MaconCatalog : College of Liberal Arts and Sciences : ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS : GERMAN (GER)
 
GERMAN (GER)
J. Fernando Palacios, Chair/Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Edward J. Weintraut, Professor
 
Note: Beginning AY 2020-21, students may pursue a minor in German with permission of the department chair; the major will no longer be available to them.  
 
The German major, minor, and courses are offered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is affiliated with a study-abroad program in Germany. The prerequisite is either successful completion of 112 or consent of department faculty. Students study at the Speak and Write Institute in Marburg, Germany or the University of Bamberg. Variable credit up to 15 hours, up to 9 of which may count toward the major. No more than 6 credit hours may count toward the minor.
NOTE: GER 111, 112, 251, and 252 may be exempted by achieving a specific score on the German placement exam. Students who place into, and successfully complete, GER 251 or above will receive an additional 4 hours of credit toward graduation.
 
Major in German
29 semester credit hours minimum
GER 111. Beginning German I
GER 112. Beginning German II
GER 251. Intermediate German I
GER 252. Intermediate German II
Five or more GER courses numbered 300 or above, totaling at least 15 hours.
Successful completion of the Goethe-Zertifikat B1 examination
 
Majors may attain Departmental Honors in German by meeting the following requirements: (1) apply for admission to the program by the end of the spring semester of the junior year; (2) select a director from the department faculty; (3) attain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00; (4) attain a 3.75 grade point average in language courses; (5) enroll in GER 495; (6) complete a special project in language, literature, methodology, or other approved area; and (7) give a Departmental Honors presentation.
 
Minor in German
18 semester credit hours minimum
GER 111. Beginning German I
GER 112. Beginning German II
GER 251. Intermediate German I
GER 252. Intermediate German II
GER 311. Conversation and Composition
Two additional GER courses (6 hours) numbered 300 or above
 
GER 111-112. Beginning German I and II (4 hours each)
Prerequisite for GER 112: completion of GER 111, exemption from GER 111, or consent of instructor.
This course sequence is designed to help students cultivate a basic level of proficiency in all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening). By the end of this sequence, students should be able to communicate meaningfully with native speakers who are accustomed to dealing with non-native users of German. Emphasis is on basic needs in highly predictable, common everyday situations. (Every year)
GER 153S-253S-353S. German Studies Abroad (1-15 hours)
Prerequisites: GER 111 for GER 153S, GER 112 for GER 253S, GER 252 for GER 353S, or exemption from the listed prerequisite.
Study abroad with emphasis on one or more of the following areas: German language, literature, civilization, culture, and history. Under the direction of a faculty member and/or an on-site supervisor, students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least three on-site hours per week for every hour of credit. Nine hours may count toward the major or 6 toward the minor. (Occasionally)
GER 251-252. Intermediate German I and II (3 hours each)
Prerequisite: GER 112 or exemption.
This sequence is designed to help students enhance their proficiency in all four language skills. By the end of the sequence, students should be able to communicate meaningfully with sympathetic native speakers. Emphasis is on an increasing variety of interactive transactions in past, present, future, and hypothetical frames of reference, including those requiring expression of opinion, emotions, wishes, and reservations. (Every year)
GER 285. Intermediate Conversational Practice (1 hour)
Prerequisite: GER 251 or consent of instructor.
This course is designed for students who would like to maintain their proficiency in speaking and listening skills. Course content will include discussion of current topics from German-language newspapers, magazines, newsletters, videos, and films. One credit-hour per semester not to exceed four credit hours; does not count toward major or minor; mandatory S/U grading. (Occasionally)
GER 311. Conversation and Composition (3 hours)
Prerequisite: GER 252 or consent of instructor.
Continued enhancement and refinement of the four language skills leading to the ability to perform effectively and meaningfully in an increased variety of social situations. Introduction to discourse strategies in speaking (e.g., interrupting speaker, asserting one’s opinion, paraphrasing) and in writing (e.g., requesting information, applying for positions, refusing or accepting invitations). (Every year)
GER 321. Contemporary German Society and Culture (3 hours)
Prerequisite: GER 311 or consent of instructor.
Ongoing enhancement and refinement of skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Class discussion will focus on a variety of issues affecting contemporary German society and culture (e.g., political, economic, sociological, psychological, religious). (Every three years)
GER 351. German Literature, Culture, and Society I (3 hours)
Prerequisite: GER 311.
Ongoing enhancement and refinement of skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Class discussion will focus on excerpts from works written by authors such as Walther von der Vogelweide, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Martin Luther, Andreas Gryphius, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Johann Michael Lenz, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich von Schiller, Friedrich Hölderlin, and Immanuel Kant. (Occasionally)
GER 352. German Literature, Culture, and Society II (3 hours)
Prerequisite: GER 311.
Ongoing enhancement and refinement of skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Class discussion will focus on excerpts from works written by authors such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich von Schiller, Novalis, Joseph von Eichendorff, Heinrich Heine, Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche, Theodor Fontane, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Bertolt Brecht. (Every two years)
GER 353. German Literature, Culture, and Society III (3 hours)
Prerequisite: GER 311.
On-going enhancement and refinement of skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Class discussion will focus on works written by authors such as Bertolt Brecht, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Heinrich Boell, Günter Grass, Wolf Biermann, Christa Wolf, and Heiner Müller. Special emphasis on issues attending post-unification Germany and the perennial German Question. (Every two years)
GER 385. Special Topics in German: (Subtitle) (1-3 hours)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least one contact hour, or equivalent, per week for every hour of credit. May be repeated for major or minor credit. (Occasionally)
GER 411. Advanced Stylistics (2 hours)
Prerequisites: GER 311 and two courses in German literature, culture, and society.
This course is designed to help students refine their abilities in all four skills and discuss with greater sophistication a wide variety of complex topics pertaining to contemporary German. (Occasionally)
GER 425. Seminar: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
Prerequisites: GER 311; one course from literature, society, and culture grouping; and consent of instructor.
This course is designed to help students examine in depth a particular author, work, or issue in German literature, culture, or society. (Occasionally)
GER 480. Internship (1-15 hours)
Prerequisite: departmental approval.
A supervised program of field experience in which students make practical application of their skills in German in an approved establishment outside the University. The department as a whole must approve the student’s project, which will be directed by an instructor and an on-site supervisor. Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least three on-site hours per week for every hour of credit. No more than 3 hours may be counted toward a German major or minor. (Occasionally)
GER 485. Assistantship for German 111-112 (1 hour)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Selected German majors or minors serve as assistants in GER 111 or 112. Assistants attend 2-3 classes per week, study the assigned work, and help conduct classroom and lab activities. Assistants may review but will not evaluate students’ work. Other duties will be determined by the instructor in consultation with the assistant. In addition, the assistant will be required to complete a written reflection on the experience. Does not count toward the major or minor. Mandatory S/U grading. May be repeated. (Occasionally)
GER 490. Supervised Independent Study (1-3 hours)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
This course is designed to help students examine in depth a particular author, work, or issue in German language, literature, culture, or society. Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least one contact hour, or equivalent, per week for every hour of credit. May be repeated for major or minor credit. (Occasionally)
GER 495. Directed Independent Research (1-3 hours)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
This course is intended to provide students an opportunity to conduct supervised research in an area of their interest in German language, literature, or culture. It may be used to fulfill the course requirement for Departmental Honors. Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least one contact hour, or equivalent, per week for every hour of credit. May be repeated for major or minor credit. (Occasionally)