At Valpo, German classes cover a wide variety of topics.

Valpo’s German program offers a solid and innovative curriculum that helps you achieve your goals in linguistic fluency and cultural competence and that prepares you for a variety of personal and professional pursuits after graduation.

Valpo German Majors

Required Courses for the German Major

More details about the German major can be found in the handbook and its appendix.

GER 204 Intermediate German II 4 credits
GER 220 Approaches to German Studies 3 credits
GER 351 German Studies: The Middle Ages and Humanism 3 credits
GER 352 German Studies: Enlightenment and Revolution 3 credits
GER 353 German Studies: Constructing a Modern Nation 3 credits
GER 493 Senior German Seminar 3 credits
Eight additional credits in German beyond GER 203 8 credits
TOTAL (Minimum) 27 credits
  • B.A. students in German at Valpo must complete the general-education requirements for the B.A in addition to the requirements for the major. This University-wide core strengthens communication and critical-thinking skills while introducing the student to global cultures and traditions.

Required Courses for the German Minor

GER 204 Intermediate German II 4 credits
GER 220 Approaches to German Studies 3 credits
Seven additional credits in German beyond GER 203 7 credits
TOTAL (Minimum) 14 credits

Classes

  • Beginning German I
  • Beginning German II
  • German Literary Studies
  • Intermediate German I
  • Intermediate German II
  • Approaches to German Studies
  • German Film Studies
  • German Play Production
  • Topics in German

 

  • Topics in German-Language Culture
  • German in the Professions
  • German in the Media
  • History of the German Language
  • German Studies: The Middle Ages and Humanism
  • German Studies: Enlightenment and Revolution
  • German Studies: Constructing a Modern Nation
  • Seminar in German
  • Senior Seminar

GER 101 / Beginning German I
An introduction to German language and culture with emphasis on spoken and written communication skills. (4 credits)

GER 102 / Beginning German II
A continuation of GER 101. Prerequisite: GER 101 or equivalent. (4 credits)

GER 200 / German Literary Studies
Study of selected works of German literature in English translation. Readings represent significant genres and literary periods presented in biographical historical, and cultural context. The course provides instruction and practice in the writing of careful critical analysis of the readings. May not be counted toward a major or minor in German. Fulfills the literature component of the Humanities General Education Requirement. (3 credits)

GER 203 / Intermediate German I
A consolidation of German language skills with emphasis on interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication. Students increase control of grammatical structures, broaden vocabulary, and become more familiar with German-language cultures. Prerequisite: GER 102 or equivalent. (4 credits)

GER 204 / Intermediate German II
A review and expansion of German language skills with emphasis on interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication. Students refine grammatical accuracy, write on varied topics, participate in extensive oral practice, and read literature and other authentic texts while building on their understanding of German-language cultures. Prerequisite: GER 203 or equivalent. May be repeated for credit at Reutlingen Center. (4 credits)

GER 220 / Approaches to German Studies 
An introduction to the strategies of reading, interpreting, and writing about German texts. Reading and discussion of works from a variety of genres with particular attention to textual analysis. May be used to fulfill the Humanities component of the General Education Requirement. Prerequisite: GER 204. (3 credits)

GER 260: German Film Studies
Study of selected films representing significant milestones in German cinema from the 1920s to the present. The course is conducted in English and focuses on cultural and historical context, cinematic technique, and instruction and practice in the writing of careful critical analysis of the films. May not be counted toward a major or minor in German. May be used to fulfill the Humanities: Fine and Performing Arts component of the General Education Requirements.  (3 credits)

GER 271: German Play Production
Rehearsal and performance of a play or an excerpt from a play in German. No prior acting experience required. Prerequisite: GER 204. May be repeated for additional credit. May be used to fulfill the Fine and Performing Arts component of the Humanities General Education Requirement. (1 – 3 credits)

GER 272: Advanced German Grammar Topics
Targeted review and practice of grammar structures in German. Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in a German course above 204 or consent of the Chair of the Department. May be repeated for elective credit if the topic varies, but counted toward a major or minor in German only once. (1 credit)

GER 290: Topics in German
A study of selected themes or issues in German literature, language, or culture. May be repeated for credit if the topic varies. Prerequisite: GER 220 or consent of the chair of the department. (3 credits)


GER 300 / Topics in German-Language Culture
A study of cultural products from German speaking countries. All work done in English. May be repeated for credit if the topic varies. May not be counted toward a major or minor in German. May be used to fulfill the Cultural Diversity course component of the General Education Requirements. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. (3 credits)

GER 305 / German in the Professions
A study of German language as used in the world of business and technology, including basic commercial and technical vocabulary, workplace correspondence, and professional presentation.  Advanced communication skills are developed.  Prerequisite: GER 204. (3 credits)

GER 306 / German in the Media
A study of German language and contemporary society through the media, including newspapers, magazines, radio, television, film, and the internet.  Advanced communication skills are developed.  Prerequisite: GER 204. (3 credits)

GER 341 / History of the German Language
A historical study of the development of the German language. Students are introduced to the basics of linguistics, to linguistic change from Indo-European to the present, and to contemporary dialect variation in German. Prerequisite: GER 220. (3 credits)

GER 351 / German Studies: The Middle Ages and Humanism
A study of German-language literature and culture from the emergence of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation to Luther and the early modern era.  Intellectual and aesthetic works (e.g. architecture, art, drama, music, philosophy, poetry, prose fiction) are examined in cultural-historical context.  Prerequisite: GER 220. (3 credits)

GER 352 / German Studies: Enlightenment and Revolution
A study of German-language literature and culture from the beginnings of the modern era to the failed revolution of 1848.  Intellectual and aesthetic works (e.g. architecture, art, drama, music, philosophy, poetry, prose fiction) are examined in cultural-historical context.  Prerequisite:  GER 220. (3 credits)

GER 353 / German Studies: Constructing a Modern Nation
A study of German-language literature and culture from the emergence of the first unified German nation-state in the nineteenth century to the present. Intellectual and aesthetic works (e.g. architecture, art, drama, music, philosophy, poetry, prose fiction) are examined in cultural-historical context.  Prerequisite: GER 220. (3 credits)

GER 390 / Seminar in German
A study of selected themes or issues in German literature, language, or civilization. May be repeated for credit if the topic varies. Prerequisite: one course from the following: GER 351, 352 or 353. (3 credits)

GER 489 / The Teaching of World Languages
A study of the methods of teaching world languages in secondary schools. A field component is required. May not be counted toward a major or minor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Prerequisite: admission to Teacher Education. (3 credits)

GER 493 / Senior Seminar
A senior-level capstone course which integrates knowledge and skills from previous German courses. Language skills (speaking, listening, writing, reading) are refined as depth and nuance are added to the understanding of German history, literature, culture and contemporary events. Prerequisites: senior standing and consent of the Chair of the Department. (3 credits)[
/cws_panel]

  • Students who place directly into a course higher than level 204 need not complete level 204 but must complete all other requirements for the major, including the required total of 27 credit hours.
  • Students who plan to teach German in elementary, middle, or secondary schools with a major or minor in German should consult their departmental advisor and the education department for specific requirements.
  • If you are taking an AP course, you may receive credit in German at Valpo. Whether you are in an AP course or not, you will still have the opportunity to earn retroactive credit for your high school work. All incoming freshmen take our German Placement Exam, which places you into the correct course. After you pass that course, you’ll earn four to eight retroactive credits, plus four credits for the Valpo course itself.
 University Assessment Practices

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email