92-93 LS&A Bulletin

Germanic Languages and Literatures

3110 Modern Languages Building


Professor Robert L. Kyes, Chair

May be elected as a departmental concentration program in German and Scandinavian Studies


Roy C. Cowen, 19th Century Drama, Naturalism, Hauptmann

Gerhard Dunnhaupt, 16th and 17th Century Literature

Robert L. Kyes, Germanic Linguistics, Language Learning and Pedagogy

Hansjoerg Schelle, 18th Century Literature, Age of Goethe, Wieland, Classical Tradition, Poetics, Prose Analysis, Metrics

Harald Scholler, Medieval Literature

Ingo Seidler, Modern and Contemporary Literature, Theory of Literature

Hermann F. Weiss, Romanticism, 19th Century Literature

Associate Professors

Frederick Amrine, German Classical and Romantic Literature, Philosophy

Timothy Bahti, Romanticism, Literary History, Theory of Literature

Mary C. Crichton, Goethe, C.F. Meyer, 19th Century Poetry

Marilyn Sibley Fries, Post-War German Literature

Robert H. Paslick, Modern Literature, Humanism, Mysticism

Assistant Professors

Hans J. Fabian, Expressionism, Business German, German Cinema

Erich P. Hofacker, Modern Literature, DDR Literature

Rosina Lippi-Green, Germanic Linguistics, Sociodialectology

Patricia Anne Simpson, Romanticism, Modern German Literature, Literary Theory


Antonius Broos, Dutch Language and Literature

Anne Gramberg, Language Instruction, Business German

Janet VanValkenburg, Supervisor of Teaching Assistants, Beginning Language Instruction, Teaching Methods


The immediate objective of the study of a second language is to develop the ability to understand and communicate with people of other nations and cultures. In today's world the practical and urgent necessity for such competence is so obvious as to require no argument. Even more important for the cultural growth of the liberal arts student is a first-hand, fundamental knowledge of the aesthetic, philosophical, and scientific contributions made by the people using a particular language. From both points of view the study of German is as important as that of any other language.

In the undergraduate program, the aim of the introductory courses is the acquisition of a reading knowledge of German and beginning competence in oral and written expression in the language. These courses and those on the third-year level employ oral/aural methods of instruction. There is also provision for intensive training in the reading of scientific German. The intermediate courses as well as advanced senior-level courses are designed to acquaint students with outstanding works from the literary heritage of Germany. Specifically, this goal is met by a concentration in German, but all courses are open to students who meet the prerequisites.

Information about graduate opportunities and careers specifically available to students concentrating in German may be obtained from the department office.

The objectives of the concentration program in German are: (1) to develop facility in the use of German; (2) to provide an integrated knowledge of major German writers; and (3) to develop a comprehension of the outstanding cultural epochs in German history. Concentration in German provides valuable background for work in international relations (commerce, diplomacy) and in various other professional fields. Consequently, dual concentrations in German and another subject (History, Political Science, etc.) are strongly encouraged.

Students who enter the University with a background in the German language are strongly urged to continue their study of the language without interruption during their freshman and sophomore years.

Prerequisites to Concentration. German 101, 102, 231, 232, or the equivalent.

Concentration Program. Required are (1) 30 hours in German beyond German 232, and (2) six hours in cognate areas. Courses in German must include 325 and 326; two 300-level literature courses selected from 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, and RC 321; 425 or 426 or the equivalent; two 400-level German literature courses selected from 414, 450-459, and 499; and at least three additional advanced German courses. The cognate requirement may be met by selecting advanced courses from the related disciplines such as English, ancient or modern languages and literatures, linguistics, history, history of art, music, philosophy, or political science. Equivalent courses taken elsewhere may be taken in lieu of these, as allowed by the College and with the permission of the concentration advisor.

Honors Concentration. In meeting the requirements stated above (30 hours in German, six hours in cognates), students admitted to the Honors concentration must include German 491 and 492 (Honors proseminar and thesis). Completion of preliminary work with distinction is a prerequisite to acceptance in the Honors concentration in German. Admission is granted to qualified students as of the second term of the sophomore year. For further information, consult Professor Marilyn Sibley Fries (3138 MLB, 747-0406).

Advising and Counseling. During the registration period at the beginning of each term, a representative is available in the department office to advise students about their course elections. A concentration plan in German is developed in consultation with and must be approved by Professor Paslick, the concentration advisor. Appointments are scheduled at 1213 Angell. German Department faculty are also available to students during regularly scheduled office hours which are posted on the bulletin board outside 3110 MLB.

Teaching Certificate. To secure departmental recommendation for a teaching major, students should elect at least three additional credits of senior or advanced work (usually either German 425 or 426) beyond the required concentration courses. To meet the requirements for a teaching minor in German, students should complete German 325, 326, any two courses selected from among German 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, and eight additional credits of senior work (German 425, 426 and 531 are particularly recommended.) All teaching certificate candidates should consult Janet Van Valkenberg whose hours are posted on the department bulletin board.

Laboratory Facilities. The department maintains a language laboratory or practice room (2003 MLB) where collections of language records and tape recordings closely coordinated with the content of the various courses are available. Here students have an opportunity to improve their command of the spoken language by listening to recordings of native speakers. Certain courses require the regular use of language laboratory equipment and facilities.

Prizes. The Bronson-Thomas Prize (the interest on $1, 000) is awarded biennially to an undergraduate student enrolled in junior-level German courses. The Kothe-Hildner fund provides two or more prizes in a competition open to students enrolled in second- and third-year German. The German Department Martin Haller Prize is awarded annually to the student who submits the best Honors thesis in German 492.

Student Organizations. The department sponsors a chapter of the German honorary society, Delta Phi Alpha, to which qualified seniors and graduate students may be elected.

Several times each term graduate students organize a Kaffeestunde which offers an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to meet informally and converse in German. The Kaffeestunde is often arranged around a program theme.

The undergraduate German Club sponsors a variety of activities aimed at promoting interest in German culture, language, and society.

The Max Kade German House. With the support of the Max Kade Foundation, the German Department sponsors a residence facility for men and women students. A German-speaking resident director as well as a resident tutor facilitate the creation of a German environment. The Max Kade House presents regular programs of German films free-of-charge to all interested members of the University community. Lectures and social events are sponsored by the residents of the house. Students with the equivalent of two terms of college German are eligible to apply through the Housing Office.

Study Abroad. A general description of study abroad programs sponsored by The University of Michigan and general information about other study abroad opportunities are described under Office of International Programs in this chapter.

German Literature in Translation. In the spirit of the Great Books courses, the German department currently offers a number of courses based on the use of translations. These courses include selected classics from the Middle Ages to modern times.

Placement Test. Students with high school credit for German who intend to complete the A.B./B.S. language requirement in German must take a placement test administered by the Orientation Office. The placement test indicates the first course which may be elected for degree credit without departmental permission. Students who have completed a fourth-term proficiency (German 232 or the equivalent) are considered to have satisfied the language requirement and may elect more advanced courses.


Professor Marion Marzolf, Director

Scandinavian Studies Program Committee: Professors M. Marzolf, R. Kyes, K. Marzolf, Lecturer L. Olvegård

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

Professors K. Marzolf (Architecture), M. Marzolf (Communication), Seidler (Germanic Languages and Literatures), affiliated Professors at U-M Dearborn, L. Bjorn (Political Science) and M. Rosenthal (Medical Sociology), Swedish Lecturer L. Olvegård, (Language and Literature)

The study of Scandinavian provides insight into the cultural heritage of the modern social democracies of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. To a degree out of proportion to their relatively small size, these countries have made important contributions to Western civilization, from the Vikings with their seamanship and arts, to the pioneers of modern drama — Ibsen and Strindberg — and from the social welfare state and the ombudsman to discoveries in physics and medicine. These countries today rank high in the attainment of quality of life goals of the post-industrial society and offer interesting comparisons for other industrial and third world societies.

The Scandinavian program offers courses that take the pan-Scandinavian view in literature, history, society and the arts plus those that focus in depth on Swedish language and literature. Scandinavian concentrators normally take at least half their concentration work at the University of Uppsala during a junior year abroad program (or at another Scandinavian program approved by the advisor). This enhances their opportunity for graduate study, careers in teaching, international business or global organizations.

Study abroad: The University of Michigan has an exchange program with the University of Uppsala (Sweden) in which two students from each university are exchanged for the academic year. For UM students, this requires second-year competence in Swedish. Students should apply by early March for the following fall. Intensive Swedish classes are also offered at Uppsala in the summer. Applications and information are available at the Office of International Programs, 5208 Angell Hall. The Swedish lecturer, the program director, and students who have been at Uppsala are available for consultation. Students intending to study at another university can consult program materials at the International Center and the Scandinavian Studies Library and may consult the program director. Study abroad courses to be used for concentration must be approved by the program director.

Academic Advising: Students are encouraged to meet the program director to discuss their interests in concentration as early as possible in their college careers. If possible, they should take Scand. 331 (Introduction to Scandinavian Civilization) in the sophomore year.

Prerequisites to Concentration. Fourth-term proficiency in Swedish. Students may begin a concentration in Scandinavian Studies before this language proficiency is attained. Students must pass a second-year competency in Swedish to study at the University of Uppsala junior year abroad exchange program with the UM. A two-course sequence in Western European history is strongly recommended. (Language proficiency credits do not count as part of the concentration credits).

Concentration Program. A minimum of 30 credits of course work in Scandinavian Studies normally includes an academic year of work abroad in Sweden or another approved university, plus 6 credits of cognate work. Total = 36 credits.

Required: Two (6 credits) in Scandinavian literature or advanced (beyond second year) language

Two courses (6 credits) in Scandinavian history, political science, economics, social issues

Two upper-level courses in Scandinavian or courses with relevant Scandinavian content (6 credits) See list of corses in other departments

A cognate area of 6 credits in one discipline. (This may be an area of second concentration.)

To fulfill requirements, normally students take

An academic year of study abroad at the University of Uppsala (Sweden) or equivalent. Examples: Denmark International Study in Copenhagen, University of Oslo, Linköping University. Counselor approval required. The University of Michigan has an exchange agreement with the University of Uppsala for two students; a term or year at another U.S. Scandinavian Studies program is also an option.

Honors Concentration. Students of high distinction are encouraged to consider an Honors concentration in Scandinavian. Recommendations for Honors are made on the basis of outstanding performance in course work (a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and at least 3.5 in Scandinavian courses) and a marked capacity for independent research. An Honors thesis course of 6 credits is required and is counted toward concentration credits. Honors students elect Scandinavian 495 and 496 in their senior year. The first term is used to investigate a research topic, do a literature search and write a prospectus. The second term is used to writing the thesis under the direction of a faculty advisor. The program director serves as first or second thesis examiner.

Scandinavian and Cognate Courses in other Departments:

(All courses in this listing are 3 credits.)

History 428 - The History of Scandinavia, English 447- Modern Drama (Ibsen and Strindberg), Film/Video 412 - Major Directors (Bergman), Religion 375 - Celtic and Nordic Mythology, RC Hums 383 - Ibsen and Strindberg, RC Social Science 320 - Exploring Alternatives to Capitalism (Social Welfare Systems), Philosophy 371 - Existentialism/Kirkegaard, History of Art 572 - Expressionalism in 20th Century Art (Munch).

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