Associate Professor Frederick Amrine, Chair
May be elected as a departmental concentration program in German
At every level of our undergraduate program, we strive to adapt to the cognitive abilities and intellectual curiosity of adult students. Our language courses focus systematically on the development of all four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), while emphasizing context and meaning at all levels and in all spheres of the language acquisition process. It is fundamental to our program that all language courses encourage students to explore other world-views and learn to think critically about culture.
The goals for the first two years of language study include: increasing the level of proficiency in beginning and intermediate language students, working towards a closer fit with the developing Language Across the Curriculum (LAC) program, and meeting the needs and interests of the majority of students so that they will find the language requirement stimulating and useful. Our special topics courses (German 232) are meant to provide an introduction to the discourse and substance of various disciplines and thus become stepping stones to LAC courses and to coursework outside of the German major proper. These special topics courses include: German politics and economics, history and economics, literary topics, as well as mathematical and scientific German.
Intermediate and advanced courses are designed to enhance the language skills, as well as to acquaint students with outstanding works of literary and cultural significance in German speaking countries. These courses often are populated by concentrators (majors), but are open to all students who meet prerequisites regardless of concentration area. The developing German Studies program will also provide students with non-literary interests the opportunity to pursue their interests in German speaking countries.
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 in various disciplines; and (3) to gain insight into the history of German culture. 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 first and second years.
Information about graduate opportunities and careers specifically available to students concentrating in German may be obtained from the department office.
Prerequisites to Concentration. German 101, 102, 231, 232, or the equivalent.
Concentration Program. Required are (1) 30 credits in German beyond German 232, and (2) six credits in cognate areas. Courses in German must include 325 or 326; two 300-level courses selected from 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, and RC 321; 425 or 426 or the equivalent; two 400-level German courses selected from 414, 450-459, and 499; and at least four additional advanced German courses. A minimum of 15 of the required 30 credits must be taken either in residence or through a study abroad program affiliated with the University of Michigan. 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 credits in German, six credits 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 Rast at 764-8018.
Advising. 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 Kyes, the concentration advisor. Appointments are scheduled by calling Prof. Kyes at 764-8018. German Department faculty are also available to students during regularly scheduled office hours which are posted on the bulletin board outside 3110 MLB.
Questions regarding placement and the placement test should be directed to Monika Dressler.
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 Monika Dressler whose hours are posted on the department bulletin board.
Language Resource Center. The department maintains collections of videos, audio-recordings, and numerous multi-media resources closely coordinated with the content of the various courses. The LRC provides students with an opportunity to improve their command of the spoken language by listening to recordings of native speakers. Certain courses require the regular use of the LRC's 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 Studies 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 literary classics from the Middle Ages to modern times, but also many other subjects, such as German film, German history, and German thought. Offerings vary from term to term: please consult the Time Schedule each term.
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 Germanic Languages. The placement test indicates the first course which may be elected for degree credit without departmental permission. Students who have attained a fourth-term proficiency (German 232 or the equivalent) are considered to have satisfied the language requirement and may elect more advanced courses.
Professors K. Marzolf (Architecture), affiliated Professor at UM-Dearborn, L. Bjorn (Political Science)
Lecturers L. Olvegård, (Language and Literature) and K. Herold (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. Work at the University of Uppsala during a junior year abroad program further enhances students' 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. Second-year competence in Swedish is desirable. The University also has an exchange program with Turku University in Turku, Finland. Finnish may be studied but is not required for this one semester or academic year program. Students should apply in February 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, G513 Michigan Union. The Swedish lecturer/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.
Courses in Other DepartmentsThe following courses are offered by other departments and programs: 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 SS 320, Exploring Alternatives to Capitalism (Social Welfare Systems); Philosophy 371, Existentialism/Kirkegaard; History of Art 572, Expressionism in 20th Century Art (Munch).
112. Second Special Speaking and Reading Course. Dutch 111. Graduate students should elect the course as Dutch 512. (4). (LR).
231. Second-Year Dutch. Dutch 112. Graduate students should elect the course as Dutch 531. (4). (LR).
232. Second-Year Dutch. Dutch 231. Graduate students should elect the course as Dutch 532. (4). (LR).
339. Independent Study. (2-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.
480. Modern Dutch Literature. Dutch 231. (3). (Excl).
491. Colloquium on Modern Dutch Culture and Literature. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.
492. Colloquium on Modern Dutch Culture and Literature. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.
495. Topics in Dutch Literature. Dutch 232. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a total of 6 credits.
101. Elementary Course. All students with prior classwork in German must take the placement test. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 100 or 103. (4). (LR).
102. Elementary Course. German 101. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 100 or 103. (4). (LR).
103. Review of Elementary German. Assignment by placement test or permission of department. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 100 or 102. (4). (LR).
111. First Special Reading Course. Undergraduates must obtain permission of the department. (4). (Excl).
112. Second Special Reading Course. German 111 or the equivalent (placement test). (4). (Excl).
205. Conversation Practice. German 102 or 103. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.
206. Conversation Practice. German 102 or 103. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.
221. Accelerated Third Semester German. Placement test. No credit granted to those who have completed 230 or 231. 4 credits granted to those who have completed German 102 or 103. (5). (Excl).
230. Intensive Second-Year Course. German 102 or 103. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 221, 231, or 232. (8). (LR).
231. Second-Year Course. German 102 or 103, or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 230 or 221. (4). (LR).
232. Second-Year Course. German 221 or 231 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 230 or 236. (4). (LR). Some sections of German 232 address special topics, e.g., music, philosophy, science, current political issues, etc.
305. Conversation Practice. German 232. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. This course does not satisfy the language requirement. May be elected for credit twice.
306. Conversation Practice. German 232. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.
325. Intermediate German. German 232. (3). (Excl).
326. Intermediate German. German 325. (3). (Excl).
329. Independent Study. Permission of chairman. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.
350. Business German. German 232. (3). (Excl).
351. Business German. German 232. (3). (Excl).
380. Charlemagne, Arthur, and the German Troubadours. German 232. (3). (Excl).
381. Eighteenth to Nineteenth-Century Drama. German 232. (3). (HU).
382. Nineteenth to Twentieth-Century Drama. German 232. (3). (HU).
383. German Lyric Poetry. German 232. (3). (HU).
384. Short Fiction: Romanticism to Realism. German 232. (3). (HU).
385. Short Fiction: Naturalism to the Present. German 232. (3). (HU).
405. Conversation Practice. German 305 or 306. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.
406. Conversation Practice. German 305 or 306. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.
415. The German Language Past and Present. One year beyond 232. (3). (Excl).
425. Advanced German. German 325/326. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).
426. Advanced German. German 325/326. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).
450. Medieval German Literature in Modern German Translation. One year beyond 232. (3). (Excl).
452. German Literature of the Eighteenth Century. One year beyond 232. (3). (Excl).
453. German Classical Literature. One year beyond 232. (3). (Excl).
454. German Romanticism. One year beyond 232. (3). (Excl).
455. Nineteenth-Century German Fiction. One year beyond 232. (3). (Excl).
456. Nineteenth Century German Theatre. One year beyond 232. (3). (Excl).
457. Twentieth Century German Fiction. One year beyond 232. (3). (Excl).
458. German Literature after 1945. One year beyond 232. (3). (Excl).
471. German Literature from Its Beginning to the Present I. One year beyond 232. (3). (Excl).
472. German Literature from Its Beginning to the Present II. One year beyond 232. (3). (Excl).
491. German Honors Proseminar. Senior Honors standing. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.
492. German Honors Proseminar. Senior Honors standing. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.
499. Seminar in German Studies. One year beyond 232. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.
500. Introduction to Germanic Linguistics. (3). (Excl).
503/Education 500. Teaching German/Applied Linguistics. Junior or senior standing. (3). (Excl).
504. History of the German Language. Graduate standing. (3). (Excl).
506. Seminar in the Structure of Modern German. German 415. (3). (Excl).
512. Introduction to Middle High German. Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
531/Education D431. Teaching Methods. Senior standing; and candidate for a teaching certificate. (3). (Excl).
540. Introduction to German Studies. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
German Literature and Culture in English
Courses in this section do not require knowledge of German.
171/Hist. 171. Coming to Terms with Germany. (4). (HU).
180. First Year Seminar. (3). (HU).
241. Introduction to German Studies. (3). (HU).
250. Literature and Culture of War in Germany. (3). (HU).
330. German Cinema. (3). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($12) required.
360. Art and Politics in the Weimar Republic. (3). (HU).
375/MARC 375/Rel. 375. Celtic and Nordic Mythology. (3). (Excl).
417/Anthro. 476/Ling. 417. Principles and Methods of Historical Linguistics. Ling. 411. (3). (Excl).
441. German Masterpieces in English Translation. Junior or senior standing. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.
442. Faust and the Faust Legend in English Translation. Junior or senior standing. (3). (Excl).
444/MARC 443. Medieval German Literature in English Translation. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).
445. Holocaust Literature in English Translation. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).
448. Modern Classics in Translation: Mann, Kafka, Rilke, and Brecht. (3). (Excl).
449. Special Topics in English Translation. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.
104. Elementary Swedish. Swedish 103. (4). (LR).
233. Second-Year Swedish. Swedish 104. (4). (LR).
234. Second-Year Swedish. Swedish 233. (4). (LR).
430. Colloquium in Scandinavian Literature. Reading knowledge of Swedish. (3). (Excl). May be elected twice for credit.
Scandinavian Courses in English
Courses in this section do not require knowledge of a Scandinavian language.
331. Introduction to Scandinavian Civilization. (3). (HU).
349. Independent Study. Permission of instructor. (2-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.
421. Modern Scandinavian Literature in English. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).
460. Issues in Modern Scandinavia. Introductory sociology or introductory political science. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a total of 6 credits.
495. Pre-thesis Research. Open only by invitation to Honors concentrators in Scandinavian Studies. (2). (Excl).
496. Senior Honors Thesis. Open only by invitation to Honors in Scandinavian Studies. 495 is prerequisite to 496. (4). (Excl).