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German Minor

German, Nordic, Slavic & Dutch
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Required credits in this minor: 16 to 36
The minor in German includes the study of the spoken language, as well as the literature, philology, and culture of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
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. Courses that are taught in English may be used for the minor if substantial work is done in German, as directed by the instructor of the courses or by the director of undergraduate studies. At least one upper division course in the minor must be taken at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus. In the German minor, this does not include learning abroad courses taken for resident credit. Students with a German, Scandinavian, Dutch major may elect a minor in German, 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 3104W - Reading and Analysis of German Literature [LITR, WI] (3.0 cr)
Electives
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· GER 3012W - Conversation and Composition [WI] (3.0 cr)
· GER 3014 - German Media (3.0 cr)
· GER 3021 - Business German (3.0 cr)
· GER 3421 - 18th-Century German Literature (3.0 cr)
· GER 3431 - 19th-Century Literature (3.0 cr)
· GER 3441 - 20th-/21st-Century Literature (3.0 cr)
· GER 3501 - Contemporary Germany (3.0 cr)
· GER 3510 - Topics in German Studies (3.0 cr)
· GER 3520 - Topics in Austrian and Central European Culture (3.0 cr)
· GER 3601 - German Medieval Literature [LITR, GP] (3.0 cr)
· GER 3604W - Introduction to German Cinema [AH, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· GER 3641 - German Folklore [LITR, GP] (3.0 cr)
· GER 3642 - The Grimms' Fairy Tales, Then & Now (3.0 cr)
· GER 3655 - Cultures of Control and Surveillance in Germany and the US [HIS, CIV] (3.0 cr)
· GER 3701 - History of the German Language (3.0 cr)
· GER 3702 - Beginning Middle High German (3.0 cr)
· GER 3993 - Directed Studies (1.0-4.0 cr)
· GER 5011 - Advanced Conversation and Composition (3.0 cr)
· GER 5410 - Topics in German Literature (3.0 cr)
· GER 5610 - German Literature in Translation (3.0 cr)
· GER 5630 - Topics in German Cinema (3.0 cr)
· GER 5711 - History of the German Language I (3.0 cr)
· GER 5712 - History of the German Language II (3.0 cr)
· GER 5721 - Introduction to Middle High German (3.0 cr)
· GER 5722 - Middle High German: Advanced Readings (3.0 cr)
· GER 5734 - Old Saxon (3.0 cr)
· GER 5740 - Topics in Germanic Medieval Studies (3.0 cr)
· GER 5993 - Directed Studies (1.0-4.0 cr)
· GER 3631 - Jewish Writers and Rebels in German, Austrian, and American Culture (3.0 cr)
or CSCL 3123 - Jewish Writers and Rebels in German, Austrian, and American Culture (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3631 - Jewish Writers and Rebels in German, Austrian, and American Culture (3.0 cr)
· GER 3633 - The Holocaust: Memory, Narrative, History [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3633 - The Holocaust: Memory, Narrative, History [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· GER 3651 - Thinking Environment: Green Culture, German Literature and Global Debates [LITR, ENV] (3.0 cr)
or GER 5651 - Thinking Environment: Green Culture, German Literature and Global Debates [LITR, ENV] (3.0 cr)
· Directed Study
Take no more than 1 course(s) from the following:
· GER 3993 - Directed Studies (1.0-4.0 cr)
· GER 5993 - Directed Studies (1.0-4.0 cr)
 
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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 3104W - Reading and Analysis of German Literature (LITR, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to literary analysis. Readings from drama, prose, and lyric poetry, from 18th century to present. prereq: 3011
GER 3012W - Conversation and Composition (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Prepares students for upper-level language and content courses in German. Continues the same focus and approach as 3011 with the addition of a larger reading component. prereq: 3011
GER 3014 - German Media
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to German language media. German language newspaper/magazine articles. The Internet. Radio/TV broadcasts. Structure/style of journalistic prose. prereq: 3011
GER 3021 - Business German
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
German economy, business culture. Practice of language used in business. Reading/discussion of German business documents. Preparation of formal letters and reports. prereq: 3011 or equiv
GER 3421 - 18th-Century German Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
German literature, 1720-1810, Enlightenment/Weimar classicism in historical/cultural context. Reading/discussion of literary/philosophical works, aesthetic criticism. prereq: 3011
GER 3431 - 19th-Century Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Literary/cultural exploration of 19th-century German literature through an investigation of romanticism, realism, and naturalism. Reading/discussion of literary/critical texts. prereq: 3011
GER 3441 - 20th-/21st-Century Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
German literature, from 1890 to present, in historical, political, social, and cultural context. prereq: 3011
GER 3501 - Contemporary Germany
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Social, political, and cultural developments in Germany, from 1945 to present. prereq: 3011
GER 3510 - Topics in German Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
One topic in depth dealing with culture or civilization of German-speaking countries. prereq: 3011
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
GER 3601 - German Medieval Literature (LITR, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
Literary investigation of the greatest works of medieval German poetry. Readings in English. Majors will be required to write a paper with use of secondary sources in English and German. prereq: No knowledge of German required
GER 3604W - Introduction to German Cinema (AH, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
An introduction to the study of German cinema, with a focus on the relation between German film and German history, literature, culture, and politics.
GER 3641 - German Folklore (LITR, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Literary and cultural investigation of the main folklore genres: charms, legends, folktales, and ballads; their composition, origin, and role in society with a strong emphasis on their international character. Readings in English. Majors required to write a paper with use of secondary sources in English and German. prereq: No knowledge of German required; cr for major or minor by arrangement with instructor
GER 3642 - The Grimms' Fairy Tales, Then & Now
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Exploration and cultural background of the Grimms' fairy tales and investigation of how various folktale types developed and became classical models for children and adults. The genre of the literary fairy tale in Germany, Europe, and North America. Comparisons of original literary versions with contemporary tales. All readings in English.
GER 3655 - Cultures of Control and Surveillance in Germany and the US (HIS, CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Discourses and practices of social control and surveillance in comparative/historical perspective. Explores the central conceptual condition for modern ethics: the relationship between individual and society. Paintings, manuals, scholarly and philosophical essays, and literary texts including writings by Franz Kafka.
GER 3701 - History of the German Language
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Change in grammar and lexicon, 750 A.D. to present. prereq: 1004
GER 3702 - Beginning Middle High German
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Middle High German grammar. Selected literary texts. prereq: 1004
GER 3993 - Directed Studies
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Guided individual reading or study. Prereq instr consent, dept consent, college consent.
GER 5011 - Advanced Conversation and Composition
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Achieving high proficiency in writing/speaking professional/academic German. prereq: 3012, [grad student or adv undergrad]
GER 5410 - Topics in German Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topic may focus on a specific author, group of authors, genre, period, or subject matter. Topics specified in Class Schedule.
GER 5610 - German Literature in Translation
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study in depth of authors or topics from various periods in German literature. Requires no knowledge of German. prereq: No knowledge of German required; cr toward major or minor requires reading in German
GER 5630 - Topics in German Cinema
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Topics chosen may focus on specific directors, genres, film production or reception, and/or other formal, theoretical, historical, or political issues. prereq: 3xxx film course or instr consent
GER 5711 - History of the German Language I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Historical development of German, from beginnings to 1450. prereq: 3011
GER 5712 - History of the German Language II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Historical development of German from 1450 to 2000. prereq: 5711
GER 5721 - Introduction to Middle High German
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Introduction to Middle High German language and literature. Study of grammar through formal description of Middle High German phonology, morphology, and syntax. Normalized MHG texts read.
GER 5722 - Middle High German: Advanced Readings
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Acquisition of fluency in reading Middle High German normalized as well as non-normalized texts, both poetry and prose. prereq: 5721
GER 5734 - Old Saxon
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of the poetry of Old Saxon. Detailed investigation of Old Saxon in comparison with the other Old Germanic languages.
GER 5740 - Topics in Germanic Medieval Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
GER 5993 - Directed Studies
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Guided individual reading or study. Prereq instr consent, dept consent, college consent.
GER 3631 - Jewish Writers and Rebels in German, Austrian, and American Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00966 - CSCL 3123/Ger 3631/JwSt 3631
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Literary/cultural modes of writing used by Jewish writers in Germany, Austria, and America to deal with problems of identity, anti-Semitism, and assimilation. Focus on 20th century. All readings (novels, poetry, stories) in English. prereq: No knowledge of German required; Extra work in German must be done in order to count this course toward a German minor or a German, Scandinavian, Dutch major.
CSCL 3123 - Jewish Writers and Rebels in German, Austrian, and American Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00966 - CSCL 3123/Ger 3631/JwSt 3631
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Literary/cultural modes of writing used by Jewish writers in Germany, Austria, and America to deal with problems of identity, anti-Semitism, and assimilation. Focus on 20th century. All readings (novels, poetry, stories) in English. prereq: No knowledge of German required; Extra work in German must be done in order to count this course toward a German minor or a German, Scandinavian, Dutch major.
JWST 3631 - Jewish Writers and Rebels in German, Austrian, and American Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00966 - CSCL 3123/Ger 3631/JwSt 3631
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Literary/cultural modes of writing used by Jewish writers in Germany, Austria, and America to deal with problems of identity, anti-Semitism, and assimilation. Focus on 20th century. All readings (novels, poetry, stories) in English. prereq: No knowledge of German required; Extra work in German must be done in order to count this course toward a German minor or a German, Scandinavian, Dutch major.
GER 3633 - The Holocaust: Memory, Narrative, History (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02510 - Ger 3633/JwSt 3633
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Seventy years after the end of the second world war, the Holocaust continues to play a formative role in public discourse about the past in Germany and Austria. As the event itself recedes into the past, our knowledge about the Holocaust has become increasingly shaped by literary and filmic representations of it. This course has several objectives: first, to deepen students' historical knowledge of the events and experiences of the Holocaust, and at the same time to introduce critical models for examining the relationship between personal experience, historical events, and forms of representation. This class will introduce students to the debates about the politics of memory and the artistic representation of the Holocaust, with special focus on public debates about the complex ways in which Holocaust memory surfaces in contemporary Germany and Austria, and by the accrual of layers of text and discourse about the Holocaust. Additional topics will include Holocaust testimony; Holocaust memoirs, and 2nd and 3rd generation Holocaust literature, the Historians' Debate of the 1980s.
JWST 3633 - The Holocaust: Memory, Narrative, History (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02510 - Ger 3633/JwSt 3633
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Seventy years after the end of the second world war, the Holocaust continues to play a formative role in public discourse about the past in Germany and Austria. As the event itself recedes into the past, our knowledge about the Holocaust has become increasingly shaped by literary and filmic representations of it. This course has several objectives: first, to deepen students' historical knowledge of the events and experiences of the Holocaust, and at the same time to introduce critical models for examining the relationship between personal experience, historical events, and forms of representation. This class will introduce students to the debates about the politics of memory and the artistic representation of the Holocaust, with special focus on public debates about the complex ways in which Holocaust memory surfaces in contemporary Germany and Austria, and by the accrual of layers of text and discourse about the Holocaust. Additional topics will include Holocaust testimony; Holocaust memoirs, and 2nd and 3rd generation Holocaust literature, the Historians' Debate of the 1980s.
GER 3651 - Thinking Environment: Green Culture, German Literature and Global Debates (LITR, ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02372
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
How environmental thinking became social-political force through German literature/culture, with comparisons to global or U.S. developments. Authors include Goethe, Christa Wolf, Enzensberger.
GER 5651 - Thinking Environment: Green Culture, German Literature and Global Debates (LITR, ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02372 - Ger 3651/Ger 5651
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
How environmental thinking became social-political force through German literature/culture, with comparisons to global or U.S. developments. Authors include Goethe, Christa Wolf, Enzensberger.
GER 3993 - Directed Studies
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Guided individual reading or study. Prereq instr consent, dept consent, college consent.
GER 5993 - Directed Studies
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Guided individual reading or study. Prereq instr consent, dept consent, college consent.