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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 completed; language placement examination scores; or, for those with native or heritage competency, faculty evaluation.

Level Placement Criteria
GN 101 No prior instruction in German, fewer than two high- school units in German, instruction more than four years ago, or UA placement test
GN 102 UA credit for GN 101 or UA placement test
GN 103 Two high-school units of German, GN 101 at another institution, or faculty evaluation.
GN 201 Credit for GN 102 or GN 103 or UA placement test
GN 202 Credit for GN 201 or UA placement test
GN 361 Credit for GN 202 or faculty evaluation

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 201 Intermediate German I. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GN 102 or GN 103 with a grade of “C-“ or higher.

Third semester German language course.

GN 202 Intermediate German II. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GN 201 with a grade of “C-“ or higher.

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

Introduction to gods and myths of the early Germanic peoples as represented in writing and art, as well as the impact of Germanic mythology on Western culture and civilization.

GN 254 Survey of German Cinema. 3 hours.

An overview of German cinema from Silent Era in the 1920’s through New German Cinema to post-Wall works. Topics include history, socio-cultural frame, directors, and cinematography.

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 352 have as a prerequisite 14 hours of coursework in German, or permission of the instructor.

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 or 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 or GN 362, 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 or GN 362, 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 1989. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: GN 361 or GN 362, 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 and beyond.

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