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German and Russian: German

GERM 131 Elementary German I (1)

Listening/comprehension, speaking, and reading developed through intense oral practice and frequent language laboratory exercises.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Fischer, Staff

GERM 132 Elementary German II (1)

Listening/comprehension, speaking, and reading developed through intense oral practice and frequent language laboratory exercises.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Fischer, Staff

GERM 231 Intermediate German I (1)

Ability to read with direct association in German. Listening/comprehension and basic grammar patterns. The second semester includes discussion of cultural topics and practice in directed writing.

Prerequisite: GERM 132

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Fischer, Staff

GERM 232 Intermediate German II (1)

Ability to read with direct association in German. Listening/comprehension and basic grammar patterns. The second semester includes discussion of cultural topics and practice in directed writing.

Prerequisite: GERM 231

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Fischer, Staff

GERM 241 (IT; 4th Sem Lang) Topics in German Culture (in translation) (1)

This course enables students to acquire knowledge of selected artists and thinkers, genres and periods in the German cultural tradition. Potential topics include film, plays, fairy tales, novels and poetry as well as selected readings in Philosophy and the Arts.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Fourth Semester Language Requirement

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Fischer, Staff

GERM 331 (W) German Composition and Discussion (1)

Reading and discussion in German on a variety of topics and texts relevant to the areas of letters, fine arts, and humanities. Cultural and literary vocabulary, syntax, introductory phonetics, and laboratory exercises stressing comprehension and pronunciation. (Recommended for students interested in study overseas.) Conducted in German.

Prerequisite: GERM 232 or completion of language proficiency or consent of instructor.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Fischer, Staff

GERM 332 Advanced German Composition (1)

Readings and discussion, enlargement of vocabulary to meet the idiom of the highly educated German; discussions and compositions on abstract and more sophisticated topics. Conducted in German.

Prerequisite: GERM 331 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Fischer, Staff

GERM 333 Contemporary German Culture (1)

In examining contemporary German culture since 1945, this course will concentrate on trends, movements, forces, and attitudes that shape life within the three German-speaking countries. Conducted in German.

Prerequisite: GERM 331 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Fischer

GERM 340 Introduction to German Literature (1)

Reading and discussion in German on a variety of topics and texts from the main writers, epochs, and genres of German literature. Practice in the vocabulary and methods of literary analysis. Conducted in German.

Prerequisite: GERM 331 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Staff

GERM 430 History of German Thought (1)

Selections of German writings that express those thoughts and ideas that have contributed substantially to the heritage of human culture. Representatives from the following areas: arts, biography, history, mysticism, philosophy, politics, psychology, and science. Conducted in German.

Prerequisite: GERM 340 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Fischer

GERM 431 From the Enlightenment to Romanticism (1)

German literature and related forms of artistic and intellectual expression from the Enlightenment to Goethe’s death. Considered against the background of general European cultural history, selected readings from Lessing, Goethe, Schiller, Kleist, Novalis, Heine, Buchner, and their contemporaries. Conducted in German.

Prerequisite: GERM 340 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Fischer, Staff

GERM 432 Realism and Naturalism (1)

German literature and related forms of artistic and intellectual expression from Goethe’s death to the end of the 19th century, considered against the background of general European cultural history. Selected readings from Grillparzer, Buchner, Droste-Hulshoff, Stifter, Keller, Storm, Hauptmann, and their contemporaries. Conducted in German.

Prerequisite: GERM 340 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Staff

GERM 433 Modern Literature (1)

Representative novels and short stories of such writers as Thomas Mann, Hesse, Rilke, and Brecht. Conducted in German.

Prerequisite: GERM 340 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Fischer

GERM 490-491 Reading and Conference (.5 or 1)

Designed to enable a student to acquire the necessary knowledge and experience of literary periods which are not covered by courses offered at Willamette University.

Prerequisite: GERM 331, Junior or Senior standing and G.P.A. of 3.0 or better

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Fischer, Staff

GERM 496 (W) Senior Seminar (1)

The seminar will focus on the life and works of one major author (e.g., Goethe, Rilke, Nietzsche, Mann, etc.). Students are expected to write a research paper and present it to the class at the end of the semester.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: Senior standing in German

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Fischer, Staff

GERM 497 Literary Research (.5)

Students will meet with a professor in the German program for seven seminar meetings and discuss a theme or an author within the area of German literature. The emphasis will be on the relationship between literature and society. Students are expected to write a 15-page research paper which will be presented to a larger audience at the end of the semester.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Fischer, Staff