German

Requirements & Courses

  • Major Requirements
    1. Thirty-six credits in German language, civilization and literature beyond GRM 112.
    2. A minimum of one semester of approved international study in a German-speaking country.
    3. Completion with a passing grade of Goethe-Zertifikat B2, Diplom des Europa-Kollegs or their equivalents.
    4. Successful completion of ENG 201 or ENG 225.
    5. Write and defend in open forum an acceptable paper of moderate length reflecting on their study of German, their study abroad experience and how they combine with the mission of a liberal arts education.

    Majors may earn honors in the department by writing a quality senior thesis and defending it in open forum.

  • Minor Requirements
    1. Twenty-four credits in German, which includes one upper-level course in civilization or literature.
    2. Completion with a passing grade of the Zertifikat Deutsch B1, the Zertifikat des Europa-Kollegs or their equivalents.
    3. A semester of international study in a German-speaking country is highly recommended.
  • Teaching Major Requirements
    1. Thirty-four of Alma’s 36-credit-hour major must be beyond GRM 222.
    2. A minimum of one semester of approved international study in a German-speaking country.
    3. Successful completion of ENG 225 (formerly 220) and EDC 445f.
    4. Write and defend in open forum an acceptable paper of moderate length reflecting on their study of German, their study abroad experience and how they combine with the mission of a liberal arts education.
    5. In order to be recommended for teacher certification, students must pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification subject area test in German as well as the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Exam at the Advanced Low level. The Teacher Education Program is proactive about informing students of opportunities for taking these tests.
  • Teaching Minor Requirements
    1. Twenty-three of Alma’s 24-credit-hour minor must be beyond GRM 222.
    2. A semester of international study in a German-speaking country is highly recommended.
    3. Successful completion of ENG 225 (formerly 220) and EDC 445f.
    4. In order to be recommended for teacher certification, students must pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification subject area test in German as well as the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Exam at the Advanced Low level. The Teacher Education Program is proactive about informing students of opportunities for taking these tests.
  • Four credits from GRM 112 or higher, with the exception of practicum or independent study courses, count towards the Distributive Requirements in the Humanities.

Courses

  • GRM
    111
    .
    Beginning German I
    4
    Introduction to German. Primary objective: to enable students to begin early and meaningful communication in German by acquiring necessary basic skills. Emphasizes skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Secondary objective provides insight through participation in German culture and society. (Alma, Germany)
  • GRM
    112
    .
    Beginning German II
    4
    GRM-111 or Permission
    Introduction to German. Primary objective: to enable students to begin early and meaningful communication in German by acquiring necessary basic skills. Emphasizes skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Secondary objective provides insight through participation in German culture and society. (Alma, Germany)
  • GRM
    *
    200
    .
    German Masterpieces
    4
    Reading and discussion of selected works of German literature in English translation, including B�ll, Brecht, Fontane, Goethe, Grass, Hesse, Hochhuth, Hauptmann, Kafka, Th. Mann, Maron, Plenzdorf. Does not count toward major or minor. (Alma)
  • GRM
    *
    221
    .
    Language and Culture
    4
    GRM-112 or Placement
    Continuation of GRM 112 with additional emphasis on reading and writing skills, augmented by detailed study of German contemporary culture. Extensive grammar review and intensive oral-aural practice. Class conducted in German. (Alma and Germany)
  • GRM
    *
    222
    .
    Introduction to Reading
    4
    GRM-221, Placement, or Permission
    Intensive reading and discussion of selected German material of medium difficulty designed to acquaint students with critical reading skills. Emphasis on reading skills, vocabulary acquisition, German syntax and expanded writing skills. (Alma and Germany)
  • GRM
    *
    231
    .
    Composition and Conversation I
    4
    GRM-112 or Permission
    Systematic study of grammar and further development of speaking and writing skills through reading, discussion, intensive laboratory and classroom drill; 24 class periods a week. (Germany)
  • GRM
    *
    232
    .
    Composition and Conversation II
    4
    GRM-112 or Permission
    Systematic study of grammar and further development of speaking and writing skills through reading, discussion, intensive laboratory and classroom drill; 24 class periods a week. (Germany)
  • GRM
    *
    252
    .
    Aspects of German Culture II
    4
    GRM-112 or Permission
    Intermediate level investigation of various aspects of contemporary German civilization and culture through speaking, writing, laboratory exercises, reading exercises and discussion. (Germany)
  • GRM
    *
    299
    .
    Readings in the Arts and Sciences
    1-8
    GRM-112 or Permission
    Designed for students who wish to develop reading abilities in sciences and humanities. Specific readings reflect individual needs and interests. (Alma)
  • GRM
    *
    311
    .
    Advanced Conversation and Composition I
    4
    GRM-222 or Permission
    Refinement and extension of language skills through consideration of contemporary issues and experiences from newspapers, magazines and audio-visual material. Expanded oral composition, extensive and intensive written composition. Review of selected grammatical problems. Laboratory exercises. (Alma and Germany)
  • GRM
    *
    312
    .
    Advanced Conversation and Composition II
    4
    GRM-222 or Permission
    Refinement and extension of language skills through consideration of contemporary issues and experiences from newspapers, magazines and audio-visual material. Expanded oral composition, extensive and intensive written composition. Review of selected grammatical problems. Laboratory exercises. (Alma and Germany)
  • GRM
    *
    313
    .
    Intensive Language Practice
    4
    GRM-222 or Permission
    Review of selected grammatical problems; refinement of speaking, reading and writing skills through extensive classroom and laboratory practice. (Germany)
  • GRM
    *
    315
    .
    Selected 20th Century Authors
    4
    GRM-222 or Permission
    Representative authors of the 20th century such as Mann, Hesse, Grass and B�ll. Problems of literary and human response to transition and flux of modern society are explored. (Alma)
  • GRM
    *
    316
    .
    The German Novelle
    4
    GRM-222 or Permission
    Investigation of the Novelle; its style, historical development and variants in German literature with examples drawn primarily from the 19th and 20th centuries. Readings from Kleist, Brentano, Storm, Stifter, Droste-H�lshoff, Hauptmann, Kafka and Mann. (Alma)
  • GRM
    *
    321
    .
    German Culture and Civilization I
    4
    GRM-222 or Permission
    In-depth investigation of modern German culture and civilization from Bismarck to emergence of National Socialism. (Alma)
  • GRM
    *
    322
    .
    German Culture and Civilization II
    4
    GRM-222 or Permission
    Continuation of German culture and civilization with emphasis on the present; in-depth consideration of current social-political problems and possible solutions; the place of a unified Germany in a new European political-economic order. (Alma)
  • GRM
    *
    341
    .
    Introduction to German Literature
    4
    GRM-311 or Permission
    Introduction to German literature through the study of form and genre. Stress on formal structuring of literature and the communicative process. Examples drawn from a wide range of periods, styles and milieux. Basic literary theory. (Alma)
  • GRM
    *
    350
    .
    Postwar German Short Stories
    4
    GRM-311 or Permission
    The course, conducted in German, investigates the adoption of the genre “Kurzgeschichte” from American literature in postwar German literature and explores how West- and East-German writers, by means of this genre, come to terms with their pasts from 1950s through 1970s. (Alma)
  • GRM
    *
    401
    .
    Advanced Composition and Stylistics I
    4
    GRM-312 or Permission
    Concentration on areas of composition and style, both oral and written, which pose difficulty for the advanced student; emphasis also given to advanced oral practice. (Germany)
  • GRM
    *
    402
    .
    Advanced Composition and Stylistics II
    4
    GRM-401
    Continued oral and written investigation into advanced grammar with attention to individual problems defined in previous study. Reading of contemporary culture and literary sources. Advanced oral practice. (Germany)
  • GRM
    *
    403
    .
    Advanced Composition and Stylistics III
    4
    GRM-402
    Extensive investigation into points of concern for advanced German students, stressing intensive and extensive reading, conversation and writing to allow mastery of stylistic difficulties and idiomatic expressions. Questions and abilities investigated beyond the normal range of German study. (Germany)
  • GRM
    *
    411
    .
    The Age of Goethe
    4
    GRM-341 or Permission
    Study of literature and society surrounding the lifetime of Goethe, generally including the most significant authors and works from 1750-1825.
  • GRM
    *
    412
    .
    Social Engagement in 19th & 20th Century
    4
    GRM-341 or Permission
    Investigation of the significant ideas affecting the individual and position in society, the alteration of expectations, social forces and basic cultural changes as seen in works of authors such as Lenz, B�chner, Hebbel, Heine, Hauptmann, Kafka, Brecht, Grass, B�ll, Hochhuth and Weiss. (Alma)
  • GRM
    *
    420
    .
    Advanced German for Teachers
    2
    Intensive review combined with cultural exposure and a stay abroad. Intended for persons who already possess a good command of German, but especially for high school instructors (Germany) Requires GRM major or minor; prior teaching experience.
  • GRM
    *
    499
    .
    German Independent Study
    4
    Requires senior standing and permission.
  • GRM
    *
    500
    .
    Senior Thesis
    4
    Requires instructor permission.