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Course Catalog

+GS 101 First Semester German - 3 credits
Acquaints the student with the German-speaking world through experience in the five language skills of understanding, speaking, reading, writing and culture.

+GS 102 Second Semester German - 3 credits
Continuation of GS 101. Prerequisite: GS 101 or equivalent score on placement test.

+GS 103 Accelerated Beginning German - 5 credits
Combines the course content of the first two semesters of basic German (101 & 102) in one semester of accelerated study. This course acquaints students with the basic language skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing of simple non-literary German prose on high-frequency topics. Learning and language practice occurs in the context of geographical and cultural topics of interest in the German-speaking world. Instructor's permission or appropriate score on placement test.

GS 201 Third Semester German - 3 credits
Review and greater mastery of written and spoken German. Readings of German texts. Grammar review. Prerequisites: GS101, 102 or equivalent score on placement exam.

GS 202 Fourth Semester German - 3 credits
Continuation of GS 201. Prerequisites: GS 101, 102 and 201 or equivalent score on placement exam.

GS 301 Advanced German I - 3 credits
Advanced study of grammar, style and syntax. Development of both written and oral skills. Emphasis on acquiring composition skills. Readings from collections of short stories. Prerequisite: GS 202.

GS 302 Advanced German II - 3 credits
Continuation of GS 301 with greater emphasis on conversational skills and use of colloquial German. Readings from German texts, television and radio. Prerequisite: GS202 suggested.

GS 303 German Short Story - 3 credits
Readings and discussions from a variety of authors, including the Grimm Brothers, Böll, Grass and Borchert. Designed primarily to develop and enhance literacy in German. Prerequisite: GS 202.

GS 304 German Film - 3 credits
German films and documentaries that deal with World War II and its aftermath. Investigation of how Germans are attempting to come to terms with their past and how they continue to struggle to re-define themselves. Prerequisite: GS 202.

GS 310 Special Topics in German - 3-9 credits
Topics, sometimes a literary genre or period, which are dealt with in more detail than is possible in a survey of literature course, or work in syntax or vocabulary building as a means of expression, or problematic points in grammar. Topics to be announced. May be repeated if topics are different. Prerequisites: GS 301, 302 or equivalent on placement exam.

GS 320 Independent German - 1-6 credits
Department approval. Repeatable. Prerequisites: GS301, 302 or equivalent  

+ = Applicable toward general education degree requirements
WI = Writing intensive course