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Austrian and Central European Studies Minor

German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Required credits in this minor: 16 to 36
The minor allows students to focus a group of electives on the study of Austrian and Central European culture, history, and society. Courses address specific social and political circumstances, cultural traditions, and shared history of Austria and other countries of Central Europe. The minor is supported by the Center for Austrian Studies, student exchange programs with universities in Vienna, Salzburg, and Graz, and visiting Austrian scholars sponsored by the Austrian-American Education Commission.
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.
Required prerequisites
Beginning and Intermediate German
These courses, or equivalent, must be taken in sequential order. In select cases, students with advanced proficiency may be exempt from taking some or all of these courses. See the departmental advisor for more information. Students who place above GER 1001 may take GER 1022 in place of GER 1001 and 1002.
Take 0 - 4 course(s) totaling 0 - 20 credit(s) from the following:
· GER 1001 - Beginning German (5.0 cr)
· GER 1002 - Beginning German (5.0 cr)
· GER 1022 - Beginning German Review (5.0 cr)
· GER 1003 - Intermediate German (5.0 cr)
· GER 1004 - Intermediate German (5.0 cr)
Minor Requirements
Students are required to complete 4 semester(s) of German. with a grade of C-, or better, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college. No more than one course counting towards the minor may be a directed study or independent research course. Any directed study or independent research course must be approved by the DUS. At least 1 upper-division course in the minor must be taken in the German program at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus. In the Austrian and Central European Studies minor, this does not include learning abroad courses taken for resident credit. Students with a German, Scandinavian, Dutch major may elect a minor in Austrian and Central European Studies (ACES), but no courses may count for both the major and the minor.
Core Courses
Take exactly 2 course(s) totaling exactly 7 credit(s) from the following:
· GER 3011W - Conversation and Composition [WI] (4.0 cr)
· GER 3520 - Topics in Austrian and Central European Culture (3.0 cr)
Art, Culture, and Literature Electives
Note: The following list is not exhaustive, and related upper-division and study abroad courses may count towards this requirement.
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· GSD 3511W - Vikings, Knights, and Reformers: German and European Culture and Controversies to 1700 [WI] (3.0 cr)
· GSD 3512W - Imagined Communities: German and European, Culture and Controversies, 1700 to Present [WI] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 3412W - Psychoanalysis [WI] (3.0 cr)
· Other course approved by DUS
History, Politics, and Society Electives
Note: The following list is not exhaustive, and related upper division and study abroad courses may count towards this requirement.
Take 1 or more course(s) totaling 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· HIST 3724 - War & Revolution in 20th Century Europe: The Question of Gender (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3746 - Game of Thrones: Emperors, Knights and Witches in Central Europe [HIS] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3729 - Nazi Germany and Hitler's Europe (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3729 - Nazi Germany and Hitler's Europe (3.0 cr)
· HSCI 3611 - Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Rise of Modern Science [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
or HSCI 5611 - Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Rise of Modern Science (3.0 cr)
· Other course approved by DUS
 
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GER 1001 - Beginning German
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01184 - Ger 1001/Ger 4001
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Emphasis on working toward novice-intermediate low proficiency in all four language modalities (listening, reading, speaking, writing). Topics include everyday subjects (shopping, directions, family, food, housing, etc.).
GER 1002 - Beginning German
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01185 - Ger 1002/Ger 4002
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Listening, reading, speaking, writing. Emphasizes proficiency. Topics include free-time activities, careers, and culture of German-speaking areas. prereq: 1001
GER 1022 - Beginning German Review
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Intended for students with previous experience in German, primarily those who have studied German in high school or at community colleges, or who are transfer students. Intensive review of all four language modalities (listening, reading, speaking, writing), with a proficiency emphasis to prepare for German 1003. prereq: Placement above 1001
GER 1003 - Intermediate German
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01186 - Ger 1003/Ger 4003
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Listening, reading, speaking, writing. Contextualized grammar/vocabulary. Authentic readings. Essay assignments. prereq: 1002 or Entrance Proficiency Test
GER 1004 - Intermediate German
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Listening, reading, speaking, writing. Contextualized grammar/vocabulary. Authentic readings. Essay assignments. prereq: 1003 or completion of Entrance Proficiency Test at 1004 level
GER 3011W - Conversation and Composition (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Achieving proficiency in professional or academic German. Refinement of oral/written expression. Review of important communicative modes of language. Wide range of topics to develop advanced level of proficiency. prereq: 1004
GER 3520 - Topics in Austrian and Central European Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Culture, politics, and economy in Austria and Central Europe. Comparative analysis of cultural/political developments. Topics vary. prereq: 3011
GSD 3511W - Vikings, Knights, and Reformers: German and European Culture and Controversies to 1700 (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of representative cultural-historical events in Europe (German-speaking countries, Scandinavian, the Netherlands) from early Germanic times to 1700.
GSD 3512W - Imagined Communities: German and European, Culture and Controversies, 1700 to Present (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of representative cultural-historical events in Europe (German-speaking countries, Scandinavian, the Netherlands) from 1700 to present.
CSCL 3412W - Psychoanalysis (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
The work of Sigmund Freud has withstood years of controversy to install itself as foundational to the way we understand the relationship between individual desires, social structures, and cultural practices. This is in part because Freud?s writings were not restricted to the domain of psychology. His writings also renewed grand philosophical questions in ways that dramatically transformed them. He asked: What is a human subject? What are the causes of her actions? What are the nature and motivations of her engagement with others? In the many decades since his early publications, Freud?s key concepts like the ego, the superego, the id, the unconscious, and the significance of dreams and jokes have had an enduring influence in Western culture. This course introduces students to a range of psychoanalytic writings from Freud?s early theories of mental structure and human development to contemporary applications, re-workings, and critiques of psychoanalysis. We will discuss concepts like the unconscious, sexuality, disavowal, repression, neurosis, melancholia, the pleasure principle and the death drive. By the end of the course, we will have developed a sense of the uses and limitations of psychoanalysis for understanding pressing global issues such as sexual identification and its formation, racism, neo-fascism, extreme political division, war and nationalism, climate change, and the destruction of democratic ideals. Authors read may include Melanie Klein, Franz Fanon, Jacques Lacan, Julia Kristeva, David Eng, Slavoj Zizek, Henry Stack Sullivan, Kalpana Sheshadri- Crooks and Margaret Mahler. Readings will be complemented with short stories, literary excerpts, film clips, as well as discussion of current political issues.
HIST 3724 - War & Revolution in 20th Century Europe: The Question of Gender
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
From WWI through break-up of Yugoslavia, involvement/reactions of European women to situations of war/revolution. Ways in which women contributed, resisted, or submitted. Impact of conflicts on women's lives. Gender, ideological gendering. Lecture, but emphasizes readings, presentations, and discussions.
HIST 3746 - Game of Thrones: Emperors, Knights and Witches in Central Europe (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
This course traces the rise and fortunes of the Habsburg family from their emergence in the late 13th century to the end of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806. We use the family to explore key themes of the period including the Black Death, Hussite wars and peasant revolts, the new print culture, developments of the Reformation, European expansion and Enlightenment culture. prereq: None
HIST 3729 - Nazi Germany and Hitler's Europe
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02182
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Comprehensive exploration of Third Reich. Students will examine How the Nazis came to power, transformations of 1930s, imposition of racial politics against Jews/others, nature of total war. Students read historical accounts, memoirs, state documents, view films.
JWST 3729 - Nazi Germany and Hitler's Europe
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02182 - Hist 3729/JwSt 3729
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Comprehensive exploration of Third Reich. How Nazis came to power, transformations of 1930s, imposition of racial politics against Jews/others, nature of total war. Historical accounts, memoirs, state documents, view films.
HSCI 3611 - Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Rise of Modern Science (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02072 - HSci 3611/HSci 5611
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Understanding the origins of our own culture of Modern Science in the Enlightenment of the eighteenth century. Newton's ambiguous legacy; science as wonder and spectacle; automata and monsters; early theories of sex and gender; empire and scientific expeditions; reshaping the environment; inventing human sciences; Frankenstein and the limits of science and reason.
HSCI 5611 - Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Rise of Modern Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02072 - HSci 3611/HSci 5611
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Understanding the origins of our own culture of Modern Science in the Enlightenment of the eighteenth century. Newton's ambiguous legacy; science as wonder and spectacle; automata and monsters; early theories of sex and gender; empire and scientific expeditions; reshaping the environment; inventing human sciences; Frankenstein and the limits of science and reason.