. Major plays of the Enlightenment, Storm and Stress, Classicism, Naturalism, fin de siècle Vienna, Expressionism, the post-war period, and the present will be discussed in their literary and historical contexts.
Prerequisite: GRM 301, 302 German Conversation & Composition
Meets general academic requirement L.

316, 317. German Cinema
A survey of German films from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to contemporary works with special emphasis on the Golden Age of Weimar cinema and the so-called New German Cinema (Fassbinder, Herzog, Wenders, Sanders-Brahms and less well known directors). Through a close analysis of these films, the student will gain an understanding and appreciation of cinematic techniques as well as the cultural, social and political background which shaped these works. Taught in English.
Meets general academic requirement A or H (and W which applies to 317 only).

355, 356. The Faust Theme in Literature, Music & Art
Reading, analysis and discussion of selected major literary versions of the Faust theme, with comparative and contrastive excursions into its expression in the aesthetic modes of film, music and art. Taught in English.
Meets general academic requirement L (and W which applies to 356 only).

400. Introduction to German Literature
A chronological survey of German literature from its beginnings to the present with emphasis on its periodization. Introduction to literary terminology and to methods and techniques of literary analysis. Readings will include selections from prose, drama, and poetry. Taught in German. Required of all majors in German Language and Literature, who should roster this course first in the literature sequence, if possible. Offered in alternate years.
Prerequisite: GRM 301, 302 German Conversation & Composition
Meets general academic requirement L.

412. German Prose
A survey of German prose. Close readings and interpretations of selected Novellen and novels from Goethe to Grass. Taught in German. Alternates with GRM 413 German Drama and GRM 414 German Lyric Poetry. Offered every third year.
Prerequisite: GRM 301, 302 German Conversation & Composition
Meets general academic requirement L.

413. German Drama
A survey of German drama from Lessing to Handke. Close readings and interpretations of selected representative works. Taught in German. Offered every third year.
Prerequisite: GRM 301 or 302 German Conversation & Composition
Meets general academic requirement L.

414. German Lyric Poetry
A survey of German lyric poetry from the medieval period to the present. Close readings of texts by Goethe, Schiller, Heine, Mörike, Rilke and others. Taught in German. Alternates with GRM 412 German Prose and GRM 413 German Drama. Offered every third year.
Prerequisite: GRM 301, 302 German Conversation & Composition
Meets general academic requirement L.

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