Course Catalog

All courses offered by the German Studies program focus on the development of students’ proficiency in understanding, speaking, and writing of German. In addition, both the introductory and intermediate language courses as well as the upper-intermediate and advanced courses on German culture, history, and literature enable students to acquire critical literacies for studying, describing, and analyzing the discourses and productions of the German-speaking cultures in its varying social, political, and historical contexts. A strong emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches provides students with many opportunities to make connections between German and other disciplines and programs of study.  

German Studies Courses

GER-101 ELEMENTARY GERMAN I (4)
Emphasis on speaking and understanding spoken German, with a solid basis of grammar. Reading and discussion of simple texts. All students with one or more years of German in high school are required to take the placement test.

GER-102 ELEMENTARY GERMAN II (4)
Continuation of GER-101. All students with one or more years of German in high school are required to take the placement test.
Prerequisite: GER-101 or equivalent

GER-200 INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN CULTURAL STUDIES (4)
This course introduces students to theories and methods that facilitate an interdisciplinary approach to German cultural texts, ranging from literature to music and to visual arts. Taught in English.

GER-201 INTERMEDIATE GERMAN I (4)
Practice in spoken German, accompanied by grammar review. Reading and discussion of literary texts. All students with one or more years of German in high school are required to take the placement test.
Prerequisite: GER-102 or equivalent

GER-202 INTERMEDIATE GERMAN II (4)
Continuation of GER-201. All students with one or more years of German in high school are required to take the placement test.
Prerequisite: GER-201 or equivalent

GER-203 AGNES SCOTT IN GERMANY (2)
Course prepares student for 2-week faculty led trip to Germany in May.
Prerequisite: GER-102

GER-210 COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION (4)
Practical course designed to develop fluency in writing German. Emphasis on composition in various styles and registers.
Prerequisite: GER-202

GER-211 CONVERSATION (2)
Theoretical and practical aspects of German pronunciation with intensive drills. Does not fulfill the language requirement for the international relations major.
Prerequisite: GER-102

GER-222 DEVELOPMENTS IN GERMAN LITERATURE (4)
Course introduces students to crucial periods, genres, and authors from ca. 1800 to the present. Prerequisite to all 300-level literature courses.
Prerequisite: GER-202

GER-324 ADVANCED GERMAN LANGUAGE STUDY (4)
Emphasis on stylistics, composition styles and vocabulary building working with contemporary text materials.
Prerequisite: GER-210 or permission of program director

GER-330 TOPICS IN GERMAN FILM (4)
Survey of selected historical, formal, and aesthetic developments in German cinema from silent films to the present, including topics such as mountain films, propaganda and feature films of the National Socialist period, and auteur films. Taught in English. May retake for credit with permission of the department.

GER-340 AFRO-GERMAN HISTORY, LITERATURE, AND CULTURE (4)
This English-language course focuses on the history, literature and culture of people of African descent who either have lived or live in German-speaking countries and/or have contributed to the culture of these countries. By drawing on literary texts, historiographical works, films, music, and theater, the course offers students a new understanding of German history and culture based on recent interdisciplinary research in German studies. Moreover, when offered in an online format, the course will enable students to become familiar with the unique research and presentation methods offered by the Internet.
Prerequisite: GER-202 or permission of the program director
(Cross-listed with AS-340)

GER-351 TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY GERMAN LIFE AND THOUGHT (4)
This course investigates the memory of the Holocaust and its impact on postwar German politics, society, and culture through a series of memoirs and autobiographies.
Prerequisite: GER-210
(Cross-listed with WS-351 when topic applies)

GER-360 ADVANCED GERMAN LITERATURE (4)
Students engage in-depth with a specific literary period, author, or genre in the literature of the German-speaking cultures.
Prerequisite: GER-222

GER-410 DIRECTED READING (1-4)
Directed reading courses are open to qualified juniors and seniors to pursue reading outside a program's listed courses. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

GER-440 DIRECTED RESEARCH (1-4)
Directed research courses are open to junior and senior majors to work with a faculty member on a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

GER-450 INTERNSHIP (1-4)
Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.

GER-480 ADVANCED TOPICS IN GERMAN CULTURAL STUDIES (4)
Senior course in the German Studies major. Course provides an in-depth focus on a particular topic and prepares students for the final project in the German Studies major.
Prerequisites: Completion of all 300-level courses required for the major.

GER-490 SENIOR THESIS (4)
A senior thesis gives superior students the opportunity to write a thesis about a project related to particular field of intellectual or artistic interest. Please see the Special Curricular Opportunities section for more information.