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College of Arts & Sciences

German

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Gregory H. Wolf

630-637-5284

ghwolf@noctrl.edu

Willkommen! Study German, the language behind such works of art as the poetry of Goethe and the latest Porsche. The German language program at North Central College can provide you with important skills for your personal and professional development.

German language skills can enhance your competence in areas as diverse as music, the biological sciences, engineering, literature and film. At North Central, learning German has a personal touch as well. You’ll acquire the relevant cultural information as well as linguistic proficiency. That means you’ll learn the German you’ll need in real-life situations and interact often with your classmates.

We have many formal and informal opportunities for you to practice your skills:

  • courses ranging from the elementary level to the advanced levels
  • trips to German-related sites in Chicago, from the opera to fine restaurants;
  • the various services of the Language Resource Center.

We recommend that all of our students study abroad. You may choose to spend some or all of your junior year in a German-speaking environment.

German, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Modern and Classical Languages.

Requirements:

A major in German consists of at least 24 credit hours, at the level of GER 103 or above, including three credit hours at the 400-level.

Additional Courses:

Students seeking a major in the modern languages are strongly encouraged to take additional language coursework beyond the minimum major requirements. Note: Once GER 310 has been successfully completed, courses below the level of 310 in German may not be taken for credit except with consent of the Chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

A typical student majoring German with a Secondary Education Supplemental major will need over 120 total credit hours to graduate.

German Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Modern and Classical Languages.

Requirements:

A minor consists of at least 18 credit hours, including six credit hours at the 300-level.

NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) and the general education requirements, both Core and All-College Requirements (ACRs), which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms.

GER 101 Elementary German I (3.00)
Introduction to the basic structures of the German language, with emphasis on listening and speaking.

GER 102 Elementary German II (3.00)
A continuation of Elementary German I.

GER 103 Elementary German III (3.00)
A continuation of Elementary German II.

GER 201 Intermediate German I (3.00)
Speech, writing, and reading for the discussion of most literary and cultural topics.

GER 202 Intermediate German II (3.00)
A continuation of Intermediate German I. Core: Humanities.

GER 203 Conversation and Composition (3.00)
Focuses on the continued development of oral and written proficiency. Students read, write, and discuss authentic texts dealing with culture, history, and politics of German-speaking countries.

GER 297 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

GER 299 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

GER 310 German Life and Culture After World War II (3.00)
Offers students an introduction to life and culture in East and West Germany after World War II. Specific focus is placed on the founding of the countries, the Cold War, the 1953 uprising, the Berlin Wall, Communism, and unification.

GER 320 German History and Culture (3.00)
A survey of major sociological, political, and artistic events in German-speaking lands from their origins to the present. Core: Humanities.

GER 325 Survey of German Literature (3.00)
Survey of principal German authors, periods, and genres.

GER 330 The Weimar Republic (3.00)
A contextualized study of the life and culture during the Weimar Republic in Germany. Special attention is given to the literature, film, and visual art of the period.

GER 350 German Film (3.00)
This course introduces students to the history and development of German film. Films are analyzed within their historical epoch, but also as cultural documents problematizing aspects of German life and history.

GER 370 Berlin: A City in Flux (3.00)
A study of the dynamic German city, from its time as the capital of the Prussian kingdom, its cultural and economic rise in the German Empire, through its changes in the Weimar Republic, during the Third Reich, throughout its division during the Cold War, and finally after German unification in 1990.

GER 390 Topics (3.00)
Advanced study of selected literary and cultural topics. Repeatable with different topics. Course topics may include studies on specific authors, such as Bertolt Brecht, periods and epochs, such as Expressionism or Exile Literature, or on specific themes.

GER 397 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

GER 399 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

GER 490 Seminar (3.00)
Advanced study of selected literary and cultural topics. Repeatable with different topics. Course topics may include studies on specific authors, such as Bertolt Brecht, periods and epochs, such as Expressionism or Exile Literature, or on specific themes.

GER 497 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

GER 499 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

Norval Bard

Professor of French; Chair of Modern and Classical Languages
MCL
630-637-5125
Patricia Bayona

Assistant Professor of Spanish
MCL
5298
Michael de Brauw

Associate Professor of Modern and Classical Languages
MCL
630-637-5123
Alberto Fonseca

Associate Professor of Spanish
MCL
630-637-5126
Silvia Goldman

Assistant Professor of Spanish
MCL
630-637-5277
Sophie Hand

Professor of French
MCL
5124
Fukumi Matsubara

Professor of Japanese
MCL
630-637-5128
Beverly Richard Cook

Professor of Spanish Emerita
MCL
5127
Jelena Sanchez

Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish
MCL
5275
Jinai Sun

Assistant Professor of Chinese
MCL
630-637-5263
Esra Tasdelen

Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic and Middle Eastern and North African Studies; Coordinator of Middle Eastern and North African Studies
MCL
5108
Ivy Walters

Half-time Assistant Professor of Spanish
MCL
630-637-5227
Gregory H. Wolf

Dennis and Jean Bauman Professor in the Humanities; Professor of German
MCL
630-637-5284

Extra-curricular and professional activities that will enrich your German language education.

Auf dem Kampus

At North Central we know you want opportunities to use your German in real-life situations. We have organized an extremely active German club which sponsors activities on and off campus. Considering our close proximity to Chicago, the German Club in conjunction with courses has organized excursions to points of interest in Chicago.

Im Ausland

Studying abroad is a great way to improve your abilities in German, experience German culture,and encounter different modes of thinking. In addition to our official program at the Freie Universität in Berlin during the academic year, students also have an opportunity to travel to German-speaking countries over North Central's D-Term.


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