German Studies Program

  • Department Information

    German Studies Program

    Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

    Kathrin Bower, Section Coordinator
    Professor Bower
    Assistant Professor Weist
    Affiliated Faculty: Thomas Bonfiglio (Comparative Literature & Linguistics), David Brandenberger (History), Michelle Kahn (History), Martin Sulzer-Reichel (Arabic Studies)

    This section contains information specific to the degree programs in German studies. For full information regarding departmental policies relevant to all the LLC degree programs, study abroad, and course sequencing, see the main page of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

  • Major

    The German Studies Major

    Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the major must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade below C- (1.70).

    Nine courses, including:

    GERM 301 Conversation and Composition

    GERM 321 Introduction to German Literature

    Two additional 300-level courses in German

    Two 400-level courses in German (if the student transfers in a 400-level course from a study abroad program, one 400-level course must be taken after return from study abroad)

    Three additional courses from the list below, or a combination of additional courses in German at the 300-level or above taken at Richmond or as approved transfer credit. Note: CLAC in German is required for any course taught in English.

    GERM 202 Intermediate German (only if taken at the University of Richmond or on an approved program)

    HIST 199 Europe’s Migration Crisis

    HIST 199 Nazi Germany

    HIST 233 Reformation Europe

    HIST 242 Modern Germany

    HIST 248 Europe in Crisis, 1881-1949

    HIST 249 Cold War Europe, 1945-1991

    HIST 323 Gender and Sexuality in Europe

    LING 203 Introductory Linguistics

    LLC 256 Psychoanalysis, Literature, and Culture

    LLC 265/FMST 265 German Cinema

    LLC 360 Representing the Holocaust

    LLC 390 Performing Sex and Gender

    PLSC 344 Europe Today

    Students are expected to fulfill all prerequisites necessary for courses within the major. Prerequisites do not count toward the major unless otherwise noted.

    The Residency Requirement

    For all German Studies majors, at least five of the nine courses required for the major must be taken on the University of Richmond campus. Majors must take at least one 400-level class on campus after studying abroad, regardless of whether or not they have sufficient credits to fulfill the major or minor requirements.

  • Minor

    The German Studies Minor

    Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the minor must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade below C- (1.70). Up to three classes may be transferred in toward the minor. Minors must take at least one 400-level class on campus after studying abroad, regardless of whether or not they have sufficient credits to fulfill the minor requirements.

    Five courses, including:

    GERM 301 Conversation and Composition

    GERM 321 Introduction to German Literature

    One 400-level course in German

    Two additional courses from the list below or as approved transfer credit in German at the 300-level or above. Note: CLAC in German is required for any course taught in English.

    GERM 202 Intermediate German (only if taken at the University of Richmond or on an approved program)

    GERM 314 German through Theater

    GERM 333 Heimathorror

    GERM 365 Rebels with a Cause: Political Satire

    GERM 397 Selected Topics

    LLC 256 Psychoanalysis, Literature, and Culture

    LLC 265/FMST 265 German Cinema

    LLC 360 Representing the Holocaust

    LLC 390 Performing Sex and Gender

    The Residency Requirement

    For all German Studies majors, at least five of the nine courses required for the major must be taken on the University of Richmond campus. Majors must take at least one 400-level class on campus after studying abroad, regardless of whether or not they have sufficient credits to fulfill the major or minor requirements.

  • Study Abroad

    Study Abroad

    Study and travel abroad are strongly encouraged for all students. German studies students can take advantage of semester or year exchange programs in Konstanz, Mannheim and Münster, Germany, as well as the summer program in Berlin.

  • Residency

  • Cross School

    Cross-School Major in German Studies and International Business

    (Earned in conjunction with a major in the Robins School of Business with an international business concentration.)

    Nine courses and an interdisciplinary research project in addition to completing all requirements of the international business concentration for the business administration major, including:

    Five units in German at the 300 or 400 level

    One semester full-time study at the Universität Münster School of Business and Economics or at the Universität Mannheim Business School (four courses)

    IDST 379 Interdisciplinary Research Project

    The German major/international business option represents a collaborative project between the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in the School of Arts and Sciences and the International Business Program in the Robins School of Business. Designated faculty members from each program will advise students upon declaration and as they progress through the major. The curriculum includes a semester abroad at one of the University's partner institutions. There, students will continue their Robins School concentrations and German Studies courses in classes with both local and other international students.

    In order to prepare for the experience abroad, students in German will need to have completed at least GERM 202 on the Richmond campus. Students must take at least two courses in German at the Universität Münster or at the Universität Mannheim.

    Students are required to take one 400-level course in German upon their return.

Courses

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  • GERM 101 Elementary German

    Units: 1

    Description

    Introduction to German language and culture.

  • GERM 102 Elementary German

    Units: 1

    Description

    Introduction to German language and culture.

    Prerequisites

    German 101.

  • GERM 201 Intermediate German

    Units: 1

    Description

    Active practice and reinforcement of German language skills and study of culture.

    Prerequisites

    German 102 or advanced placement or permission of department.

  • GERM 202 Intermediate German

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (COM2)

    Description

    Active practice and reinforcement of German language skills and study of culture.

    Prerequisites

    German 201 or permission of department.

  • GERM 301 German Conversation and Composition

    Units: 1

    Description

    Expansion and refinement of oral and written expression through reading, discussion, and analysis of topics in German culture, politics, and history.

    Prerequisites

    German 202 or advanced placement or permission of department.

  • GERM 305 German Grammar and Composition

    Units: 1

    Description

    Concise review of principles of German grammar and development of competent writing skills. Available on study abroad only.

    Prerequisites

    German 202 or permission of department.

  • GERM 314 German through Theater

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    Analysis of plays through selected design projects and a final performance. Provides an introduction to the field of German theater as well as substantial practice in interpersonal and presentational speaking, with a focus on pronunciation.

    Prerequisites

    German 202 or permission of instructor.

  • GERM 321 Introduction to German Literature

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)

    Description

    Introduction to analysis and interpretation of literary texts in their aesthetic, historical, socioeconomic, and cultural contexts. Development of written critical apparatus.

    Prerequisites

    German 202 or permission of department.

  • GERM 333 Heimathorror/Homeland Horror

    Units: 1

    Description

    Analysis of literary and filmic uses of horror and the supernatural to negotiate cultural events in German-speaking countries, primarily in the nineteenth century.

    Prerequisites

    German 202.

  • GERM 365 Rebels with a Cause: Political Satire

    Units: 1

    Description

    Analysis of political and socially critical poetry, prose, images, songs, and performance from the 19th century to the present.

    Prerequisites

    GERM 202.

  • GERM 388 Individual Internship

    Units: .5-1

    Description

    Internship experiences outside of the department in fields related to German studies. No more than 1.5 units of internship in any one department and 3.5 units of internship overall may be counted toward required degree units.

    Prerequisites

    Permission of department.

  • GERM 389 Practice Assistantship

    Units: .25

    Description

    Students lead practice sessions associated with the elementary and intermediate language sequence in German. The practice assistantship does not count as credit toward the major or minor. Up to one unit can be applied toward graduation credit.

    Prerequisites

    Permission of department.

  • GERM 397 Selected Topics

    Units: 1

    Description

    Special interest topics offered at department's discretion.

    Prerequisites

    German 301or permission of department.

  • GERM 402 Advanced German Conversation

    Units: 1

    Description

    Development of advanced level fluency through discussion of contemporary topics in German culture and politics. Available on study abroad only.

    Prerequisites

    German 301 or permission of the department.

  • GERM 404 Advanced Composition and Syntax

    Units: 1

    Description

    Advanced grammar, syntax and stylistics. Available on study abroad only.

    Prerequisites

    German 301 or permission of the department.

  • GERM 406 Summer Undergraduate Research

    Units: 0

    Description

    Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at least 40 hours per week) during this period, and the student must be the recipient of a fellowship through the university. Graded S/U.

    Prerequisites

    Approval for summer Arts and Sciences fellowship by faculty mentor

  • GERM 445 Visions of Berlin

    Units: 1

    Description

    Interdisciplinary seminar on the cultural and historical role of Berlin from the nineteenth century to the present examining architectural, cinematic, literary, and political developments.

    Prerequisites

    German 321.

  • GERM 451 Deviant Bodies in German Culture

    Units: 1

    Description

    Analysis of literary, theatrical, and clinical representations of physical, sexual, and psychological deviance in German culture with a focus on the late nineteenth to the mid twentieth century.

    Prerequisites

    German 321.

  • GERM 472 Culture Wars & Identity Debates in German Society from Empire to EU

    Units: 1

    Description

    Analysis of literary and cinematic texts on culture and social relations in Germany from the 19th-century to the present.

    Prerequisites

    German 321 or permission of department.

  • GERM 495 Independent Study

    Units: .5-1

    Description

    Special projects individually pursued under supervision of faculty member.

    Prerequisites

    Permission of department.

  • GERM 497 Selected Topics

    Units: 1

    Description

    Special interest topics offered at department's discretion.

    Prerequisites

    German 321 or permission of department.