German Undergraduate Spring Courses

Spring 2023 Tentative Class Descriptions

GER 3. Elementary German.

Continuation of German 2.

GER 6. Intermediate German. 

Continuation of German 5.


GER 43A/ C LIT 43A. Dreaming Revolutions: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud


Introduction to the revolutionary theories of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud. Explorations of three authors whose writing has profoundly changed our world.. 


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 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 115C. Survey of German Literature

Elisabeth Weber

Survey of the literary movements of the nineteenth century. Taught in German


German 152: Digital Humanities Practice

Fabian Offert

In the 21st century, scholars have increasingly turned to computational methods for the analysis of large corpora of art and literature. While early methods of "distant reading" and "distant viewing" could be realized with off-the-shelf software, contemporary research in the digital humanities requires technical skills beyond ready-made tools. This course provides an introduction to computer programming for the humanities, including, but not limited to concepts from natural language processing, computer vision, and machine learning.


German 185: Science and Technology in European Philosophy

Christina Vagt

Introduces various positions from the history and present of European philosophy that speak to questions of science and technology. Readings may include Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger, Arendt, Bachelard, Koyré, Caillois, Foucault, Canguilhem, Blumenberg, Serres, Malabou, Stiegler. Topics may include: machine theories, cybernetics, structuralism in science, techniques of simulation, artificial intelligence.


GER 190. Proseminar.

Elisabeth Weber

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