Courses in German

GMN 101. Elementary German I. Introductory course in German. Aimed at developing basic communicative proficiency in German. Also offers insights into German-speaking cultures.  Fulfills general education requirement: Language. This course does not meet the new "Language and Culture" requirement of the common learning experience. 3 credits.

GMN 102. Language and Culture in the German-Speaking World - Elementary Level. This course is an active and immersive language and culture course, taught almost entirely in German in which students will develop elementary skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in German, awareness of the cultures associated with German.  Fulfills general education requirement: Language. Prerequisite: GMN 101 or placement test. Corequisite: GMN 102L. 4 credits.

GMN 200. Language and Culture in the German- Speaking World - Intermediate Level. This is an active and immersive language and culture course, taught almost entirely in German in which students will develop intermediate-level skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in German, awareness of the cultures associated with German.  Fulfills general education requirement: Language. Prerequisite: GMN 102 or placement test. Corequisite: GMN 200L. 4 credits.

GMN 280. Language and Culture in the German- Speaking World - Advanced Level. Intensive practice and analysis of written and spoken German, including phonetics and phonology. Development of more complex grammatical structures and advanced writing skills through composition assignments. Readings and presentations will prepare students for academic study and successful acculturation in a German-speaking country.   Fulfills general education requirement: Language. Prerequisite: GMN 200 or placement test. 4 credits.

GMN 305. Summer Study in Germany. This four-week German language and culture course provides students possessing intermediate to advanced proficiency with an intensive linguistic and cultural immersion in an authentic German university environment. It combines daily classroom instruction with organized cultural activities and excursions. Language of instruction is German. Offered each summer.  Fulfills general education requirement: Intercultural Diversity. Prerequisite: GMN 200 or equivalent, permission of the instructor. 4 credits.

GMN 345. Introduction to German Linguistics. Introduces students to the study of the linguistic systems of German (syntax, phonology, lexicon and morphology), the diversity of German (regional and social variations inside and outside of Europe), and the interconnectedness of German with culture, society, and identity-formation. Develops intercultural competence (skills needed to successfully communicate in various cultural contexts) through comparison with language use in America.  Fulfills general education requirement: Prerequisite: GMN 280 or placement test with permission of the instructor. 4 credits.

GMN 350. German Culture and Civilization. An overview of German culture, history, and geography. Major cultural values and beliefs will be analyzed and compared to values and beliefs in American culture.  Fulfills general education requirement: Prerequisite: GMN 280 or placement test with permission of the instructor. 4 credits.

GMN 375. German-Language Film. This course will examine significant contributions to cinematic art in German/speaking cultures. Films spanning the century between the silent era and the present day will illustrate how German forms of cinematic expression have contributed to a world-wide cultural heritage.  Fulfills general education requirement: Disciplinary Perspectives. Prerequisite: GMN 280 or placement test or permission of the instructor. In order to receive DSP credit, students must have junior or senior standing. 4 credits.

GMN 380. Global Issues in German-Speaking Societies. Explores current political, social, and economic topics such as immigration, the European Union, rights of minorities, the totalitarian legacy, and globalization.  Fulfills general education requirement: Disciplinary Perspectives. Prerequisite: GMN 280, or placement test and permission of the instructor. 4 credits.

GMN 410. Readings in German. Works of fiction and nonfiction selected to explore a particular topic or theme, analyzing the beliefs and values expressed. Topics may include: Berlin in Literary Imagination; Zeitenwenden; The Image of America in German-speaking cultures.  This course may be repeated for credit as topic changes. Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). Prerequisite: GMN 280 or placement test and permission of the instructor. 4 credits.

GMN 440. German in Pennsylvania. Students discover and study the wealth of German culture in the state of Pennsylvania. In addition to background readings to gain historical and cultural context, students research authentic historical documents, some of which have never been published or translated into English.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). Prerequisite: GMN 280 or placement test with the permission of the instructor. 4 credits.

GMN 460. Genres in German Literature. Works of fiction and nonfiction selected to explore a particular genre (short stories, novella, etc.), analyzing the specific features of the genre and beliefs/values expressed. Examples may include: Comedies from Hroswitha to Jelinek; Lieder from the Minnesanger to Rammstein.  This course may be repeated for credit as topic changes. Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). Prerequisite: GMN 280 or placement test with the permission of the instructor. 4 credits.

GMN 480. Capstone Senior Seminar in German. This course is designed to be a culminating experience for the German major. As such, the focus of the course is on synthesizing knowledge from previous courses into a broad historical and cultural framework. Final project will take the form of an extensive research paper.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisite: At least 20 hours of German credit. 1 credit.