GERM – German Studies
Note: Courses offered by the department of modern languages are calibrated to the nationally recognized target levels of proficiency defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Details are available from the department.
GERM 121 Beginning German I (4)
Training in understanding the spoken language, reading and the fundamentals of grammar. Includes an introduction to aspects of the culture(s) of German-speaking countries.
GERM 122 Beginning German II (4)
Prerequisite: GERM 121 or equivalent. Continued training in understanding the spoken language, reading and the fundamentals of grammar. Includes an introduction to more aspects of the culture(s) of German-speaking countries.
GERM 240 The German Imagination (3)
Taught in English; also offered as GERM 340. By examining literary and non-literary readings, film, and popular culture, students will be introduced to the development of a particularly German cultural and intellectual tradition. Students who wish to count this course toward the German Studies major or minor or receive 300-level credit must register for GERM 340, which has a prerequisite of GERM 321, and will be assigned alternative course work and readings in German. (LP)
GERM 326 Global Cinema (4)
Prerequisite: GERM 321 or GERM 322 or instructors permission. This course invites students to compare films from different cultural traditions and to learn the language of cinema. Students will learn how film-makers from around the globe have given voice to people and cultures rarely seen in Western film. The course will also explore the ways in which film-makers across the globe and throughout the century have borrowed tools and techniques from each other to create new cross-cultural experiences. Cinema from Europa, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia will be discussed. The course is taught in English with German writing assignments and discussion sections. (ART, GPC). Taught as GERM 390 in the fall of 2018. Students may not also receive credit for FA 226 and FREN 326.
GERM 362 Germany and the Environment (3)
This course will examine Germany’s relationship to the environment in light of its particular political, cultural and business context. Taught in English, with appropriate assignments for students wishing to count this course toward a German Studies major. (GS, GPN)
GERM 390 Topics in German (3)
Offered as needed to meet student needs and interests when these cannot be accommodated by regular offerings. May be taught in English or German, depending on student population, with appropriate assignments for students wishing to count this course toward the German Studies major. May be repeated for credit when the course focuses on a different topic. (GPN)
GERM 489 Senior Capstone (1)
Prerequisite: Completion of study abroad or instructor’s permission. Intended to be taken concurrently with another German Studies course. Students will compile a portfolio including materials for professional use and additional written assignments in German, which demonstrate the students’ critical reflection upon their experiences in Pella and abroad.
GERM 494 Language Teaching Practicum (6-9)
Offers opportunity to apply second-language teaching methodology in small-group setting. Emphasis on oral skill development. Will be supervised by a faculty member. May be repeated. Pass/No Credit basis.
GERM 497 Internship in German (Arr)
The German internship program is designed for the German language student who wants to broaden his/her classroom studies with an actual work experience in a German language environment. Pass/No Credit basis.
GERM 499 Independent Study-German (Arr)
Open to qualified students with departmental approval.