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German Major Course Descriptions


GERMN 101- 102 Beginning German I and II (3, 3)
Introductory courses aim at developing basic communicative proficiency in German and offer insight into German-speaking culture. 

GERMN 201-202 Intermediate German I and II (3, 3)
These intermediate courses review material typically covered in a first-year German course. They aim at building student proficiency in all four language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing – and enhancing knowledge of the cultures of German-speaking people.
Prerequisite: GERMN 102 or equivalent.

GERMN 250 Study Tour: Selected Geographical Area (1-3)
Group cultural study tour in a particular geographical area in the German-speaking world. Students will enhance their general cultural knowledge of that region with a Mount professor. This course is conducted in English. May be repeated for credit.

GERMN 270 Study Abroad: Selected Geographical Area (3-12)
Individual or group study in a particular geographical area in the German-speaking world. Students will complete language skills courses at an approved foreign language institute or university equivalent to 200-level foreign language Mount courses. May be repeated for credit.

GERMN 301 German Composition (3)
Students learn to express themselves clearly and correctly in written German and gain insight into German-speaking culture. Prerequisite: GERMN 202 or equivalent.

GERMN 302 Advanced German Conversation (3)
Students learn to express themselves clearly and correctly when they speak German and to understand German spoken in a variety of contexts.
Prerequisite: GERMN 202 or equivalent. GERMN 301 is not a prerequisite for GERMN 302. This course is not open to native speakers of German.

GERMN 310 Business German (3)
This course acquaints students with the world of German business and economics and provides the student with German business language. The course continues to strengthen the students' understanding of German, especially the reading, writing, and speaking skills.
Prerequisite: GERMN 202 or equivalent.

GERMN 320 German Culture (3)
A study of the various historical or contemporary aspects of culture of Germany or Austria – art, music, cuisine, film, drama, religion and society.  Prerequisite: GERMN 202 or equivalent.

GERMN 330 Die Deutschen (3)
This course acquaints the student with German history and contemporary German society. Though the focus is Germany, Austria and Switzerland will also be discussed.
Prerequisite: GERMN 202 or equivalent.

GERMN 340 Topics in German Language/Translation (3)
The study of a particular aspect of the German language; for example, phonetics, business German, film, advanced translation, etc.
Prerequisite: GERMN 202 or equivalent.

GERMN 350 Introduction to German Literature I: Early German Literature (3)
The objective of this course is to provide students of advanced German with an overview of early German literature. The course materials and class activities will continue to strengthen and reinforce the students' command of German.
Prerequisite: GERMN 202 or equivalent.

GERMN 351 Introduction to German Literature II: Masterpieces of German Literature (3)
The objective of this course is to provide advanced students of German with an overview of German literary and nonliterary works.  The course materials and classroom activities will continue to strengthen and reinforce the student's command of German.
Prerequisite: GERMN 202 or equivalent.

GERMN 370 Study Abroad: Selected Geographical Area (3-12)
Individual or group study in a particular geographical area in the German-speaking world. Students will complete language skills courses at an approved foreign language institute or university equivalent to 300-level foreign language Mount courses. May be repeated for credit.

GERMN 398 Independent Study (1-3)
Supervised individual work in selected areas of German language, literature, or culture. Permission of the instructor, the department chair and the dean for academic affairs is required.

GERMN 400 Modern German Literature (3)
Selected works by major modern German-speaking writers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The texts, in German, will deal with the Post-World War II period.
Prerequisite: GERMN 202 or equivalent.

GERMN 410 Der deutsche Krimi (3)
The objective of this course is to introduce the advanced students of German to the German Krimi, or German detective and crime stories.  The course materials and classroom activities will continue to strengthen and reinforce the students' command of German.
Prerequisite: GERMN 202 or equivalent.        

GERMN 420 Troubled Visions: German Cinema (3)
The objective of this course is to study German cinema both as a unique medium and as a carrier of important cultural values. The course materials and classroom activities will continue to strengthen and reinforce the students' command of German.
Prerequisite: GERMN 202 or equivalent.

GERMN 460 Special Topics (3)
Study of some particular aspect of the German language, literature or culture.
Prerequisite: GERMN 202 or equivalent.

GERMN 470 Senior German Capstone Experience (1)
Through a review and reconsideration of significant cultural and literary readings studied throughout the major program, students will demonstrate in writing and speaking their ability to "read," the products of a culture, to synthesize its practices, and finally to interpret and reflect upon the perspectives of the target German-speaking cultures.
Prerequisite: Senior standing.

GERMN 475 Study Abroad: Selected Geographical Area (3-12 credits)
Individual or group study in a particular geographical area in the German-speaking world. Students will complete culture or literature courses at an approved foreign language institute or university equivalent to 400-level foreign language Mount courses. May be repeated for credit.

GERMN 480 Internship (credits to be determined)
An off-campus work experience that develops German language proficiencies. Permission of the instructor, the department chair and the dean for academic affairs is required.

 
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