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German Program

Faculty:

Full-time: Prof. Dr. Lawrence F. Glatz 

Part-time: Iris Heidberg, Edward MaierAndrew MaurerHeike Schmidt-Windhoff

GERMAN PROGRAMS OVERVIEW

German Area of Emphasis in the B.A. in Modern Languages degree program:
The Modern Languages Department offers a Major program in Modern Languages with a minor program in German; and teacher education programs in a variety of combinations.

Minor in German: Courses and Semester Hours
COURSES
SEMESTER HOURS
Required Courses: 
GER 2010* Intermediate German I
3
GER 2020* Intermediate German II
3
GER 2110* German Reading and Conversation
3
GER 2120* German Civilization
3
Subtotal
12
Select 1 of the following literature/culture courses:
GER 3200 German Culture and Civilization
3
GER 3210 Survey of German Literature I
3
GER 3220 Survey of German Literature II
3
GER 3230 Contemporary German Writers
3
GER 3400 German Business Culture
3
GER 4200 Major German Authors
3
Subtotal
3
Select 1 of the following skills courses:
GER 3010 Third-Year German Conversation
3
GER 3300 Advanced German Grammar
3
GER 3150 German Phonetics
3
GER 4020 Advanced German Composition
3
GER 4210 Advanced German Conversation: Present-day Germany  
Subtotal
3
Select 1 other course from either of the above two categories 
Subtotal
3

Total

21

* May substitute a course at the 3000- or 4000-level.

A grade of C- or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor's degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required.

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Click here for German wiki site.

 German Honor Society:

The Department of Modern Languages is proud to have a chapter of the National German Honor Society Delta Phi Alpha at MSU Denver, into which all qualified students completing a minor of major in German may apply for induction. Contact Dr. Glatz concerning this graduation honor.

German Courses:
Please consult the list of short German Course Descriptions , the list of German courses at progressive levels.

Language Resources:
You are invited to seek out information on the language, literature, culture, history, society, media and current events of the German-speaking countries at the Germania Project: German Resources page.

Services from Deutsche Welle:
The Newsletter webpage  offers you the opportunity to receive several e-mail newsletters for free.

Services from the German Information Center:
The Information webpage offers you the opportunity to receive e-mail newsletters for free.

W├Ârterbuch (Dictionary) from Canoo

(Enter a German word in the blank and click on "suchen"):

Want the time in Germany?
Click on this link: Die Zeit in Berlin!


GER 1010 - Elementary German I

Credits: 5

Description: This course focuses on skills development in listening, speaking, reading, and writing with emphasis on the use of functional, communicative language for oral and written proficiency and cultural competency.


GER 1020 - Elementary German II

Credits: 5

Prerequisite(s): GER 1010 or one year of high school German or its equivalent with a grade of “C” or better

Description: This course is a continuation of GER 1010 and focuses on skills development in listening, speaking, reading, and writing with emphasis on the use of functional, communicative language for oral and written proficiency and cultural competency.

Note: This course requires a grade of “C” or better to fulfill the General Studies requirement.

General Studies: Oral Communication


GER 1800 - International German Year I

Credits: 1-15

Description: This is a variable-credit course for first-year students learning German in a study-abroad setting. It recognizes an approved study-abroad educational experience in German speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing.


GER 2010 - Intermediate German I

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): GER 1020 or equivalent

Description: This course is the first of a two-semester, integrated, second-year sequence. The course focuses on further skills development in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with emphasis on the use of functional, communicative language for oral and written proficiency and on cultural competency. Class is conducted mostly in German and will include a variety of interactive activities designed to help students develop their knowledge of German and their ability to use it productively in situations of communication.


GER 2020 - Intermediate German II

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): GER 2010 or equivalent

Description: This course is a continuation of GER 2010 and is the second of a two-semester, integrated, second-year sequence. The course focuses on further skills development in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with emphasis on the use of functional, communicative language for oral and written proficiency and on cultural competency. Class is conducted mostly in German and will include a variety of interactive activities designed to help students develop their knowledge of German and their ability to use it productively in situations of communication.


GER 2110 - German Reading and Conversation

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): One year of college German or equivalent or Permission of instructor

Description: This course prepares the student to read and to communicate with ease in German. It emphasizes vocabulary and idiomatic phrases used in everyday language.


GER 2120 - German Civilization

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): One year of college German or equivalent or Permission of instructor

Description: This course emphasizes the broadening of reading and conversational skills. It introduces the student to various aspects of German civilization, from its geography and history to its philosophical and political thought, arts, music, and modern living.


GER 2800 - International German Year II

Credits: 1-15

Prerequisite(s): One year of college German or equivalent

Description: This variable-credit course recognizes second-year study of German language and culture in an approved study-abroad setting.


GER 3010 - Third-Year German Conversation

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): GER 2110 or 2120 or four years of high school German

Description: This course strengthens conversational ability with more complicated idiomatic and structural elements, using techniques such as skits, debates, and small-group discussions to improve fluency and broaden the scope of communication. Conducted in German.


GER 3050 - Cultural Crossroads: France, Germany, Spain

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): ENG 1020

Description: This course gives students the cultural background necessary to understand and appreciate those spiritual and intellectual developments that have given today’s three European nations (representing our language disciplines) their characteristics. Main topics include the Indo- European language family, the cultural and technological development of Germanic and Romance-speaking countries, the causes for the rise and fall of these countries throughout the 2000 years under consideration, the role of women in politics and the arts, the development of differing social etiquette, reasons for mass emigrations, and contributions of immigrants to their new countries, and the effect that the European Union has on the educational social welfare of its member nations.

Note: Students can get credit for only one prefix.

Cross Listed Course(s): FRE 3050, MDL 3050, SPA 3050


GER 3150 - German Phonetics: Theory and Practice

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): Two years of college German or equivalent or Permission of instructor

Description: This course covers improvement of pronunciation and speech habits based on an understanding of the phonetics of German. After an introduction to the basic speech mechanism through principles of linguistics, the course offers practice in pronunciation through the declamation of selected texts.


GER 3200 - German Culture and Civilization

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): Two years of college German or equivalent, or permission of instructor; completion of General Studies requirements in Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Quantitative Literacy.

Description: This course is an advanced German conversational approach to the main cultural events that have shaped German lifestyles. Historical events, as well as modern German lifestyles of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland are discussed. The format is reading-discussion, conducted in German. Students are required to give oral presentations.


GER 3210 - Survey of German Literature I

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): Two years of college German or equivalent or Permission of instructor

Description: This course provides an insight into German historical and cultural development through selected readings in German literature, from its beginning to the 18th century.


GER 3220 - Survey of German Literature II

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): Two years of college German or equivalent or Permission of instructor

Description: This course covers the history of German literature of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries, including selected readings of principle German authors, lectures on biography and criticism, and recitation. Conducted in German.


GER 3230 - Contemporary German Writers

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): Two years of college German or equivalent or Permission of instructor

Description: After a rapid survey of philosophical, political, economic, and social backgrounds, this course emphasizes works of distinguished contemporary authors. Lectures on biography and criticism are interspersed as convenient. A term paper is assigned. Conducted in German.


GER 3300 - Advanced German Grammar

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): GER 2310, 2320 or Permission of instructor

Description: This course is designed to prepare the student for the demands of the use of literary and scientific German at advanced levels. The student is led into an appreciation of the deeper structures of the language and the functional aspects of grammar in communication.


GER 3400 - German Business Culture

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): GER 2310 or Permission of instructor

Description: This course is for students who plan to do business with people in German-speaking countries. The course incorporates specialized language pertaining to marketing, banking, the structure of corporations, and the code of behavior in the business world as well as the social protection of the gainfully employed, transportation, import, and export.


GER 3410 - Translation Techniques for Scientific Materials

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): GER 2320 or Permission of instructor

Description: This course is designed for the understanding of writings in the field of science. Attention is given to the specialized vocabulary, idioms, and sentence structure in this field. Translations on up-to-date topics are from German into English, facilitating reading and comprehension.


GER 3800 - International Advanced German

Credits: 1-15

Prerequisite(s): Junior or Senior standing in German or equivalent

Description: This course recognizes upper-division study in language, culture, and literature in a study abroad setting. It uses a variety of methods and includes reading, writing, and discussion seminars in German.


GER 4020 - Advanced German Composition

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): Three hours of third-year college German

Description: This course is an advanced study of the application of vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and grammatical structures necessary for effective written communication. It includes review and expansion of various grammatical topics, exercises on stylistics, and considerable expansion of the student’s vocabulary. Conducted in German.


GER 4200 - Major German Authors

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): Nine hours of German above 1020 or Permission of instructor, Senior standing necessary if used for Senior Experience requirement

Description: The course traces in representative works the artistic and intellectual development of major German authors who have gained a place in world literature. Class periods will be devoted to historical background, biographies, group discussions, and analysis. Class is conducted in German, requiring oral and written reports.

University Requirement(s): Senior Experience


GER 4210 - Advanced Conversation: Present-day Germany

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): Three hours of third-year college German or Permission of instructor

Description: This course is designed to help the student develop an understanding of present-day Germany. Recent and current socioeconomic changes and political trends are emphasized. Articles in recent issues of a leading German periodical are used as basis for classroom discussion, student reports, and themes.


GER 4400 - Advanced German Business Culture

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): Nine hours of German above 1020 or Permission of instructor, Senior standing necessary if used for Senior Experience requirement

Description: The course focuses on business topics with specialized language pertaining to industry, marketing, finance, social welfare, the consumer in general, and the environment. Class is conducted in German, requiring oral and written reports.

University Requirement(s): Senior Experience


GER 4410 - Advanced Translation Techniques

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): GER 3310 or Permission of instructor, Senior standing necessary if used for Senior Experience Requirement

Description: This course practices the different translation techniques (from German to English and from English to German) in a variety of materials taken from economics, law, medicine, the fine arts, biographies, geography, history, and others. Attention is given to the unique tone of each document.

University Requirement(s): Senior Experience

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