German Language Courses

The goals of first-year German are to help students to comprehend, speak, and write German with good accuracy about everyday topics such as university life, family and friends, food, health, or traveling.

The goals of second-year German are to expand on speaking German with fluency and accuracy, reading short authentic cultural and literary texts, and writing coherent, organized essays.

German 1: Elementary German
Beginning course in German. Students acquire the basic structure of the language, communicative skills, a limited general vocabulary, correct pronunciation, and an ability to read and understand simple cultural texts.

German 2: Elementary German
Prerequisite: German 1 with a grade of C or better.
Continuation of German 1.

German 3: Elementary German
Prerequisite: German 2 with a grade of C or better.
Continuation of German 2.

German 4: Intermediate German
Prerequisite: German 3 with a grade of C or better.
Continuation of German 3. Expansion and refinement of linguistic and communicative skills learned in Elementary German. Additional focus on vocabulary building. Written and oral discussions based on German films, songs, and short literary texts.

German 5: Intermediate German
Prerequisite: German 4 with a grade of C or better.
Continuation of German 4.

German 6: Intermediate German
Prerequisite: German 5 with a grade of C or better.
Continuation of German 5.

German 8 B-C: Beginning German Conversation
Prerequisites: German 2. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 4 units each. Discussion, 2 hours.
Course designed to offer beginning German language students communicative strategies needed by speakers and listeners in face-to-face interaction.

German 101 A-B-C: Advanced German
Prerequisite: German 6.
Speaking, listening, reading, and writing on an advanced level, while exploring contemporary German culture. Systematic review of grammar material. Written and oral discussions based on newspaper articles, literary texts, German films, and websites.

German 105 C: Intermediate and Advanced Conversation
Prerequisite: German 5 (German 6 may be taken concurrently). May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 4 units each. Discussion, 2 hours.
Emphasizes interactional strategies needed for communication in German, while also giving intermediate and advanced students the opportunity to discuss a wide variety of topics. In German.

German 106: Advanced Reading and Writing Skills
Prerequisite: German 6.
Focus on the development of advanced reading and writing skills in German. In particular, we will draw on a variety of authentic materials to develop students’ ability to analyze and produce a range of genres; enhance students’ awareness of pre-, during- and post-reading strategies and how to apply them to different styles of writing; improve use of strategies to help students become more autonomous readers/writers; and develop critical skills for reading, comprehending, and writing different types of texts.

German 107A: History of Culture
Prerequisite: German 6.
Careful and close readings from the cultural history of German speaking countries. Materials, which may be revised each academic year, include documents from literature, philosophy, art, music, architecture, science, politics, and law. Taught in German.

German 108: Germany Today: Media and Politics after 1989
Prerequisite: German 6.
In the wake of reunification, Germany has struggled to come to terms with its changing political identity and pressing cultural issues, including Germany's contested status as a "nation of immigrants," extremism, environmental problems, and government surveillance. A variety of media actively engage with these issues, particularly within youth culture. This course analyzes how established and emerging media (literature, music, television, film, video, blogs, etc) shape and respond to the challenges of the day. Taught in German.

German 190: Proseminar
Prerequisite: German 101 A,B,C. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 12 units, but only 4 units may be applied toward the major.
Intensive advanced seminar on topic to be determined on a quarterly basis. Taught in German.