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German (GR)

Associate Professor:  J. Karolle-Berg
The program in German language, literature, and culture at John Carroll prepares students to enter areas such as business, law, education, the non-profit sector, and government.  At all course levels, students engage in active learning through proficiency-based instruction.  In addition to developing proficiency in German, majors and minors in German gain an understanding of the cultural perspectives, products, and practices of the German-speaking world; make connections between developments in German literature and culture and trends in history, philosophy, and politics; and strengthen their communicative and analytical skills.

The German major and minor complement a number of courses of study and allow students to work with faculty to design a program suited to their specific academic goals.  The experiential learning component similarly links students’ course work in German to their other professional and personal interests through an independent project, internship, participation in a play production, or a thesis.

For general information about the language department, see page 167.

Major and Minor Requirements

Major in German:  34-36 credit hours, as follows:
Students may count the following courses toward the German major:

  • Two courses at the 200 level or above in a cognate area (history, political science, philosophy, etc.).  Please see department chair for qualifying courses and approval.
  • One IC or ML course.  ML 308:  Teaching Languages is recommended for education majors.

Remaining credits must be earned in GR language, including:

  • GR 101-102, 201-202, GR 301-302 or the equivalent.
  • An experiential learning component:  GR 275, 396, or 496.
  • At least two additional GR courses at the 300 level or higher.

Minor in German:  21 hours, beginning at any level.  One course in a cognate area (history, political science, philosophy, etc.) or up to 3 credits of experiential learning may be applied to the minor.

101. BEGINNING GERMAN I:  THE GERMAN-SPEAKING WORLD I 3 cr. each.  Introduction to German, with focus on speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  Students learn to ask and answer questions and share information about themselves, their families, and their daily activities.  Open only to students with no previous study of German. (Fall)
102. BEGINNING GERMAN II:  THE GERMAN-SPEAKING WORLD 3 cr.  Prerequisite:  GR 101 or equivalent.  Expansion of skills acquired in GR 101.  Students build on their basic knowledge of everyday German-speaking culture (through topics such as tourism and transportation and leisure activities), improve their communicative competence, and develop skills needed to negotiate a variety of cultural settings. (Spring)
201-202. INTERMEDIATE GERMAN I, II:  ISSUES IN GERMAN-SPEAKING CULTURES 3 cr.  Prerequisite for 201:  GR 102 or equivalent; prerequisite for GR 202:  GR 201 or equivalent.  Grammar review and practice of speaking, writing, reading, and listening, coupled with themes in contemporary German society, including geography.  German history since 1945, popular culture, and multiculturalism.  (Fall-201, Spring-202)
275. GERMAN PLAY PRODUCTION 1 cr.  Prerequisites:  GR 101 or equivalent; instructor’s and chair’s permission.  Participation in a German-language play.  Meets last 6 weeks of semester.  May be repeated for credit.
301-302. ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION THROUGH POPULAR FORMS I, II 3 cr. each.  Introduction to popular culture (film, literature, music) with a focus on building oral and written proficiency. (Fall-301, Spring-302)
306. THE GERMAN-SPEAKING WORLD TODAY:  ISSUES IN ECONOMICS, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY 3 cr.  Introduction to social systems and issues in the German-speaking world, including education, immigration, the social market economy, and Germany’s position in the European Union.
310. GERMAN FILM 3 cr.  Important filmmakers from 1910 to the present; their relation to German cultural and social history of the period.
313. GERMAN CULTURE SINCE 1945 3 cr.  The cultural resonance of divided and unified Germany, Holocaust commemoration, multiculturalism, and Germany in Europe.
316. INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN LITERATURE 3 cr.  Readings and discussions of 20th and 21st-century German-language literary texts, such as short stories, plays, and poems; introduction to the analysis of literary texts.  May be taken concurrently with GR 301 or 302.
375. GERMAN DRAMA:  FROM THEORY TO PERFORMANCE 3 cr.  German dramatic theory, interpretation of major German dramas, performance of German-language dramas.
396. EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IN GERMAN STUDIES 3 cr.  Prerequisite:  GR 301 or permission of instructor.  Directed experiential learning through an independent project or internship.  May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.  Department chair’s permission required.
398. SUPERVISED STUDY 1-3 cr.  Supervised independent study of German language, literature, or culture.
399. SPECIAL TOPICS 1-3 cr.  Rotating focus on a specific theme, genre, or time period on German literature or culture.  Topic announced in advance.  May be repeated for credit.
496. SENIOR THESIS 3 cr. Prerequisites: instructor’s and chair’s permission. Individual research project developed and written in consultation with appropriate faculty member.  Topics approved in fall of student’s senior year, thesis written in spring of senior year. 
498. ADVANCED SUPERVISED STUDY 1-3 3 cr.  Supervised independent study of German language, literature, or culture.  For advanced students.  May be repeated for credit.
499. SEMINAR: SPECIAL TOPICS 3 cr.  Rotating focus on a specific theme, genre, or time period in German literature or culture.  Topic announced in advance.  May be repeated for credit.

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