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German Studies Minor

Foreign Languages & Literatures
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2016
  • Required credits in this minor: 12 to 32
  • Study abroad will be strongly encouraged, to be determined by student interest and focus, throughout the German-speaking world. Our program will work to facilitate the achievement of University of Minnesota system-wide goals, which call for 50 percent of students to participate in a study abroad experience.
The German studies minor complements any liberal arts degree. German has been the language of a major world culture for centuries and is the traditional language of science, medicine, philosophy, and the arts. As global commerce and communication become the norm, German studies provides a solid basis for careers in business, law, human services, and diplomacy. Taught in German, this program offers a solid foundation in the language.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Core (0-20 cr)
Students with previous language study may be exempt from some core requirements and should consult the department about placement.
GER 1101 - Beginning German I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
GER 1102 - Beginning German II [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
GER 1201 - Intermediate German I [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
GER 1202 - Intermediate German II [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
GER 2301 - Advanced German [LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
Electives (12 cr)
Most GER 3xxx level or above courses apply here. To enroll in these courses a student must have earned a grade of C or better in 2301, or be concurrently enrolled in 2301, or have instructor's consent. Select German courses beyond GER 2301. With advisor's consent, courses taken abroad may count toward the minor.
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· FST 3040 - GER 3040, Culture of Germany (4.0 cr)
· GER 3302 - Advanced Composition and Conversation [COMM & LAN] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3401 - Texts and Contexts in German Speaking World [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3403 - Page and Stage: German Theater and Performance [FINE ARTS] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3591 - Independent Study (1.0-4.0 cr)
· GER 3601 - German Studies I: Knights to Nationalisms [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3602 - German Studies II: From the Rise of the Reich to the Fall of the Wall [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 4095 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (1.0-4.0 cr)
· GER 4302 - German Women Writers and Filmmakers [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 4305 - German Cinema [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 4404 - Contemporary Germany [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· GER 4502 - German Modernisms: From Vienna to Berlin [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· GER 4591 - Independent Study (1.0-4.0 cr)
 
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GER 1101 - Beginning German I (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Communicative course for students with little or no previous study of German. Cultivation of the four modalities of language acquisition (speaking, listening, reading, writing). Development of intercultural competency. Taught primarily in German. prereq: Little or no prior formal study of this language, or instructor consent
GER 1102 - Beginning German II (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Communicative course for students with limited previous study of German. Cultivation of the four modalities of language acquisition (speaking, listening, reading, writing). Development of intervultural competency. Taught primarily in German. prereq: 1-2 years high school german or 1101 or instructor consent
GER 1201 - Intermediate German I (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Consolidation and enrichment of previously acquired abilities in four modalities (speaking, listening, reading, writing), set within contemporary culture of German-speaking societies. Further development of intercultural competency. Taught in German. prereq: 3-4 years high school german or 1102 or instructor consent
GER 1202 - Intermediate German II (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Consolidation and enrichment of previously acquired abilities in four modalities (speaking, listening, reading, writing), set within contemporary culture of German-speaking societies. Further development of intercultural competency. Taught in German. prereq: 4 years high school german or 1201 or instructor consent
GER 2301 - Advanced German (LE CAT3, LEIP CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of German literacy within a culturally authentic contemporary context. Emphasis on practical writing and formal oral and aural communication skills; vocabulary building; enhancement of reading skills; review of key grammar. Taught in German. prereq: 5 years high school german or 1202 or instructor consent
FST 3040 - GER 3040, Culture of Germany
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02246 - FST 3040/GER 3040
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Taught on site in Germany. Study of German culture, both contemporary and past as it informs the present, on site in Germany. Conducted entirely in German, and all language skills will be inculcated and improved. Format will include seminar, discussions, field trips, and small group projects. prereq: GER 1202 or equivalent, admitted to an approved study abroad program, required consent from the International Education Office.
GER 3302 - Advanced Composition and Conversation (COMM & LAN)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Refines students' skills in oral and written expression within cultural context. Further emphasis on formal oral and aural communication skills: vocabulary building; enhancement of reading skills; advanced grammar. prereq: 2301
GER 3401 - Texts and Contexts in German Speaking World (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Techniques and tools for understanding and writing about German poetry, fiction, and drama both as literary texts and as cultural testimony. Emphasis on class discussion and writing. Taught in German. prereq: 2301 or instructor consent
GER 3403 - Page and Stage: German Theater and Performance (FINE ARTS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to basic theories of drama and performance, survey of major German dramatists and current stage practices in Germany. Emphasis on class discussion and interpretive reading in German, with critical essays in German. Taught in German. prereq: 2301 with a grade of C or higher or instructor consent
GER 3591 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Prerequisites: instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students develop and carry out reading and research programs in consultation with the instructor. prereq: instructor consent
GER 3601 - German Studies I: Knights to Nationalisms (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Introduces students to Germanic history, culture and literature from third century until 1848. Taught in German. prereq: 2301 with a grade of C or instructor consent
GER 3602 - German Studies II: From the Rise of the Reich to the Fall of the Wall (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Introduces students to the methods of German Studies, as well as to Germanic history, culture, and literature from the mid-19th to the 21st century. Topics may include: Germany as a nation state; National Socialist rise to power; the Weimar Republic; body culture; exile(s) and exile literature; the city as metropolis; women’s movements and women‘s rights; mass culture; the industrial revolution; education and education reforms; (N)Ostalgia, Wendeliteratur; terrorism; the establishment and influence of green party politics. Taught in German. Pre-req: 2301 with a grade of C or higher or instructor consent.
GER 4095 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Various topics in the language history and structure, literature, and culture of the German-speaking countries. prereq: 2301 with a grade of C or higher or instructor consent
GER 4302 - German Women Writers and Filmmakers (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Analysis of German written and visual texts and exploration of women's oppression within repressive political systems as well as Western democracies; women's exploration of their selves; and the question of whether there is a "female writing". Conducted in German. prereq: 2301 or instructor consent; no grad credit
GER 4305 - German Cinema (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An introduction to the history of German cinema and to film analysis with a focus on the relationship among German film, history, literature, culture, and politics. The course will examine representative works from various cinematic periods. Taught in German. prereq: 2301 with a grade of C or higher or instructor consent; no grad credit
GER 4404 - Contemporary Germany (HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Civilization, culture, and politics of Germany and German-speaking countries since 1945. Research term paper in German. prereq: 2301 with a grade of C or higher or equivalent or instructor consent; no grad credit
GER 4502 - German Modernisms: From Vienna to Berlin (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Focuses on the literature and culture of the two major centers in German modernisms: fin de sicle Vienna and Weimar Berlin. Both cities were the site of intellectual and aesthetic upheavals that challenged traditional notions of the subject, representation, class, gender, and technology. Examines major thinkers, writers, artists, and movements in German speaking areas between 1890 and 1933. Taught in German. prereq: 2301 with a grade of C or higher or instructor consent, no grad credit
GER 4591 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Prerequisites: instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Students develop and carry out reading and research programs in consultation with the instructor. prereq: instructor consent