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German Studies B.A.

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Division of Humanities
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 40
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
This is an interdisciplinary program housed in the Division of the Humanities. The program is administered by the German studies coordinator and the chair of the Division of the Humanities. The German Studies curriculum includes the language, literature, film, linguistics, history, and culture of German-speaking countries and Germanic languages. The courses are designed to enhance students' understanding of their own language and culture through introduction to another. Our courses expand students' ability to think by giving them a new tool with which to do so. The courses are carefully sequenced to incrementally increase student aptitude in the one skill upon which everything else they could possibly do or study relies: language. Expansion of thought in any field of study requires the acquisition of new language. Learning the German language provides students with direct access to the world's fourth largest economy as well as the sister economies of the other German-speaking countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). Additionally students gain intimate knowledge of a linguistic tradition and culture that has produced innovation in almost every field of study pursued on campus, thereby benefiting students regardless of their main area of concentration. Objectives - Learning an entirely new linguistic idiom increases one's ability to think, and neurological studies have shown that it actually grows brain cells. Our primary goal is to enable students to become culturally competent. We have constructed the curriculum to increase students' confidence and social skills by capitalizing on their innate and extant ability to use language and by demonstrating to them that they can acquire another language, while also providing an understanding of language itself that will enable them to acquire further languages. The intellectual and practical skills enable students to gain a deeper understanding of the roles of individuals in society, as well as building upon their capacity for integrative learning. Our program aims to provide students with opportunities that will enable them to directly apply newly acquired linguistic abilities, cultural knowledge, and social skills in their chosen area of study through study abroad, internships, and professional exchanges. Study Abroad In light of today's increasingly interdependent world, the German faculty strongly encourages study abroad in combination with a German Studies major or minor, as a most effective means by which to: * improve language abilities * broaden academic horizons * globalize one's world view * expand career opportunities Study in Austria and Germany - The University is affiliated with exchange programs in Berlin and Freiburg for both one- and two-semester stays. There are also possibilities for study at many other German, Austrian, and Swiss universities. Language prerequisites vary for each program. Through the Academic Center for Enrichment, students may explore further opportunities.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the general education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to take 2 semester(s) of German.
Elective plans must be designed to ensure that there is sufficient depth of coverage in the chosen German studies electives. For many students, a double-major (or minor) in a closely related disciplinary major is desirable. For some majors, electives can be selected in such a way that many of the courses in a coherent German studies elective plan also count toward the second major. An advising sheet for recommended course combinations and areas of focus will be available to students and faculty involved. In addition to the requirements for the major, students are encouraged to complete at least one year of instruction in another foreign language. No grades below C- are allowed. Courses may not be taken S-N unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the major to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
GER 2001 - Intermediate German I [IP] (4.0 cr)
GER 2002 - Intermediate German II [IP] (4.0 cr)
GER 3002 - Introduction to the Linguistic Analysis of German [IP] (4.0 cr)
GER 3333 - Advanced German Grammar [IP] (4.0 cr)
GER 4101 - History of the German Language [HIST] (4.0 cr)
GER 3101 - Introduction to German Literature and Culture I [HUM] (4.0 cr)
or GER 3102 - Introduction to German Literature and Culture II [HUM] (4.0 cr)
GER 4001 - German Civilization I: From the Stone Age to 1871 [HIST] (4.0 cr)
or GER 4002 - German Civilization II: From 1871 to the Present [HIST] (4.0 cr)
Selection of Elective Courses
Other elective courses, not listed below, may be appropriate to add depth and provide more theoretical context for the German studies coursework (requires written approval of the course instructor and the program coordinator). Elective credits must be from upper division (3xxx or 4xxx) courses and 4 or more upper division elective credits must be either in German courses or in courses where some work is done in German (3xxx-4xxx German or Partial German Electives).
Elective Courses
Courses listed under the "3xxx-4xxx German and Partial German Electives" heading that are outside of the German discipline (e.g., HIST 3209) require written approval of the course instructor and the program coordinator prior to registration.
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
3xxx-4xxx German and Partial German Electives
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ARTH 3132 - Castles and Cathedrals [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3444 - Holocaust Literature and Film [IP] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3041 - New German Cinema [IP] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3201 - Periods: German Classicism [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3202 - Periods: German Romanticism [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3203 - Periods: German Modernism [IP] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3601 - Studies in German Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3611 - Austrian Studies [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3101 - Renaissance and Reformation [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3204 - Nazi Germany [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3209 - Modern Germany [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· German-related Content Electives
Exclusive of those used above
Take at most 8 credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 4004 - Research Seminar: Old English Literature and Language (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3101 - Renaissance and Reformation [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3204 - Nazi Germany [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3209 - Modern Germany [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 4002 - Existentialism [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· Supplemental Electives
Take at most 4 credit(s) from the following:
· ARTH 3201 - 19th-Century European Art through Post-Impressionism [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3211 - Early Modernist Art: Symbolism to Surrealism [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3021 - Grammar and Language [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3411 - Critical Approaches to Literature (4.0 cr)
· MUS 3101 - Core Studies III: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Music [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· MUS 3102 - Core Studies III: Classical, Romantic, and 20th-Century Music [FA] (4.0 cr)
 
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GER 2001 - Intermediate German I (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1002 or placement or #
Typically offered: Every Fall
The skills of listening, reading, and writing are enhanced through grammar review while exploring several different cities in German-speaking lands and their history and cultural heritage. Course improves students' listening, speaking and writing abilities through guided readings including assignments on the internet relevant to topics such as geography, history, and culture. prereq: 1002 or placement or instr consent
GER 2002 - Intermediate German II (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2001 or #
Typically offered: Every Spring
Builds on existing German skills by exploring several different cities in German-speaking lands along with their history and cultural heritage. The course further improves students listening, speaking and writing abilities through grammar review and guided readings including assignments on the internet relevant to topics such as geography, history, and culture. prereq: 2001 or instr consent
GER 3002 - Introduction to the Linguistic Analysis of German (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 3001 or equiv
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
This course will provide an introduction to the linguistic analysis of German. In addition to examining the German language from the perspective of linguistic theory, students will be introduced to a variety of different theories of language and linguistic frameworks. [Note: knowledge of German is required] prereq: 3001 or equiv
GER 3333 - Advanced German Grammar (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2002 or #; may enroll concurrently with 3101
Typically offered: Every Fall
Reinforce and review the entirety of German Grammar at an advanced level to competently approach reading and writing assignments in advanced German courses while gaining a detailed knowledge of grammar. prereq: 2002 or instr consent; may enroll concurrently with 3101
GER 4101 - History of the German Language (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1001 or equiv
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
A linguistic history of the German language from its Proto-Indo-European roots to the present day. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the historical origins of modern structures, leading to a deeper understanding of Modern German. Taught in English. Some knowledge of German required.(German majors must turn in written work in German.) prereq: 1001 or equiv
GER 3101 - Introduction to German Literature and Culture I (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2002 or #; may enroll concurrently with 3001
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduces German culture through a variety of texts and media (music, film, etc.) throughout all periods of German literature with the aim of building reading, writing, and listening skills. Ideally taken together with Ger 3001. prereq: 2002 or instr consent; may enroll concurrently with 3001
GER 3102 - Introduction to German Literature and Culture II (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 3101 or #
Typically offered: Every Spring
Builds on 3101 and introduces German culture through a variety of texts and media (music, film etc.) throughout all periods of German Literature with the aim of building reading, writing and listening skills. prereq: 3101 or instr consent
GER 4001 - German Civilization I: From the Stone Age to 1871 (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 3001 or equiv
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
This course facilitates effective engagement with the history and culture of German-speaking countries and Europe throughout the 19th century. This is a lecture style course taught entirely in German to improve listening, speaking, and writing abilities as well as to prepare for a study abroad experience. prereq: 3001 or equiv
GER 4002 - German Civilization II: From 1871 to the Present (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 3001 or equiv
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
This course facilitates effective engagement with the history and culture of the German-speaking countries and Europe from the late 19th century to the present. This is a lecture style course entirely in German that improves listening, speaking, and writing abilities and prepares students for a study abroad experience. prereq: 3001 or equiv
ARTH 3132 - Castles and Cathedrals (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
An investigation of the two major forms of architectural construction in the Middle Ages. Exploration of the development of the cathedral and castle as architectural forms and examination of the circumstances surrounding their evolution through the medieval period. Examples are drawn from continental Europe, the British Isles, and the Levant. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ENGL 3444 - Holocaust Literature and Film (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Survey of Holocaust literature and film, focusing on works that clarify the political ideology that led so many to participate in the murder of two-thirds of Europe's Jews and that articulated what Jews suffered during the Nazi era. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv
GER 3041 - New German Cinema (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 3011
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Traces the development of New German Cinema, which began in the 1960s, and continues in the post-unification period. Introduction to films by both East and West German directors who define this national cinema; the cultural, political, and economic context of its production; reference to theories and critiques to provide an overview of German film and culture of the period. Film presentations are in German with English subtitles. Readings and lectures are in English. Final papers are either in German (for German credit) or English (for Humanities credit). prereq: 3011
GER 3201 - Periods: German Classicism (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Readings in aesthetic theory and exemplary works by writers of the period. Texts by Goethe and Schiller are read and analyzed in conjunction with opera librettos based on their works. Modern films and videos of theater performances supplement the readings. prereq: 3101, 3102 or instr consent
GER 3202 - Periods: German Romanticism (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Readings in Romantic theory and works by important authors of the period: Wackenroder, Tieck, Novalis, Eichendorff, and E.T.A. Hoffmann. Other art forms, such as music and painting, supplement the literary discussions. prereq: 3101, 3102 or instr consent
GER 3203 - Periods: German Modernism (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Explores the culture of German-speaking countries around the turn of the 20th century (1890-1933) through literature, music, and the visual arts, especially as manifested in Symbolism, Secession (Art Nouveau), Expressionism, Dada, and New Objectivity. prereq: 3101, 3102 or instr consent
GER 3601 - Studies in German Literature (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Selected readings in German reflecting modern literary trends. The course examines the cultural politics in the evolvement of the literature in the formerly divided Germany, using plays, novels, biography, and documentary reports. It deals with questions of literary theory, history, and socio-political structures. prereq: 3011
GER 3611 - Austrian Studies (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Selected readings in Austrian Literature from 1875 to 1925, including Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Rainer Maria Rilke, Arthur Schnitzler, and Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Historical background for the period through Brigitte Hamann's biography of Empress Elisabeth and/or Rudolph von Habsburg, the modern musical "Elisabeth," as well as the operetta "Die Fledermaus" and Istvan Szabo's film "Oberst Redl." prereq: 3011 or instr consent
HIST 3101 - Renaissance and Reformation (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Examination of western European history and historiography between 1350 and 1600 with emphasis on cultural "renaissances" and religious "reformations."
HIST 3204 - Nazi Germany (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
History of Nazi Germany. Social and political origins, Nazi rule in the 1930s, the "final solution," World War II, and Germany's attempt to assess this era in its history.
HIST 3209 - Modern Germany (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Examination of German history from the development of German national ideas through unification and consolidation of the modern German state in 1871 and through its re-unification at the end of the 20th century. Examines one of the most fascinating and tumultuous periods in German and European history, why the attempt to understand the German past has occupied so many historians, and why the debates surrounding that attempt have been so contentious. Sources include writings by established historians of Germany, novels, films, and music.
ENGL 4004 - Research Seminar: Old English Literature and Language
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: two from 31xx-35xx, #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Prose and poetry of early medieval England (650-1100) in translation and in Old English (which is studied), with attention to material (manuscripts) and cultural contexts and to reception history. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
HIST 3101 - Renaissance and Reformation (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Examination of western European history and historiography between 1350 and 1600 with emphasis on cultural "renaissances" and religious "reformations."
HIST 3204 - Nazi Germany (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
History of Nazi Germany. Social and political origins, Nazi rule in the 1930s, the "final solution," World War II, and Germany's attempt to assess this era in its history.
HIST 3209 - Modern Germany (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Examination of German history from the development of German national ideas through unification and consolidation of the modern German state in 1871 and through its re-unification at the end of the 20th century. Examines one of the most fascinating and tumultuous periods in German and European history, why the attempt to understand the German past has occupied so many historians, and why the debates surrounding that attempt have been so contentious. Sources include writings by established historians of Germany, novels, films, and music.
PHIL 4002 - Existentialism (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examination of some prominent thinkers often classified as "existentialists": Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche, Sartre, and Camus. Topics include what human freedom is, what makes a life authentic (or inauthentic), what role passion and choice should play in acquiring our beliefs and values, and what difference (if any) God's existence or non-existence makes on the significance of our lives. prereq: any 1xxx or 2xxx or instr consent
ARTH 3201 - 19th-Century European Art through Post-Impressionism (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Survey of major movements from Neoclassicism through Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism to Post-Impressionism. Attention is given to iconographical and formal analysis as well as to the social conditions in which artists lived and worked. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3211 - Early Modernist Art: Symbolism to Surrealism (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Survey of the major early modernist movements from Symbolism through Cubism, Futurism, Expressionism, Constructivism, De Stijl, and the Bauhaus to Surrealism. Attention is given to theories of modern art as well as to formal and iconographical analyses and to the social conditions in which modern art was created and experienced. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ENGL 3021 - Grammar and Language (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Study of the English language. Historical development and current structure. Includes language variation and change, social history of language, phonology, syntax, semantics, development of English grammar, prescriptive versus descriptive grammar, and contemporary theories of grammar.
ENGL 3411 - Critical Approaches to Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
An introduction to the major schools of literary theory and cultural analysis; particular attention to the ways in which the dialogue and debate between these approaches define the discipline of literary criticism. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
MUS 3101 - Core Studies III: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Music (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Historical development of Western music and representative literature of the various periods and styles. prereq: 1102, major or minor or instr consent
MUS 3102 - Core Studies III: Classical, Romantic, and 20th-Century Music (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Historical development of Western music and representative literature of the various periods and styles. prereq: 1102, major or minor or instr consent