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German at Carthage


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  • GRM 1010

    Elementary German I (MLA)

    This course teaches listening and speaking skills in German through active participation by the students in communicative situations. By the end of the course, students are able to comprehend and communicate orally in a culturally acceptable manner, using basic language structures and common vocabulary relating to everyday topics and communication needs.

  • GRM 1020

    Elementary German II (MLA)

    This course teaches listening, speaking, reading, and some writing skills in German through active participation by the students in a wide variety of communicative contexts. By the end of the course, the students are able to comprehend, communicate orally, read intelligently, and write simply in German, using basic language structures. They will also be able to employ constructively a broad range of vocabulary related to the themes studied and to survival communication and cultural needs.
    Prerequisite: GRM 1010 or equivalent

  • GRM 2010

    Intermediate German I

    This course teaches listening, speaking, reading comprehension, and basic writing skills in sequential development following 1010/1020, using a variety of original texts in German and exposing students to native German speakers and cultural events.
    Prerequisite: GRM 1020 or equivalent

  • GRM 2020

    Intermediate German II

    Expanding on German 2010, this course provides original texts, film media, music, and cross-cultural experiences. Students speak and read using all verb tenses and a broad range of structures and vocabulary. They create original compositions at their level, geared to their interests.
    Prerequisite: GRM 2010 or equivalent

  • GRM 3010

    Advanced German

    This course continues the linguistic and cultural experiences of 2010/2020. Grammar and phonetics are studied in relation to the language skills the students have acquired. Cultural inquiry and current foreign events are emphasized. Original compositions are linked to course goals as well as student interests. Majors and minors are required to pass a target language competency exam during the term in which they take 3010.
    Prerequisite: GRM 2020 or equivalent

  • GRM 3030

    German Conversation

    An opportunity for extended use of the target language to improve oral fluency and proficiency. A wide range of communicative opportunities will encourage active exploration of the target culture. (The course can be repeated for up to a total of 4 credits). S or U.
    Prerequisite: GRM 3010 or consent of department chair

  • GRM 3080

    German-Speaking World: Social, Political, and Economic Issues (HUM)

    Students will learn about social, political, and economic issues affecting the German-speaking world, using a variety of media and texts. Issues will be discussed within the context of the contemporary world, and examination of their historical background will further students' understanding of these issues in their cultural context.
    Prerequisites: GRM 3010 and GRML 3010 or consent of instructor
    Alternate Fall semesters

  • GRM 3090

    German-Speaking World: Cultural and Intellectual Life (HUM)

    Students will study major currents of cultural and intellectual life in German-speaking regions. Topics will range from high culture to daily life. The course will examine the historical background of cultural manifestations. A variety of media including printed texts will guide students' understanding of both past and present cultural life.
    Prerequisites: GRM 3010 and GRML 3010 or consent of instructor
    Alternate Fall semesters

  • GRM 3110

    Interpreting Written Texts (HUM)

    Students will learn to read and discuss in German a range of German texts. They will be exposed to the German literary tradition and learn to interpret textual intentions and assumptions.
    Prerequisites: GRM 3010 and GRML 3010

  • GRM 4010

    Senior Seminar in German

    A capstone experience in which the students will study the theoretical foundations of German studies (cultural as well as literary). They will be introduced to the problems of translation. A major component of the course will be the preparation of an independent research paper, the Senior Thesis, which will culminate in a formal oral presentation of the results of the investigation as well as in a major paper written in German.
    Prerequisites: Senior standing or consent of instructor and GNR 3510

  • GRM 4240

    German Theatre (HUM)

    Students in the course stage a play in German. Students also read and discuss related texts; these include such topics as other plays that contextualize the play being performed or texts expanding on cultural or historical issues raised by it. The course may fulfill a topics course requirement of the major.
    Prerequisites: GRM 3080 or 3090 and 3110 and GNR 3510 or consent of instructor

  • GRML3010

    German Competency Exam

    This is a noncredit, pass-fail course for students who will be taking the German Competency Exam (usually while they are also enrolled in German 3010). A passing grade in this course is required for subsequent upper-division German courses.

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