German Major

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Department Faculty

The German Program

The German major leads of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Foreign Languages. Through courses in German, students gain linguistic proficiency, as well as understanding of the literatures and cultures of the German- speaking world. Electronic resources are used extensively to supplement classroom instruction. Upper-level classes are conducted in German.

Double majors are possible, and non majors may also take advantage of the language program. The resident program director of this area is a native speaker of German and sponsors various inter-cultural programs.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures cooperates with a variety of overseas study programs, advises and encourages students wishing to study abroad, and helps in planning their foreign study programs. Credits can be accepted from abroad to fulfill major requirements. UMW offers programs in German-speaking countries of varying lengths, making it possible for students to study during spring break, summer or for a semester or year there.

Graduates in German may pursue careers in government or in private fields in which the knowledge of this language and culture is essential, including interpreting, translating, research, social services, education, or international business.

Requirements for the German Major

Thirty-two (32) credits in German including GERM 311; at least two courses chosen from GERM 393, 394, and 395; and additional German courses at the 300- or 400-level and IDIS 350M.

German Course Offerings

German course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of GERM in the course listing.

101, 102 – Beginning German (3, 3)

Grammar, emphasis on gaining rapid comprehension and developing fluency in spoken German. Introduction to reading German. Learning to write German. Students with credit for a higher level course in German may not take this course.

105 – Intensive Beginning German (6)

This intensive beginner’s course introduces students to the German language and emphasizes all for language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.  Information on German life and culture is also incorporated into the process. After the second semester of this course students will be able to communicate on the Novice High level.  Summer only.

201, 202 – Intermediate German (3, 3)

Prerequisites: GERM 102 or equivalent for 201; GERM 201 or equivalent for 202. Grammar review, concentration on reading for comprehension. Honing of oral skills and writing German. Readings in GERM 202 focus on global issues. Students with credit for a higher level course in German may not take this course.

205 – Intensive Intermediate German (6)

Prerequisite: GERM 102, 105 or equivalent.  This intermediate course will continue to emphasize all four skills in German: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.  Information on German life and culture is also incorporated into the process.  After the second semester of this intermediate course students should be able to communicate on the Intermediate Mid level.  Students who have taken GERM 201 are not eligible for this class.  Summer only.

301 – Study Abroad Reflection (1)

Prerequisite: GERM 202 or equivalent. A reflection course for students of German to complete after returning from an approved study abroad program in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland.

311 – Introduction to German Literature (4)

Prerequisite: GERM 202 or equivalent. Emphasizes texts from the 19th and 20th centuries. Close attention paid to form, content, motifs, character analysis, and social and cultural background.

313 – Business German (4)

Prerequisite: GERM 393 or equivalent This course provides students with the basic communicative skills in the German language as used in German business and economics. It introduces students to the economic role of the German-speaking countries in the global economy. Topics include German economic geography, German business and economics terminology in finance, the social welfare system, transport system, the structure of corporations, and the code of behavior in the business world. Students will develop their skills in listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking, and writing.

317 – German Civilization (4)

Recommendations: two German 300-level courses. Survey of the culture and civilization of the German-speaking areas, with emphasis on Germany.

385, 386 – German Literature of the Twentieth Century (4, 4)

Recommendations: two German 300-level courses. Representative authors such as Hofmannsthal, Mann, Kafka, Brecht, Böll, Frisch, Grass, Handke, Bachmann, Wolf, Arjouni.

393, 394, 395 – Advanced Grammar, Conversation, Composition (4, 4, 4)

Prerequisites: GERM 202 must be completed before starting this sequence. GERM 394 is a prerequisite for 395. Intensive written and oral language practice. Designed to expand the student’s active vocabulary and help the student develop his or her own style. Emphasis on global issues in 394 and 395.

485 – Seminar in German (4)

Prerequisites: two German 300-level courses. Selected topics in German literature, German cultural studies, or Germanic linguistics.

491, 492 – Individual Study (1-6, 1-6)

Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor.

499 – Internship (1-6)

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. Supervised off-campus experience developed in consultation with the department. No credit toward major.