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GERMAN (GN)

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The course level at which students begin their study of German is determined by several factors. These factors include the following: the number of high-school units complete; language placement examination scores; or, for those with native or heritage competency, faculty evaluation.

Level        Placement Criteria
GN 101No prior instruction in German, fewer than two high-school units
in German, instruction more than four years ago, or UA
placement test
GN 102UA credit for GN 101 or UA placement test
GN 103Two high-school units of German or GN 101 at another institution
GN 201Credit for GN 102 or GN 103 or UA placement test
GN 202Credit for GN 201 or UA placement test
GN 300Credit for GN 202 or UA placement test

GN 101 Elementary German I. 4 hours.

First semester German language course. Class meets five times a week.

GN 102 Elementary German II. 4 hours.
Prerequisite: GN 101 with a grade of “C-” or higher, or language department placement.

Second semester German language course. Class meets five times a week.

GN 103 Accelerated Elementary German. 4 hours.

Intensive, accelerated study of first and second semester German language curriculum. Class meets five times a week.

GN 111 Accelerated Elementary German. 6 hours.

GN 112 Accelerated Intermediate German. 6 hours.
Prerequisite: GN 102 or GN 111.

GN 201 Intermediate German I. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GN 102 or GN 103.

Third semester German language course.

GN 202 Intermediate German II. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GN 201.

Fourth semester German language course.

GN 205 and GN 206 Living in the German House I and II. 2 hours each semester.

Students living in the German House agree to speak only German, under the supervision of a house director who is a native speaker of German.

GN 212 Vocabulary Building. 2 hours.

Principles of German word formation; the main topics covered are compounds and the uses of prefixes and suffixes.

GN 250 Germanic Mythology (same as WL 250). 3 hours.

GN 251 German Culture and Civilization. 3 hours.

The course content varies from year to year. Topics likely to be covered include German art, architecture, education, folk arts and crafts, literature, customs, and other aspects of the German-speaking countries.

GN 260 The Holocaust in Film and Literature (same as WL 260). 3 hours.

An exploration of the aesthetic and ethical issues involved in artistic representations of the Holocaust.

GN 264 German Literature in Translation I. 3 hours.

A survey in English of German literary masterpieces ranging from the Ring of the Nibelungs and Tristan and Isolde to Goethe’s Faust. Themes include love, myth, religious freedom, war and peace, and nationhood.

GN 265 German Literature in Translation II. 3 hours.

A survey in English of German literary masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries. Themes include communism and capitalism, Hitler and the Holocaust, gender, and the responsibility of scientists. Authors include Kafka, Hesse, Mann, and Grass.

GN 270 Special Topics. 3 hours.

Topic varies. No knowledge of German is required.

GN 275 Germany and Contemporary Europe. 3 hours.

Study of Germany’s place in today’s Europe; political, social, and cultural aspects are examined.

In addition to the stated prerequisites, all 300-level German courses except GN 351 and GN 352 have as a prerequisite 14 hours of coursework in German, or permission of the instructor.

GN 321 Introduction to German Drama. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GN 202 or GN 112, with a grade of “C-” or higher.

Introduction to the reading and interpretation of drama; readings from selected German dramas from the 18th century to the present.

GN 322 Introduction to the German Novelle. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GN 202 or GN 112, with a grade of “C-” or higher.

Introduction to literary narrative in general and to the German Novelle tradition in particular.

GN 323 Introduction to German Poetry. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GN 202 or GN 112, with a grade of “C-” or higher.

Introduction to the study of poetry; readings of poems by major German poets from the 18th century to the present.

GN 341 Modern German Literature: Selected Works. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GN 202 or GN 112, with a grade of “C-” or higher.

Readings in major German, Austrian, and Swiss writers of the post-World War II era.

GN 351 German Play Production. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: By audition.

Through this experience, the student is introduced to German drama and acquires increased facility in the language.

GN 352 German Play Production. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: By audition.

The final goal of this course is the production of a play in German. Through this experience, the student will increase facility in the language.

GN 361 Intermediate Conversation and Composition I. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GN 202 or GN 112, with a grade of “C-” or higher placement.

Emphasis is on increasing speaking and writing skills in German. Includes essay writing and grammar review.

GN 362 Intermediate Conversation and Composition II. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GN 361, with a grade of “C-” or higher, or permission of instructor.

Emphasis is on increasing speaking and writing skills in German. Includes essay writing and grammar review.

GN 365 Business German. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GN 361, with a grade of “C-” or higher, or permission of instructor.

Acquisition of business German used in commercial transactions. Emphasis is on business letters and business conversation.

GN 371 German Culture and Civilization: Beginnings through 1832. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GN 361, with a grade of “C-” or higher, or permission of instructor.

A survey of German cultural history from the Germanic tribes through the Age of Goethe. Emphasis is on developments in philosophy, religious thought, music, art, architecture, and popular culture in the context of political and social history.

GN 372 German Culture and Civilization: 1832 to 1945. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GN 361, with a grade of “C-” or higher, or permission of instructor.

A survey of German cultural history from the 1830s through the end of the Second World War.

GN 373 Germany, Yesterday and Today. 3 hours.

Offered as part of the Alabama in Germany summer program. A study of the contemporary German-speaking world in the context of its cultural heritage. Content varies slightly depending on itinerary.

GN 381 Directed Readings. 1 to 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Instructor permission required.

In addition to the stated prerequisites, all 400-level German courses have as a prerequisite 20 hours of coursework in German, or permission of the instructor.

GN 401 Teaching German I. 1 hour.

Only students serving as assistant teachers in the accelerated program may enroll. Under close faculty supervision, students teach innovative small classes four times a week. There are seminars with the supervising professor each Friday covering technique, method, and pedagogical critique.

GN 403 Undergraduate Seminar. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GN 371 and/or GN 372 with a grade of “C-” or higher, or permission of instructor

Intensive study of one or more significant subjects, authors, periods, works, or genres not studied in depth in other courses.

GN 404 Undergraduate Seminar. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GN 371 and/or GN 372 with a grade of “C-” or higher, or permission of instructor.

Intensive study of one or more significant subjects, authors, periods, works, or genres not studied in depth in other courses.

GN 431 The Age of Goethe. 3 hours.

Study of backgrounds of the period and of major works of Goethe, Schiller, and others.

GN 450 Intermediate Business German. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GN 365.

Expands and deepens knowledge of business German and prepares students for such internationally recognized business German examinations as Prüfung Deutsch für den Beruf and Prüfung Wirtschaftsdeutsch International.

GN 461 Advanced German Conversation and Composition I. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GN 362, with a grade of “C-” or higher, or permission of instructor.

A continuation of GN 361 and GN 362. Readings in current German newspapers and periodicals. Discussion, essay writing, and oral reports in German.

GN 462 Advanced German Conversation and Composition II. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GN 362, with a grade of “C-” or higher, or permission of instructor.

Discussion based on readings in current German newspapers and periodicals, news broadcasts, and film clips. Essay writing, and oral reports in German.

GN 481 Directed Readings. 1 to 4 hours.

Students planning to enroll should confer with the instructor before registration.

GN 482 Directed Readings. 1 to 4 hours.

Students planning to enroll should confer with the instructor before registration.

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