Undergraduate Course Descriptions

GER 101 - Beginning German I
Introduction to German language and culture, developing basic communication skills for learners with no prior knowledge of German (not including GER courses offered in English for General Education).
GER 102 - Beginning German II
Introduction to German language and culture, extending basic communication skills (second semester).
GER 111 - Beginning Intensive German
Accelerated introduction to German language and culture, developing basic communication skills (equivalent to GER 101 and GER 102).
GER 114 - Learning a Foreign Language
The goal of the course is to provide students with important tools to help them become successful foreign language learners. Students will become familiar with basic elements of language such as parts of speech and the pronunciation of new sounds as a means of enabling them to anticipate and effectively deal with problems in pronunciation, vocabulary building, and sentence formation that often come up in foreign language study. They will also learn about the intertwining of culture and language, such as how expressions of politeness and body language differ across cultures. They will also be exposed to different language teaching and learning styles, typical mistakes language learners make, and strategies for making language learning more effective.  This information will be presented in the context of the wide variety of languages taught at the University of Arizona. Taught in English.
GER 150A1 - Becoming Multilingual: Learning and Maintaining Two or More Languages
This course explores the human ability to acquire and maintain two, three, or more languages over a lifetime (i.e., the ability to become multilingual). It examines the factors that contribute to successful language learning and maintenance and that counteract language forgetting and loss. It discusses ways (methods, approaches, and strategies) through which languages can be taught in child- and adulthood, in family and school settings, and demonstrates the importance of multilingual and multicultural skills in a variety of professions. At the end of the course, participants will have gained insights that will help them make informed decisions with respect to their own language learning and use while in college, in their professional careers, and in their (future) families. Taught in English.
GER 150B1 - Becoming Transcultural: Maximizing Study Abroad
Through case studies on a wide variety of cross-cultural encounters, the complexities and potency of study abroad are analyzed using theories from applied linguistics, intercultural communication, and sociology.  Students will learn how to apply these theories to their own international experiences/goals. Taught in English.
GER 160A1 - From Animation to Zombies: The Ethics, (Bio)Politics and Aesthetics of Defining Life
This course invites you to probe the diverse definitions of one of the most central terms of human existence: “life.” In order to understand and critically examine what constituted life in diverse contexts and times, and how these definitions have been shaping the way life is treated, we will engage with different schools of thought and a variety of materials and media that help us determine the ethical, (bio)political, and aesthetic consequences of defining life and its limits. Taught in English.
GER 160C1 - German Speaking World
This course will introduce the history and culture of the German-speaking world from the Middle Ages to the present. There will be reading about the historical events and developments that have shaped this part of Europe, and some literary and other cultural texts that reflect those developments. No knowledge of German is required, and all readings, lectures, and discussions will be in English.
GER 160D1 - Eroticism and Love in the Middle Ages
Courtly love was a discovery of the High Middle Ages and became the dominant theme in literature, the arts, philosophy, and even in religion. This course will examine the concept of love as discussed by medieval poets from the 11th through the 15th centuries and cover the wide spectrum of European history culture seen through the lenses of the theme of "love." Taught in English.
GER 160D2 - Gesundheit! Health and Well-Being in German-Speaking Cultures
In this course, students critically examine representations of health and well-being (e.g., bodies, (dis-)ability and care) in literature, film, drawings, photography, and other popular media with a particular focus on German language choices, history, and culture. Whether drawing on examples of bodies as sites of pain in the Middle Ages or the logic of homeopathy as "like can cure like," students will analyze performances of "healthy" bodies in the German-speaking world and interrogate how language is used in these contexts from the past to the present. Taught in English.
GER 199 - Independent Study
Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
GER 201 - Intermediate German I
Introduction to German language and culture, refining communication skills (third semester).
GER 202 - Intermediate German II
Topic-based practice of communication skills in German (listening, reading, speaking, writing), systematic review of German grammar (fourth semester).
GER 211 - Intermediate Intensive German
Intensive practice of communication skills in German (listening, reading, speaking, writing), systematic review of German grammar (equivalent to GER 201 and GER 202).
GER 233 - Fascism and Resistance: Propaganda and Ideology in German Literature and Culture
In this course, students will critically examine the language of fascist propaganda in literature, film, speeches, and pamphlets, with a particular focus on German history and culture. Drawing on examples of active resistance to the logic of fascist ideology, students will analyze performances of propaganda and interrogate the power of language from the past to the present. Taught in English.
GER 242 - Thinkers and Dreamers: Challenges of the Imagination in German History
Grand global challenges require broad thinking. For centuries, philosophers, theologians, playwrights, and poets writing in German have grappled with questions of the human condition. From theologian Martin Luther to the political theorist Hannah Arendt, from the philologist Friedrich Nietzsche to the dancer Pina Bausch,German thinkers and dreamers have been exploring the possibilities and limitations of the human intellect in action. This course takes a wide-angle look at what German-speaking intellectual history can tell us about the contemporary world, and about the complex cultural and social history leading up to today. Taught in English.
GER 244 - Language and Power
Introduction to the analysis of language-in-use and its relationship to broader topics in the humanities, literary studies, cultural studies, and applied linguistics. Draws on intercultural texts and perspectives originating in the German-language context. Classes will focus on theories of language in social context, and on a particular literary text emanating from the German-speaking tradition. Taught in English.
GER 246 - German Culture, Science, and Technology
This course explores shifting attitudes towards science, technology, nature, and the environment in the German-speaking world, through a range of cultural works (e.g., media documents, literary texts, films). In addition to examining the ways in which technological and ecological ethics have changed over time, the course considers what roles cultural works have played in public debates around scientific discoveries and technological advances. Taught in English.
GER 272 - Changing the World: Ideas, Experiences, and Stories in the German-Speaking Tradition
How did the world become the way we know it today? Who or what shifted existing ideas and ways of thinking? Which watershed moments forever altered the future? This course features ideas that changed the world, experiences that left nobody the same, and stories that made a difference through the lens of the German-speaking world. It explores key moments of the German-speaking tradition and their relevance for today through culture, history, literature, and art. Taught in English.
GER 273 - Wicked Tales and Strange Encounters: German Romanticism and Beyond
An introduction to major 19th century artists, writers, and composers of German speaking countries. Focuses on their works and our responses to them. Taught in English.
GER 276 - Crisis and Rebellion: Germany and Beyond
What innovations can a moment of extreme crisis bring to a society? From the radicals and reactionaries of Weimar Berlin to the student movements of the 1960s and the fall of the Berlin Wall, German society has born witness to unprecedented traumatic and regenerative moments of social crisis and creative rebellion. Focusing on the economic, aesthetic, moral, and political transformations, this course explores how deep collective uncertainty can lead to booms of creativity across boundaries in music, literature, fine arts, pop culture, architecture, and film. Taught in English.
GER 278 - Medieval Answers to Modern Problems
Discussion of essential texts from the Middle Ages which offer fundamental answers, such as gender, class conflicts, death, happiness, and God. Gender is treated as an analytical topic. Taught in English.
GER 299 - Independent Study
Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
GER 299H - Honors Independent Study
Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
GER 301 - German Cultural and Literary History
German 301 is an intermediate/advanced course for students to expand their knowledge of the cultural history of the German speaking countries. The course advances students’ ability to discuss and write critically about literature, film, and other cultural artifacts related to key moments in German history. Taught in German.
GER 302 - German Conversations
German 302 is an intermediate/advanced language course designed for students who wish to learn about contemporary Germany and improve their conversation skills including their listening and speaking competencies and pragmatic sensibilities. This course is not open to speakers of German as their first language. Taught in German.
GER 303 - German through Contemporary Media
German 303 is an intermediate/advanced course designed to foster students' language abilities through contemporary cultural works, e.g. short stories, podcasts, music, and digital texts. The course emphasizes the development of literacy and intercultural awareness. This course is not open to speakers of German as their first language. Taught in German.
GER 310 - Present Day German: Its Structure and Uses
Overview of current topics in the analysis of German, including phonetics/phonology, morphology, syntax, the lexicon, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics. This course is not open to speakers of German as their first language. Taught in German.
GER 311 - German through Performance
German 311 is an intermediate/advanced course, in which students explore the range of German expression through performative works, e.g. theater, television, and film. The focus is on spoken language use, social interaction, and the performance of speech. Taught in German.
GER 312 - War, Death, and the Hero: Medieval Epics: Beowulf, Nibelungenlied, and Rolandslied
Introduces students to at least three of the most important European/German heroic epics and challenges them in their thinking about war and death, and the role of the hero. Taught in English.
GER 315 - German for Professional Purposes
German 315 is an intermediate/advanced course for students who want to develop linguistic and cultural proficiency skills related to professional life in German-speaking countries. The emphasis is on practical, career-oriented competencies, e.g., interviews, job search and application materials, workplace communication and presentation, etc. Taught in German.
GER 320 - History of Tolerance from the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century and Beyond
Today, more than ever, we need to discuss and explore the topic of tolerance, and examine the roots of this philosophical and ethical approach to human life. We will trace the discourse on toleration and then tolerance from biblical times through the Middle Ages until the late eighteenth century, giving equal weight to ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and Enlightenment texts, such as romances, poetry, treatises, plays, and prose novellas. The course intends to educate students about the history of tolerance and make them to experts in the relevant discourse. Taught in English.
GER 325 - History of German Cinema
The important films in the development of German cinema of the pre-1945 period and the cinema of the Federal Republic of Germany after 1945 to the present. Taught in English.
GER 327 - Recycling Culture: Environmentalism Made in Germany
Germany is often hailed as a world leader in environmentalism in the American news. Germany’s sustained environmentalist practices rely not only on laws and business incentives, they have also been shaped by and continue to create a culture of environmentalism. This course will unpack environmentalist culture in Germany by examining its current expressions, its sources in the past, and its stake in the future, while comparing these findings to US attitudes toward the environment. Taught in English.
GER 371 - Contemporary German Culture
This course introduces students topics that shape contemporary Germany. We will examine a broad range of topics addressed in films, literature, public debates and consider Germany's role in a global setting. Taught in English.
GER 373 - Women's Fiction in Twentieth-Century Germany
Introduction to a variety of twentieth-century women writers and film makers in German-speaking countries. Texts will range from literary works to essays, films, and videos of theater performances. Taught in English.
GER 375 - The Birth of the Modern: Culture and Politics in Turn-of-the-Century Vienna
Explores how some of the defining currents of twentieth-century modernism in literature, music, the visual arts, and psychology arose from the political and social chaos in Vienna and the Habsburg Monarchy around 1900. Taught in English.
GER 376 - German-Jewish Writers
Focuses on the contributions of Jewish writers to German culture. Taught in English.
GER 379 - Religion in German Culture
Introduction to major cultural figures of German speaking countries who have seen, imagined, or experienced what role religion may or can play in human life. Taught in English.
GER 380 - The Middle Ages: The Enigmatic Precursor to Modern Europe
Introduction to the culture and literature of the Middle Ages, seen through a large variety of poems, treatises, epics, art works, sculptures, and also music. The course will combine historical with literary and art-historical perspectives.
GER 392 - Directed Research
Individual or small group research under the guidance of faculty.
GER 393 - Internship
Integrates specific student interest in German with hands-on experience in an internship of at least 45 hours per semester. Consent is required for enrollment. Qualifies for Engagement credit.
GER 399 - Independent Study
Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
GER 399H - Honors Independent Study
Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
GER 411 - Dealing with the Past
Examines how German writers, artists, or filmmakers have sought to come to terms with the past. Taught in German.
GER 412 - Tales of Love
Focuses on a wide range of narratives from various historical periods dealing with representations of love. Taught in German.
GER 416 - "Minority" Views in German Culture
Germany as a multicultural society, critical exploration of "minority" voices and the construction of identity within a dominant culture, through literature, film, and essays. Taught in German.
GER 420 - Topics in German Culture
This course highlights a particular topic in German culture of the present and/or past, featuring works from literature, visual culture, and other cultural artifacts. Taught in German.
GER 422 - When African Americans Came to Berlin
The course explores the presence of African Americans in Berlin and the social, historical contexts in which these transcultural exchanges took place. It looks at the fascinating history of African Americans in Berlin from artists and musicians to writers, scientists and political activists; when African Americans came to Berlin, life for them at home and abroad changed forever. Questions of race, gender and cultural interactions throughout the twentieth century are investigated. Germany will be looked at through the encounter with African Americans and the discourses of celebration and/or fear that emerged. Taught in English.
GER 430 - Crossing Borders/Crossing Cultures
Focuses on the topic of cultural boundaries: investigates such themes as travel writing, unification, postmodernism, and cross-cultural dialogue. Taught in German.
GER 440 - Images of Jews and Judaism in German Culture
Ways in which Jews, Judaism, and Jewishness have been represented in German texts. Students taking this course for German Studies credit must have advanced proficiency in German. Taught in English.
GER 450 - Construction of Identity
Explores constructions of personal, cultural, religious, social, gender, and national identity in German culture by looking at a variety of texts. Taught in German.
GER 455/555 - Music and German Literature
The interrelationship between music and German literature from the 18th through the 20th century. Concentrates on major works of German drama, poetry and prose, and their musical settings. Lectures in English. Readings primarily in English, some German. Students taking GER 455/555 for German Studies credit must have advanced proficiency in German.
GER 459 - German Politics
This course will introduce students to Germany's politics and society. Starting with a survey of modern German history from World War II until today, the course continues with a discussion of its political system and selected policies such as immigration and energy policy. Germany's post-war history, politics and policies are deeply interwoven with Europe. The increasingly prominent German role in the European Union and the world will also be analyzed. The class ends with a unit on Berlin, the artistic and multicultural capital of Europe. Students taking this class are expected to engage in class readings and discussions, develop and prepare their own research paper and present them to their peers. Prior knowledge of German is helpful, but not a requirement.
GER 461/561 - The Task of the Translator
This course combines insights from Translation Studies, applied linguistics, and German cultural / literary studies in order to develop skills and experience in translating  literary and non-literary genres, including song texts, short essays, advertising texts, everyday speech, and historical artifacts. The course explores how to negotiate literal and connotative meaning across codes, idioms, cultures, communities, and symbolic systems and the idea of “being a translator” as an everyday social and cultural practice. 
GER 475/575 - Advanced German Usage
Practical training in writing and speaking German through the study of the more complex refinements of German grammar and style, as found in representative texts. Taught in German.
GER 480/580 - Applied Linguistics for German as a Foreign Language
Issues in and methods of applied linguistics with emphasis on Germanic languages. Student taking GER 480/580 for German Studies credit must have advanced proficiency in German. 
GER 492 - Directed Research
Individual or small group research under the guidance of faculty.
GER 494A - Practicum: German Studies
The practical application, on an individual basis, of previously studied theory and the collection of data for future theoretical interpretation. Taught in English.
GER 496C/596C - Culture (Milestones in German Literature and Culture)
The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.  Provides an overview of significant historical events or milestones that shaped Germany from the Middle Ages to the present, and the interaction of those events with products and processes of literature and culture. For seniors (capstone) and MA students only. Taught in German.
GER 498 - Senior Capstone
A culminating experience for majors involving a substantive project that demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in the major, including broadly comprehensive knowledge of the discipline and its methodologies. Senior standing required. Taught in German.
GER 498H - Honors Thesis
An honors thesis is required of all the students graduating with honors. Students ordinarily sign up for this course as a two-semester sequence. The first semester the student performs research under the supervision of a faculty member; the second semester the student writes an honors thesis.
GER 499 - Independent Study
Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
HNR 400 - The Multilingual Subject
What does it mean to live in more than one language? Is “being multilingual” a personal talent, a burden of circumstance, a political necessity, a source of pleasure and knowledge, or a curse of history? In the new interdisciplinary honors seminar "The Multilingual Subject", Students will work with a range of philosophical, literary, historical, cognitive-scientific, and filmic texts in order to gain a richer understanding of the human condition in multiple-language settings and situations. Students will seek to discover how competence in more than one language has enriched intellectual traditions, given rise to new aesthetic forms, and changed the course of history. Considering how many University of Arizona students engage in spontaneous translation and “code-switching” on a daily basis, the goal of this course is to provide you with a conceptual vocabulary through which to identify and analyze the many benefits—and dilemmas—of living in multiple languages. Taught in English.