German Undergraduate Spring Courses

Spring 2022 Tentative Class Descriptions

GER 2G. German for Graduate Students.

Gisela Kommerell

Course is a continuation of German 1G, using the same approach, with reading texts on a more complex level. 

GER 3. Elementary German.

Continuation of German 2.

GER 6. Intermediate German. 

Continuation of German 5.

GER 101C. Advanced German. 

Kelsey White

Speaking, listening, reading, and writing on an advanced level, while exploring contemporary German culture. Systematic review of grammar material. Additional focus on vocabulary building. Written and oral discussions based on newspaper articles, literary texts, German films, and websites. Topics will vary by quarter. 

GER 105C. Advanced German Conversation.

Gisela Kommerell

Emphasizes interactional strategies needed for communication in German, while also giving intermediate and advanced students the opportunity to discuss a wide variety of topics. Not open to students with native fluency in German.

GER 114. Business German

Michael Hofmann

German is a key language in the European Union and the developing economies of Central and Eastern Europe. Speaking German greatly improves chances of success in today's global economy. Course is an introduction to the language typically used in business settings within German-speaking countries. It will better prepare students for business-related situations and will provide them a clearer understanding of German corporate culture by covering topics such as the application process, Emails, phone conversations, meetings, business trips.

GER 177A. Law, Rights, and Justice

Wolf Kittler

Focused on the question of justice, this course will cover a wide variety of topics ranging from the detective novel, and literary texts inspired by criminal cases, to legal philosophy, human rights, and international law. Source materials may include a few documents from Greek and Roman Antiquity as well as passages from the bible, but the emphasis is on German literary, legal, and philosophical texts from the eighteenth century to the present. Taught in German.

GER 179C/ C LIT 179C. Mediatechnology.

Wolf Kittler

Telegraph, telephone, phonograph, and film are techniques that have engendered new forms of representation, communication, and thinking. Course studies the impact of these transformations in literature and on literature. Taught in English.

GER 190. Proseminar.

Christina Vagt

Intensive advanced seminar on topic to be determined on a quarterly basis. Taught in German.