Elements of German I
Designed to give students a firm foundation in the language: grammar, vocabulary, composition, and oral practice. Course will develop reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Course focuses on communicative approach, stressing contemporary cultural issues and using authentic texts and materials. Four contact hours with instructor. Prerequisite: placement. A minimum grade of C- must be attained to advance to the next level. Fall semester. Larkey or Krüger.
Elements of German II
A continuation of previous work with abundant oral and aural practice, course focuses on communicative approach stressing contemporary cultural issues. Four contact hours with instructor, Prerequisite: GER 110 with a minimum grade of C-. Spring semester. Larkey or Krüger.
Gateway to Germany
This is a seven-week required precursor course for students participating in the intensive course abroad in Berlin, Germany. The course is taught in English and focuses on cultural and language preparation for an intensive study-abroad experience. All students going to Berlin must enroll in this course. Prerequisite: GER 120 or instructor's permission. Highly recommended in combination with GER 250. This course is graded pass/no pass only. Spring semester. Larkey.
(4 Cr.) (LER-FL)
A continuation of GER 110 and GER 120, this course focuses on the further acquisition of linguistic skills (understanding oral and written German, speaking, and writing) taught in cultural context. Course reviews and expands fundamentals of grammar, concentrates on vocabulary building and active use of the language. In addition to reading contemporary texts, the course focuses on communicative approach, stressing contemporary cultural issues. Four contact hours with instructor. Prerequisite: GER 120 with a minimum grade of C-. Fall semester. Larkey or Krüger.
Intermediate German-Berlin, Germany
(4 Cr.) (LER-FL and LER-SA)
A three-week intensive course in Berlin. Students will take daily German language and cultural Classes at the Neue Schule, and will visit numerous cultural and historical sites. Berlin, one of the most exciting European cities, provides a rich culture and unique history, as well as many opportunities for casual and formal conversation. Excursions will bring to life many of the topics covered in the course. To get a genuine taste of German life and to practice the language, all students will stay with host families. Prerequisite: GER 129 and GER 120 with a minimum grade of C-. Highly recommended: GER 250. May/June. Krüger and Larkey.
Modern German History: From Unification to Unification
(3 Cr.) (LER-TXT)
German reunification (1990) has transformed a range of recent and continuing debates on recent German history, including the character of the Wilhelmine Empire, the outbreak of World War I, fascism, the Holocaust, and the post-1945 German states. The course develops a framework for understanding the controversies relating to issues of national identity and collective memory that shape the writing of this history. Readings and discussions in English. Prerequisite: HIS 117 recommended. Variable semesters. Department.
Conversation and Composition
(4 Cr.) (LER-TXT)
Special topics: Development of conversation and writing skills through the study and discussion of written and visual texts, shorts, and full-length films. The course will provide insights into contemporary cultural, social, and political topics. Students will write professional letters, essays, editorials, film reviews, analyze short texts and films, and give presentations in German. The course will emphasize vocabulary acquisition, active use of idiomatic expressions, conversation, grammatical concepts, and composition. May be repeated if topic is different. Prerequisite: GER 130 with a minimum grade of C- (or equivalent). Fall semester. Larkey.
Introduction to German, Austrian and Swiss Literatures and Writers. Rotating Topics
(3 Cr.) (LER-TXT)
The course acquaints students with major literary movements, influential texts and authors in the 20th and 21st century. In addition, students explore the historical contexts in which these texts were written. Special attention is given to reading strategies, introduction to textual analysis, and improving speaking and listening skills. Students will read literary texts such as poems, short stories, and novels, produce short papers (e.g. book reviews, film reviews, and response papers), and give presentations in German. Taught in German. May be repeated if topic is different. Prerequisite: GER 130 with a minimum grade of C- (or equivalent). Spring semester. Krüger.
Special Topics in Modern German Culture
(4 Cr.) (LER–TXT AND DIV)
Rotating topics in German film and culture of the 20th century: Berlin-divided and united; survey of 20th-century German and Austrian culture; Berlin-Vienna: two metropolises in the 20th century; Multicultural Germany. Readings and discussions in English. Highly recommended for students taking GER 130G in Berlin. May be repeated if topic is different. Spring semester.Larkey.
Jews in Germany From the Enlightenment to the Rise of the Nazi Regime
(3 Cr.) (LER-TXT)
This course focuses on the history of German Jews from the period of emancipation in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century to the end of the Weimar Republic. We will examine the role of German Jews in German politics, economic life, and culture; Jewish enlightenment ("Haskalah"); the rise of anti-Semitism in the nineteenth century; the rise of the Reform movement; Jewish assimilation and its discontents; and the Weimar Jewish Renaissance. Fall semester. Larkey.
Holocaust Testimonies: History and Memory
(3 Cr.) (LER-TXT)
This course focuses on the history of the Holocaust through personal testimonies. It considers the challenges of documenting the Holocaust in a period of declining numbers of Holocaust survivors. Central to this course is the examination of interviews that Goucher students conducted with local Holocaust survivors. Other sources used in this course include other Oral History video collections, letters, diaries, and artistic representations. In addition to these primary sources the course explores recent scholarly works on the topics of testimonies, trauma and memory. Fall semester. Larkey.
History, Literature, and Film on the Holocaust
(4 Cr.) (LER-TXT)
Beginning with the historical factors that led to the Holocaust, this course further focuses on the analysis of literary works (memoirs, diaries, poems, fiction, etc.) and films (documentaries and features) on the Holocaust within the historical context of World War II. Readings and discussions in English (films with English subtitles). Spring semester. Larkey.
Intensive Course Abroad
(3 Cr.) (LER-SA)
HIGH-INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED GERMAN-BERLIN, GERMANY A three-week intensive course in Berlin, Germany. After an online placement test, students will take daily German language classes at the Neue Schule and will visit numerous cultural and historical sites. Berlin, one of the most exciting European cities, provides a rich culture and unique history, as well as many opportunities for casual and formal conversation. Excursions will bring to life many of the topics covered in the course. To get a genuine taste of German life and to practice the language, all students will stay with host families. Prerequisite: GER 130 with a minimum grade of C-. Highly recommended: GER 250. May-June. Krüger and Larkey.
Internship in German
This course is graded pass/no pass only. Department.
This course is designed for students who wish to minor in German and have acquired the necessary credits. The selection of topics is closely linked to the students’ direction of study and can be broadened or narrowed as needed. All readings are in German. Emphasis is on independent research and seminar papers. Use of the Internet is strongly encouraged. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Variable semesters.Department.
German courses at Loyola College and Johns Hopkins University may count toward the minor in German.
- GER 201. German Composition and Conversation (if Goucher GER 234 is unavailable)
- GER 216.02. Reading Strategies
- GER 315.01. Modern German Short Story
- GER 358. Modern German Drama
For other courses, consult the Loyola College and the Johns Hopkins University catalogues.