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1001-2 First-Year Basic German (4-4) Gonglewski and Staff
  First part of beginning course in fundamentals of speaking, understanding, reading, and writing German. Prerequisite to Ger 1002: Ger 1001. Laboratory fee. (Academic year)
1003-4 Second-Year Basic German (4-4) Gonglewski and Staff
  Second half of beginning course in fundamentals of speaking, understanding, reading, and writing German. Prerequisite to Ger 1003: Ger 1002 or equivalent. Prerequisite to Ger 1004: Ger 1003. Laboratory fee. (Academic year)
1005-6 Intensive Basic German (8-8) Gonglewski and Staff
  Beginning intensive course in fundamentals of speaking, understanding, reading, and writing German (equivalent to Ger 1001-2 and 1003-1004). Recommended for majors. Prerequisite to Ger 1006: Ger 1002 or 1005 or equivalent. Laboratory fee. (Academic year)
2009-10 Intermediate German (3-3) Staff
  Practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing at the intermediate level. Prerequisite: Ger 1004 or 1006 or permission of instructor. (Academic year)
2091-92 Introduction to German Literature—in English (3-3) Stein and Staff
  Ger 2091: Survey of German literature 1700-1830, including the Enlightenment through Sturm und Drang, classicism, and romanticism. Ger 2092: Survey of German literature 1830-1950, including Young Germany through realism, naturalism, expressionism, and the literature of the Third Reich years (exile literature and inner emigration). (Academic year)
2101-2 Readings in Contemporary German (3-3) Staff
  Analysis of representative readings of expository prose from German newspapers, periodicals, and other publications. Prerequisite: for Ger 2101, Ger 1004 or 1006 or equivalent; for Ger 2102, Ger 2101. (Academic year)
2109-10 Introduction to German Studies (3-3) Stein and Staff
  An introduction to approaches, concepts, and analytical tools for study in the field, complemented by advanced practice in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Prerequisite: Ger 2010 or permission of instructor. (Academic year)
2111 Business German (3) Gonglewski
  Introductory course preparing students to function in business-related communicative situations, with an emphasis on language skills necessary for work in areas such as marketing and finance. Prerequisite: Ger 2010 or permission of instructor. (Spring)
2161-62 German Culture—in English (3-3) Stein and Staff
  The central problems, issues, and events that have shaped the development of German culture from antiquity to the present. Emphasis on products and processes of German culture in social, historical, and political contexts. (Academic year)
2165 20th-Century German Literature—in English (3) Stein and Staff
  Survey of the major trends in the works by modernist, exile, postwar, and contemporary German writers such as Kafka, Thomas Mann, Duerrenmatt, and Grass. (Fall)
3181 History of German Cinema—in English (3) Rollberg and Staff
  A detailed historical and cultural survey of German cinema from the first moving picture devices (1895) to the expressionistic classics of the 1920s and the collapse of the Nazi film industry in 1945. All films are subtitled.
3182 The Fairy Tale from the Grimms to Disney—in English (3) Stein
  Survey of the changing form, structure, and meaning of the fairy tale in its traditional contexts, modern transformations and critical interpretations, with readings by 19th-century European collectors and 20th-century critics.
3183 Berlin Before and After the Wall—in English (3) Stein
  The political, social, and cultural developments in Berlin from 1945 to the present through a reading of selected primary documents, historical analyses, and short literary texts.
3184 German Thought—in English (3) Staff
  An overview of German ideas about culture, religion, society, and politics from the 16th century to the present. Readings from such writers as Luther, Leibniz, Kant, Schiller, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Weber, Heidegger, Adorno, and Habermas.
3185 Literary Voices and the Fascist Experience—in English (3) Stein
  A survey of writers anticipating as well as reflecting on Germany’s plunge into the totalitarian abyss of fascist politics, including H. Mann, Kafka, Juenger, Brecht, Werfel, Thomas Mann, Lenz, Frisch, Duerrenmatt, and various forms of Holocaust poetry.
3186 German Women Writers of the 19th and 20th Centuries (3) Staff
  The changing literary and social roles of German women of the 19th and 20th centuries, examined through selected readings of women’s literary production and culture.
3187 German Cinema After 1945 (3) Stein
  The evolution of German cinema, from postwar examinations of the Nazi period through the social and political developments in the two German states. National and international influences; filmic treatments of the two German pasts since unification.
3188 The Lives of East Germans (3) Stein
  Consideration of what it meant to grow up and live in the German Democratic Republic and the changes and challenges to East German identity since unification. The course draws upon historical, political, and sociological studies as well as literary and filmic representations of East German experience. 
  German courses in the 4170s have a prerequisite of Ger 2109 or 2110.
4171 The Age of Goethe—in German (3) Staff
  Readings of major works of Weimar classicism in their historical and cultural context.
4172 From Romanticism to Realism—in German (3) Stein and Staff
  Readings in German romanticism, literature of the “young Germany” movement (Heine), and realism (Fontane, Storm).
4173 From Naturalism to Expressionism—in German (3) Stein
  Study of various literary movements between 1880 and 1914: naturalism, impressionism, symbolism, and expressionism (Hauptmann, Hesse, Thomas Mann, Kafka).
4174 Inside and Outside the Third Reich—in German (3) Stein
  Analysis of literary developments inside the Nazi state (propaganda literature, literature of resistance, and inner immigration) and the literature of exile (Seghers, Remarque).
4175 Literature of Two Germanies—in German (3) Stein
  Evolution of East and West German literatures after World War II, their separate developments and ultimate unification.
4176 Contemporary German Literature (3) Stein
  Analysis of works by former East and West German writers after unification as well as the generation of young German writers, who came of age after or around the time of unification. Emphasis on memoirs, family narratives, essays, and films examining Germany’s transition from fascism and socialism to democracy.
4195 Special Topics (3) Staff
  May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs.
4197-98 Senior Honors Thesis (3-3) Staff
  Senior honors thesis on a topic related to German language, literature, or culture. Required of and open only to honors candidates in the department. (Academic year)

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