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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015


Approved Courses

The following list includes undergraduate courses that have been approved as of May 2014.  Courses added after that date do not appear in this list.  Courses eliminated after that date may still appear.  Not every course is offered regularly.  Students should consult the Schedule of Classes at www.testudo.umd.edu to ascertain which courses are actually offered during a given semester.

COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM

Number   Eligibility
000-099   Non-credit course
100-199   Primarily freshman course
200-299   Primarily sophomore course
300-399   Junior, senior course not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees
386-387   Campus-wide internship courses; refer to information describing Experiential Learning
400-499   Junior, senior course acceptable for credit toward some graduate degree
500-599   Professional School course (Dentistry, Architecture, Law, Medicine) or post-baccalaureate course
600-899   Course restricted to graduate students
799   Master Thesis credit
899   Doctoral Dissertation credit

 

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Courses in "GERM-Germanic Studies"

GERM - Germanic Studies

GERM 101 Elementary German I (4) Introduction to basic structures and pronunciation by emphasis on the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Readings concern the current lifestyle and civilization of the German-speaking world.

GERM 102 Elementary German II (4) Prerequisite: GERM101; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. A continuation of GERM 101, completing the introduction of basic structures and continuing the involvement with the civilization of the German-speaking world.

GERM 103 Intensive Elementary German (4) Prerequisite: Must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score. Restriction: Must not have completed GERM102; and must not be a fluent/native speaker of German. Credit only granted for: GERM102 or GERM103. Covers speaking, reading, writing, listening, and culture of German-speaking world.

GERM 148 Germanic Languages - Elementary I (3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Basic instruction in a Germanic language other than German; Yiddish and Swedish are offered regularly, Danish, Netherlandic, and Norwegian when demand is sufficient. Subtitle will reflect the language. May be repeated in a different language.

GERM 149 Germanic Languages - Elementary II (3) Prerequisite: GERM148. Continuation of GERM148. May be repeated in a different language. Subtitle will reflect the language.

GERM 169 Special Topics in Study Abroad I (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

GERM 201 Intermediate German I (4) Prerequisite: GERM102. Grammar review and greater mastery of vocabulary, idioms, conversational fluency, and compositional skills. Readings stress the current lifestyle and civilization of the German-speaking world.

GERM 202 Intermediate German II (4) Prerequisite: GERM201. Continuation of GERM201. Grammar review and greater mastery of vocabulary, idioms, conversational fluency and compositional skills. Readings stress the current lifestyle and civilization of the German-speaking world.

GERM 203 Intensive Intermediate German (4) Prerequisite: GERM103; or must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score. Restriction: Must not have completed GERM201; and must not have completed GERM202; and must not be a fluent/native speaker of German. Credit only granted for: GERM202 or GERM203. Covers speaking, reading, writing, listening, and culture of German-speaking world.

GERM 204 German Grammar Review (3) Prerequisite: GERM203; or Must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score. Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of German. An in-depth study and analysis of selected grammatical topics in a contextualized framework.

GERM 248 Germanic Languages Intermediate - I (3) Prerequisite: GERM149. Intermediate instruction in a Germanic language other than German. May be repeated in a different language. Subtitle will reflect the language.

GERM 249 Germanic Languages - Intermediate II (3) Prerequisite: GERM248. Continuation of GERM248. May be repeated in a different language. Subtitle will reflect the language.

GERM 269 Special Topics in Study Abroad II (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

GERM 280 German-American Cultural Contrasts (3) A study of German-American culture in contemporary literature. Taught in English.

GERM 281 Women in German Literature and Society (3) Also offered as: WMST281. Credit only granted for: GERM281 or WMST281. A study of changing literary images and social roles of women from the beginning of the 19th century to the present. Taught in English.

GERM 282 Germanic Mythology (3) An introduction to the religious beliefs of the pagan Germanic peoples. Comparison of Germanic myths with those of other Indo-European peoples. The conversion of the Germania to Christianity and the preservation of pagan beliefs in superstition and literature. Taught in English.

GERM 283 Viking Culture and Civilization (3) An introduction to the lifestyle of northern Europe in the 9th to 11th centuries. Taught in English.

GERM 284 German Chivalric Culture (3) An introduction to the lifestyle of northern Europe in the 12th to 14th centuries. Taught in English.

GERM 285 German Film and Literature (3) A visual approach to German literature through a study of the historical, cultural, and literary significance of German films. Representative examples from the golden age of German silent films to the new German cinema. Taught in English.

GERM 287 Ancient Celtic Culture and Civilization (3) An introduction to the culture and civilization of the Ancient Celts; religion, arts, ethics and law of the continental and island Celts. Focus on the Ulster and Fenian cycles in Ireland; Taliesin, Aneirin and the Mabinogion in Wales. Reconstruction of the lifestyle of the period. Taught in English.

GERM 289 Selected Topics in the Cultures of the Germanic Speaking Countries (3) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Topics in the cultures of the Germanic speaking countries.

GERM 299 Special Topics in Germanic Studies (3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.

GERM 301 Conversation and Composition I: Germany and Its People (3) Prerequisite: GERM204; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Practice in contemporary spoken and written German. Systematic review of grammar, and exercises in composition. Emphasis on cultural contrasts.

GERM 302 Conversation and Composition II: Current Topics in German Society (3) Prerequisite: GERM301; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Further practice in contemporary spoken and written German. Contemporary social, political, and cultural themes.

GERM 315 Practicum in Translation I (3) Prerequisite: GERM204; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Problems and strategies of translation from German to English.

GERM 316 Practicum in Translation II (3) Prerequisite: GERM315; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Continuation of problems and strategies of translation from English to German and German to English.

GERM 319 Selected Topics in Germanic Language Studies (1-3) Prerequisite: GERM203; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.

GERM 320 Survey of German Studies (3) Prerequisite: GERM301; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Approaches to analysis of German cultural products such as literature, film, poetry, architecture and works of art. Taught in German.

GERM 321 Highlights of German Literature I (3) Prerequisite: GERM301; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Selected masterworks from different periods of German literature: Middle Ages, Reformation, Baroque, 18th Century, Classicism. Taught in German.

GERM 322 Highlights of German Literature II (3) Prerequisite: GERM301; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Selected masterworks from different periods of German literature: Romanticism, Biedermeier, Junges Deutschland, Realism, Naturalism and its counter currents, Expressionism to the present. Taught in German.

GERM 331 Kafka and Film: The Uncanny in Literature and Film (3) Also offered as: FILM331. Credit only granted for: GERM331, FILM331, or HONR348K. Analysis of major works by Franz Kafka (1883-1924), his affinity to the cinema and use of cinematic means and techniques (e.g. the gaze, flashback, parallel action, gesture and body language, etc.) in his writings, as well as examination of adaptations of Kafka narratives (e.g. the Orson Welles and David Jones adaptations of 'The Trial,' 1961, 1992) and other films that use Kafkaian themes (e.g. Steven Soderbergh's 'Kafka,' 1991).

GERM 339 German Literature In Translation (3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Selected movements, genres or other special topics in German literature. Readings and instruction in English. May not be counted in the fulfillment of German major requirements in German literature.

GERM 349 Germanic Literatures in Translation (3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Study of an important author, period or theme in a Germanic literature other than German: Yiddish, Netherlandic or Scandinavian. Taught in English.

GERM 360 Women in Scandinavian Literature (3) Prerequisite: Must have completed a literature, culture, diversity course; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Introduction to and examination of women's creative work in Scandinavia from the Middle Ages to the present. Taught in English.

GERM 368 Scandinavian Civilization (3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Literary, artistic and historic traditions, folklore and superstition, customs and lifestyle shared by Scandinavian nations. Taught in English.

GERM 369 Special Topics in Study Abroad III (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

GERM 381 German Civilization I (3) A survey of the literary, educational and artistic traditions, great men and women, customs and general culture of the German-speaking world from the beginnings to the middle of the 18th century. Taught in English.

GERM 382 German Civilization II (3) A continuation of GERM381 covering the development of German, Austrian and Swiss civilizations from the middle of the 18th century to the present. Taught in English.

GERM 386 Experiential Learning (1-6) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Restriction: Junior standing or higher.

GERM 388 Language House Spring Colloquium (1) Restriction: Must be a resident of Language House. Repeatable to 8 credits. For students residing in the Language House Immersion Program. Focuses on the development of skills in the target language and acquiring the cultural knowledge of the countries that speak the target language.

GERM 389 Topics in Germanic Culture (3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Topics in the cultures of the German, Germanic, Indo-European peoples and of their culturally related non-Indo-European neighbors. Taught in English.

GERM 397 Honors Reading (Independent Study) (3) Supervised reading to be taken normally only by students admitted into honors program.

GERM 398 Honors Research (3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Prepares students to write an honors thesis. Under the direction of a German department faculty member, the student will select a thesis topic and conduct the necessary research.

GERM 399 Selected Topics in Germanic Studies (3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.

GERM 401 Advanced Conversation: Germany within Europe (3) Prerequisite: GERM302; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Development of fluency in spoken German. Discussion of contemporary issues related to Germany in context of Europe.

GERM 403 Advanced Composition: German Cultural and Social Issues (3) Prerequisite: GERM302; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Advanced instruction in writing skills. Contemporary and/or historical treatment of cultural and social issues.

GERM 405 Stylistics (3) Prerequisite: GERM302; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Stylistic analysis of oral and written German both literary and non-literary. Intensive study of vocabulary and syntax. Dictionary and composition exercises.

GERM 415 German/English Translation I (3) Restriction: Must not have completed GERM101, GERM102, GERM103, GERM201, GERM202, GERM203, GERM204, GERM301, or GERM302. An intensive presentation of German grammar limited exclusively to reading skill; graded readings in the arts and sciences. Instruction in English; cannot be used to satisfy the arts and humanities foreign language requirement.

GERM 416 German/English Translation II (3) Prerequisite: GERM415; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Written translation of materials from the student's field of study. Discussion of basic problems of German-to-English translation, with examples from students' projects. Instruction in English. Cannot be used to satisfy the arts and humanities foreign language requirement.

GERM 419 Selected Topics in German Language Study (3) Prerequisite: GERM302; and permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.

GERM 421 Literature of the Middle Ages (3) Prerequisite: GERM320, GERM321, or GERM322; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. German literature from the 8th through the 15th centuries. Readings include Old High German texts; the German heroic, courtly and popular epic; Minnesang, Meistersang, the late Medieval epic: folk literature of the late Middle Ages. Read in modern German translation.

GERM 423 From Enlightenment through Storm and Stress (3) Prerequisite: GERM320, GERM321, or GERM322; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Readings of representative authors from the Enlightenment (1720- 1785), the Age of Sentimentalism (1740-1780), and Storm and Stress (1767-1785). Taught in German.

GERM 431 Romanticism and Biedermeier (3) Prerequisite: GERM320, GERM321, or GERM322; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Readings of representative authors from the periods of Romanticism (1798-1835) and Biedermeier (1820-1850). Taught in German.

GERM 432 Junges Deutschland and Realism (3) Prerequisite: GERM320, GERM321, or GERM322; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Readings of representative authors from the periods of Junges Deutschland (1830-1850) and Realism (1850-1890). Taught in German.

GERM 433 Naturalism and Its Counter Currents (3) Prerequisite: GERM320, GERM321, or GERM322; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Readings of representative authors from the period of naturalism and its counter currents (1880-1920). Taught in German.

GERM 434 Expressionism to 1945 (3) Prerequisite: GERM320; or GERM321; or GERM322; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Readings of representative authors from Expressionism through the period between the wars to the contrast of Nazi and Exile Literature (ca. 1910-1945). Taught in German.

GERM 435 From 1945 to the Present (3) Prerequisite: GERM320; or GERM321; or GERM322; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Readings of representative authors from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in the period from the end of World War II to the present. Taught in German.

GERM 436 The Usual Suspects: Criminals in German Literature and Film (3) Prerequisite: GERM320 or GERM322; or permission of instructor. An examination of how historical, cultural and political discourses in German-speaking countries influence social norms and criteria for judging what is considered socially acceptable or "deviant". Texts and films span from the 18th to 21st centuries. Taught in German.

GERM 439 Selected Topics in German Literature (3) Prerequisite: GERM320, GERM321, or GERM322; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Special study of an author, school, genre, or theme. Taught in German.

GERM 449 Selected Topics in Germanic Studies (3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Study of a linguistic, literary or cultural topic in Yiddish, Netherlandic, or Scandinavian studies.

GERM 461 Reading Swedish, Danish and Norwegian I (3) Develops reading facility in three languages in one semester, using modern Scandinavian texts from a variety of fields.

GERM 463 The World of the Viking Sagas (3) An in-depth analysis of the Old Norse/Viking sagas of Medieval Scandinavia as literature historiography and folklore. Readings include Sagas of the Icelanders, Kings Sagas and Heroic/Mythical Sagas. Taught in English.

GERM 472 Introduction to Germanic Philology (3) Prerequisite: GERM202; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Reconstructed proto-Germanic and surveys of Gothic, Old Norse, Old English, Old Saxon. The development of High German from the Old High German period through Middle High German to modern German; a short introduction to modern German dialectology. Taught in English.

GERM 473 Variation in Contemporary German Language (3) Prerequisite: GERM302; or permission of instructor. Also offered as: GERM673. Credit only granted for: GERM473, GERM489M, or GERM673. Formerly: GERM489M. Examines the unique, multilingual society that is modern Germany, exploring issues such as regional varieties, gendered language, language reform (and resistance to it), public and media speech, the influence of American English on colloquial speech and in specific fields, and the problems of immigrant communities acquiring both dialect and standard German.

GERM 475 Old Norse (3) The language of the old Icelandic saga, the Eddas and Skaldic poetry. Reading of texts in the original; historical development of Old Norse and its role in the Germanic language family. No knowledge of German or a Scandinavian language required. Taught in English.

GERM 479 Selected Topics in Germanic Philology (3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Selected topics such as comparative Germanic studies, Old Norse language or readings in Old Norse literature, modern German dialectology.

GERM 489 Selected Topics in Area Studies (1-3) Prerequisite: GERM302; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.

GERM 498 Honors Thesis Writing (3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Required for students pursuing departmental honors in Germanic languages and literatures. Under the direction of a German department faculty member, students write their honors theses.

GERM 499 Directed Study (1-3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.

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