College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Germanic Degrees

B.A. Major in German Studies

Hours required: 30

Required courses

After completion of German 202: Intermediate German II, students will need to complete 16 credits as follows:

GERM 301 High Intermediate German I
Continuation of GERM 202. Further development of students' use of German through reading and discussion of literary and non-literary texts (spoken, written, multimedia, combined with intensive grammar review. Introduction to expressive functions of German with emphasis on spoken and written communication. Not open to native speakers of German. Students who complete this course successfully should take GERM 302. Prerequisite: GERM 202 or placement by examination. LEC.
GERM 302 High Intermediate German II
Continuation of GERM 301. Refinement and expansion of students' use of German. Reading and discussion in German of literary and non-literary texts (spoken, written, multimedia), combined with continued intensive grammar review. E mphasis on better understanding German grammatical structures and acquisition of vocabulary. Not open to native speakers of German. Students who complete this course successfully should take GERM 401. Prerequisite: GERM 301 or placement by examination. LEC.
Spring 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Meyertholen, Andrea
MWF 01:00-01:50 PM WES 1049 - LAWRENCE
3 61681
LEC Meyertholen, Andrea
MWF 02:00-02:50 PM WES 1049 - LAWRENCE
3 70076
GERM 315 German Literature and the Modern Era
Introduction in English to German writers 1750-present. Discussion of themes such as technology, modern and postmodern developments, gender, war, politics, and culture in German-speaking Europe. Readings include works in translation by influential German writers. Open to first-year students and non-majors. GERM 315 is required for admission to all courses beyond GERM 402 except GERM 462. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

GERM 401 Advanced German I
Continuation of GERM 302. Expansion and refinement of proficiency in German (speaking, listening, reading, writing), increased understanding of German grammatical structures, development of a more sophisticated vocabulary, and introduction to stylistics through discussion and analysis of literary and nonliterary texts. Students successfully completing GERM 401 may take all other GERM courses at the 400 and 500 levels. Prerequisite: GERM 302. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2019 semester.

GERM 580 Senior Capstone Course: German-Speaking Europe Today
Focus on synthesizing students' knowledge of the history, culture, and politics of German-speaking Europe 1945-present. Consideration of scholarly articles, journalism, essays, literary texts, film, and the arts on topics including cultural identity in post-unified Germany; European integration; current debates and controversies; political parties and leading political figures; role of literature, film, music, visual arts, media, and popular culture; role of universities. Required of all German majors in senior year. Prerequisite: GERM 315, GERM 401, and senior standing. LEC.
Spring 2019
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Linden, Ari
TuTh 02:30-03:45 PM WES 1015 - LAWRENCE
3 69252

GERM 315 and GERM 316 must be completed before students can take a course beyond GERM 402 (except GERM 444 and GERM 462).

Admission to 400- and 500-level courses after GERM 402 (except GERM 444 and GERM 462) without completion of GERM 315 and GERM 316 is with permission of the Undergraduate Advisor only.

Elective courses

A minimum of 14 credit hours at the 300, 400, and 500 levels must be completed beyond the required courses. 12 of these credit hours must be at the 400 or 500 level. In exceptional cases, undergraduates may take courses at the 600 level with permission of the Undergraduate Advisor and the instructor.

With permission of the Undergraduate Advisor, 6 credit hours at the 300, 400, or 500 levels may be counted toward the major by completing two approved courses offered by other departments with significant content related to German-speaking Europe. A 600-level course may be counted with approval of the Undergraduate Advisor.

Residency Requirement

At least 15 hours of coursework at the 300, 400, and 500 levels, including the senior capstone course, GERM 580, must be completed in residence at KU. Credits earned while studying abroad in KU programs are resident KU credits.


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