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GR 100 German Semester I
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of German language and the cultures of the German speaking countries. Students will practice the reading, writing, speaking and listening to German and expand their knowledge of our globalized world. GR 100 involves three class meetings and one weekly session of conversation with a Native Speaker. This class will be taught in German.

No prerequisite

GR 150 German Semester II
This course is a continuation of GR 100 that introduces students to the fundamentals of the German language and the cultures of the German speaking countries. Students will practice the reading, writing, speaking and listening to German and gain intercultural competencies. GR 150 involves three class meetings and one weekly session of conversation with a Native Speaker. This class will be taught in German.

Prerequisite: GR 100 or placement

GR 200 German Semester III
This course is a continuation of GR 150 and introduces students to the fundamentals of the German  language and  the cultures of the German speaking countries. Students will practice the reading, writing, speaking and listening to German and gain intercultural competencies. GR 200 involves three class meetings and one weekly session of conversation with a Native Speaker. This class will be taught in German.

Prerequisite: GR 150 or placement

GR 250 German Semester IV
This course is a continuation of GR 200 and allows students through the reading and discussion of intermediate level material in the German language to improve reading and listening comprehension, as well as written and oral proficiency in German. The course focuses on gaining insights into the contemporary culture of Germany and its history. Major historical events, such as WWII, the division of Germany into two countries, the cold war, and finally the fall of the Berlin wall and Germany's reunification have shaped the Germany of today. GR 250 involves three class meetings and one weekly session of conversation with a Native Speaker. This class will be taught in German.

Prerequisite: GR 200 or placement

GR 301 Advanced German I
The primary emphasis is placed on the development of written and spoken German through the discussion of contemporary topics in the German speaking countries (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). An introduction to advanced grammar, vocabulary-building with exercises in composition, syntax and stylistics are included. GR 301 involves three class meetings and one weekly conversation session with a Native Speaker. This class will be taught in German.

Prerequisite: GR 250 or placement

GR 302 Advanced German II
The central goal of this course is to improve students' writing in German through the review and implementation of advanced-level grammar, and the preparation of several drafts per essay. Another goal is to introduce different genres of German texts, as well as to develop media literacy in German that allows students to find texts in the media and read them independently. Students will also have the opportunity to improve listening and oral proficiency by listening to the news and other podcasts, and bring this information into the class discussion. GR 302 involves three class meetings and one weekly conversation session with a Native Speaker. This class will be taught in German.                                

Prerequisite: GR 301 or permission of instructor

GR 320 Tales of the Brothers Grimm
In this course, students will read in German some of the best known and least known of the Grimm Brothers' tales. They will learn some of the ways Märchen ("fairy tales") can be analyzed, understood and retold, and see how some of the Märchen are treated in contemporary media. Grammar and vocabulary of the texts will be attended to, as needed.

Prerequisite: GR 301 or permission of instructor

GR 321 Business German
The main purpose of this course is the reading and discussion of business related items from German speaking countries. Students will have the opportunity to improve reading and listening comprehension, written and oral proficiency in German while getting an insight into the business culture of German companies.

Prerequisite: GR 301 or permission of instructor

GR 322 Contemporary German Storytellers
In this course, students will read a variety of classical Kurzgeschichten ("short stories"), as well as contemporary ones (written after 1989), highlighting major themes, stylistic trends and formal devices, and motifs of the genre. The course emphasizes principles of literary analysis and interpretation, and advances reading, listening (class lecture and discussion), speaking (preparing and giving several short oral presentations, responding to discussion questions), and writing skills (critical analysis tests, and research paper) in German. This class will be taught in German.

Prerequisite: GR 301 or permission of instructor

GR 323 Translating German Prose
This course, conducted in German and English, introduces students to the science and the art of translating. Texts come from a variety of sources: history, philosophy, fine arts, biography, as well as from newspapers and webpages. Students will evolve strategies for dealing with difficult constructions and for using dictionaries effectively.

Prerequisite: GR 301 or permission of instructor

GR 324-325 Special Topics in German
Topics to be arranged