Language Sequence

The language sequence trains students toward proficiency in all German language modalities: speaking, understanding, reading, and writing. From Elementary German I on, students use the language actively and creatively in the classroom while developing accuracy and exploring various aspects of German culture and history. All courses in the language sequence include one hour weekly of intensive oral-aural instruction from a native speaker of German.

Language Placement

Students with previous training in German are required to take the placement test to determine which course is suitable for their level of preparation.

German 101: Elementary German I. Introduction to German language and culture. For students with no previous German language instruction. Four hours per week. Every fall.

German 102: Elementary German II. Continuation of language acquisition in broader contexts. Prerequisite: German 101 with a grade of C- or better, or permission of the instructor. Four hours per week. Every spring.

German 110: Accelerated Elementary German. An intensive course that covers the material normally covered in 101 and 102. For students with prior experience with German or with previous advanced training in another second language. Five hours per week. Every semester. (5 credits)

German 203: Intermediate German I. Third-semester German, with an emphasis on authentic cultural contexts. Prerequisite: 102 or 110 with a grade of C- or better, placement test, or consent of the instructor. Four hours per week. Every semester.

German 204: Intermediate German II. Fourth-semester German. Students attain a comfort level with extended discourse in German within a broad variety of culturally appropriate contexts. Prerequisite: 203 with a grade of C- or better, placement test, or permission of the instructor. Four hours per week. Every semester.

German 305: German through the Media. Students continue to enhance their German language skills while exploring contemporary issues through media, ranging from television shows to internet videos to film, magazines, and newspapers. Prerequisite: 204 with a grade of C- or better, placement test, or permission of the instructor. Four hours per week.