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. 3 credits.

GMN 102. Elementary German II. Second semester of introductory course in German.   Fulfills general education requirement: Language. Prerequisite: GMN 101 or equivalent. 3 credits.

GMN 201. Intermediate German I. Reviews topics typically covered in a first-year German course and continues to develop proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing while exploring the cultures of German-speaking people.  Fulfills general education requirement: Language. Prerequisite: GMN 102 or equivalent. 3 credits.

GMN 202. Intermediate German II. Second semester of intermediate German.   Fulfills general education requirement: Language. Prerequisite: GMN 201 or equivalent. 3 credits.

GMN 299. Orientation to Study in a German- Speaking Country. Independent study that prepares students for academic study and successful acculturation in a German-speaking country. Required in the term prior to departure on an LVC-approved Study Abroad semester program.  Prerequisite: GMN 202 or permission of the instructor. Acceptance into an LVC-approved Study Abroad semester program. 1 credit.

GMN 300. Advanced Oral Communication. Intensive practice in spoken German. Discussions on a wide range of topics related to German life and contemporary society.  Prerequisite: GMN 202 or placement into 300-level or higher, according to the placement test. 3 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 202 or equivalent, permission of the instructor. 4 credits.

GMN 310. Advanced Grammar and Writing. Discussion of advanced and complex grammatical structures. Intensive practice in written German. Development of advanced writing skills through composition assignments. Introduction to a variety of writing styles.  Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Prerequisite: GMN 202 or placement into 300-level or higher, according to the placement test. 3 credits.

GMN 330. Introduction to German Literature. This is an introduction to literary studies in German. The course will provide the student with the basic concepts, methods, tools, and terminology used in textual analysis and literary criticism. Readings by representative authors writing in German from different periods and regions will come from four genres: poetry, short story, novel, and drama.   Fulfills general education requirement: Writing Process. Liberal Studies Area 5 (Literature and Fine Art). Prerequisite: GMN 202 or equivalent. 3 credits.

GMN 345. Introduction to German Linguistics. Introduces students to the study of the systems of German: syntax, phonology, lexicon and morphology and language as a social construct. Regional varieties of German spoken in Europe and other regions, especially America, as well as German in contact with other languages will be considered.considered.  Prerequisite: GMN 300. 3 credits.

GMN 350. German Culture and Civilization. An overview of German culture, history, and geography.  Prerequisite: GMN 202 or equivalent. 3 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 202 or equivalent or permission of the instructor. In order to receive DSP credit, students must have junior or senior standing. 3 credits. [This course is cross-listed with DSP 376]

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 202 (German majors or minors;) GLB 101 (Global Studies majors or minors;) or permission of the instructor. Junior or Senior standing 3 credits. [This course is cross-listed with DSP 382]

GMN 410. Readings in German. Works of fiction and nonfiction selected to explore a particular topic or theme.  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 202 or equivalent. 3 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 300-level course, or equivalent. 3 credits.

GMN 460. Themes and Genres in German Literature. Varying topics which focus on particular themes or genres in German literature. Examples may include: Comedies from Hroswitha to Jelinek; Berlin in the Literary Imagination; Lieder from the Minnesanger to Rammstein; Zeitwenden.  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 300-level or equivalent. 3 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.