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UNDERGRADUATE COURSES IN GERMAN

Notes about courses:

  • All courses are taught in German unless otherwise indicated.
  • Prerequisite for all 300-level courses is GRM 202.
  • Recommended background for all 400-level courses is two 300-level courses.
  • Advanced undergraduates may enroll in 800-level courses with instructor approval.
  • Advanced students may seek BA/MA dual enrollment.

German beyond the usual coursework:

  • Regular German-speaking film series on campus (see email announcements).
  • German Kaffeestunde Wednesdays at 7:30 pm (Espresso Royale, Grand River Ave.).
  • German Club.
  • Study abroad in Freiburg, Jena, or Mayen.
  • German classes in the CeLTA Language School & Conversation Hours
  • Delta Phi Alpha German National Honor Society.
  • Meet MSU alumni with German majors.
  • Collaborate with faculty on their research.

Questions? Talk with any German faculty member or Cindy Walter, our departmental undergraduate advisor (517-355-9471).

 

FALL 2020 - COURSES

GRM 101 First-Year German I *** Now 3 credits! ***
  German language, civilization, and culture for beginning students. Work on all language skills with emphasis on speaking.
Varies MWF 9:10-10:00 / 10:20-11:10 (TBA)
  TTh 10:20-11:40  (Goertler) 
  MTh 7:00-8:20 p.m. (TBA)
  Online (TBA)
   
GRM 102  First-Year German II *** Now 3 credits! ***
  Further study of German language, civilization, and culture for beginning students. Continued work on all language skills with emphasis on speaking.
Banzhaf  TTh 10:20-11:40 / 12:40-2:00
   
GRM 201 Second-Year German I
  Intermediate-level development of all language skills. Reading, viewing, and discussion of a broad range of cultural materials from the German-speaking world. 
Varies MWF 9:10-10:00 (McEwen) / 10:20-11:10 (McEwen)
  TTh 12:40-2:00 (TBA)
  MTh 7:00-8:20 p.m. (TBA)
   
GRM 202  Second-Year German II
  Further intermediate-level work on all language skills, on topics such as popular music, literature, film, current events, and culture. Prerequisite for study abroad in Freiburg, Mayen, or summer internships in Germany
Gacs TTh 12:40-2:00
  Online
   
GRM 301 - 304  ***Students may not take the same topic twice for 301 - 304 ***  

Advanced speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing skills. Intensive work with authentic texts dealing with contemporary issues in the German-speaking world. Selected review of grammar and syntax.

GRM 301 Global Germany 
  Focus on the creation of German identity through migration, immigration, and exile. Intensive work with authentic texts on contemporary issues in the German-speaking world.
Gacs TTh 10:20-11:40
   
GRM 302  Wald, Wetter, Wandel
  The natural world and our often unnatural technologies which interfere  with our ecological order. Intensive work with texts and films dealing with forests, gardens, plants, natural explorers, pollution and atomic disaster.
TBA MWF 9:10-10:00 
   
GRM 304 Deutsche Medien im Wandel
  Focus on German media throughout history. Intensive work with films, images, written texts, advertising, news, social media, video games, and other forms of expression.
Kronenberg MWF 10:20-11:10
   
GRM 311 Business German I
  German for the professions: Development of proficiency through readings, discussions, and assignments based on materials dealing with professional office communication, the German economic system and Germany in world trade.
Wurst TTh 12:40-2:00
   
GRM 342 German Literature & Culture Since 1918
  Historical, social, and cultural developments in the German-speaking world since 1918 as revealed in cultural materials, including literature, essays, and film.
Wolff MWF 11:30-12:20
   
GRM 420 Advanced German
  Students will maximize their language learning by examining the components of language, language use, language learning and strategies for developing language proficiency and intercultural competence. Advanced structures of German will be addressed.
Wurst TTh 3:00-4:20
   
GRM 455 German Cultural History: German Comics
  It is a well-worn cliché that Germans do not have a sense of humor. Another oversimplification is that comics are always funny. This course challenges both of these ideas. We will explore the history of comics, which has its roots in the German-speaking world, and we will examine comics as a medium – a unique text-image combination in sequential arrangement – rather than just the ‘funnies’ that may first come to mind. We will work with the MSU Comic Art Collection – the world’s largest publicly available collection of international comics and graphic novels – and focus on contemporary German-language comics and graphic novels, which offer important ways to grapple with history, identity, and politics.
Wolff MW 4:10-5:30
   
IAH 206 Snoop: Self, Surveillance, and Technologies of Control
  Systems of collection and classification have long defined not only how we interact with information, but also how information comes to define who we are and where we belong. In this course, we’ll trace a history of surveillance to consider the diverse ways in which technologies of control structure our identity and our world.
McEwen Online
   
IAH231B Memory Cultures: Representing the Holocaust in US, German, Global Contexts
  Film and literature, drama and music, art and architecture, comic books and TV shows. Taught in English. May count as elective credit toward the German major.
Mittman MW 8:00-9:50

SPRING 2020 - Courses

GRM 101 First-Year German I
  German language, civilization, and culture for beginning students. Work on all language skills with emphasis on speaking.
Banzhaf
TTh10:20-11:40 / 12:40-2:00
   
GRM 102 First-Year German II
  Further study of German language, civilization, and culture for beginning students. Continued work on all language skills with emphasis on speaking.
Varies MWF 9:10-10:00 / 10:20-11:10
  TTh 10:20-11:40
  MTh 7:00-8:20 p.m.
  Online
   
GRM 201 Second-Year German I
  Intermediate-level development of all language skills. Reading, viewing, and discussion of a broad range of cultural materials from the German-speaking world.
Gacs TTh 10:20-11:40
Gacs Online
   
GRM 202 Second-Year German II
  Further intermediate-level work on all language skills, on topics such as popular music, literature, film, current events, and culture. Prerequisite for study abroad in Freiburg, Mayen, or summer internships in Germany.
Varies MWF 9:10-10:00 / 10:20-11:10  (McEwen)
  TTh 12:40-2:00 (TBA)
  MTh 7:00-8:20 p.m. (TBA)
   

GRM 301 - 304  ***Students may not take the same topic twice at the 301 - 304 level*** 
Advanced speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing skills. Intensive work with authentic texts dealing with contemporary issues in the German-speaking world. Selected review of grammar and syntax.

GRM 302 Wald, Wetter, Wandel
  The natural world and our often unnatural technologies which interfere  with our ecological order. Intensive work with texts and films dealing with forests, gardens, plants, natural explorers, pollution and atomic disaster.
Schuster-Craig MWF 9:10-10:00 
   
GRM 303 German Genders
  Wide-ranging exploration of gender in German culture, from linguistic forms to social roles, including fairy tales, Weimar cinema, and a memoir about growing up trans in the Third Reich.
Mittman TTh 10:20-11:40
   
GRM 304 Deutsche Medien im Wandel
  Focus on German media throughout history. Intensive work with films, images, written texts, advertising, news, social media, video games, and other forms of expression.
Kronenberg MWF 11:30-12:20
   
GRM 325 Third-Year German: Oral Communication
  Development of listening comprehension and oral communication in German beyond the intermediate level. Expansion of vocabulary, use of idiomatic expressions and review of grammatical structures relevant for speaking.
Wurst TTh 12:40-2:00
   
GRM 341 German Literature & Culture Before 1918
  Historical, social, and cultural developments in 19th-century Germany as revealed in textual material in German, including literature, essays, philosophy, and cultural criticism. Focus on the formation of the German middle class and questions of German identity.
Wolff  MWF 11:30-12:20
   
GRM 460 Linguistic Analysis of Modern German
  Analysis of grammatical, lexical, and phonological aspects of German and comparison with English.
Spinner TTh 10:20-11:40
   
GRM 461 Applied Linguistics for German Learners and Teachers
  Research-based and practice-proven techniques for and tasks  in language and culture learning and teaching. Research-based analysis of contemporary issues and the intersection of culture and language.
Goertler TTh 1:00-2:20
   
GRM 491 German Film, 1918-Present: Immigrants, Exiles, and Others 
  Overview of German film history, including both mainstream and outsider cinema. Introduction to formal film analysis. Thematic focus on inclusion and exclusion, and on representations of social, ethnic, and linguistic difference. Students will co-coordinate a weekly film series--part virtual, part live as a Filmabend revival.
Mittman TTh 2:40-4:00
   
IAH 209 Autopsy-Dissection, Display, & the Body: Visual Culture & Body Politics
  Autopsy is about seeing. More than just a post-mortem, autopsy is first defined as the action or process of seeing with one’s own eyes. In this course we will concentrate on seeing with our own eyes to investigate questions like what does it mean to have a body? and what does it mean to be a body? We’ll look at the body and the various ways in which it has been examined, dissected, and displayed throughout history and across media. Through a variety of media (texts, images, films) and genres (scientific, historical, literary, artistic), we’ll explore the body itself as a complex cultural object, continually subject to modification by what we see and how we see it.
McEwen Online
   
IAH 241E The Power of the Puppet--Theory and Practice of Puppetry Arts.
  Puppetry Arts is uniquely situated at the juncture of the Arts and Humanities as well as the STEM fields to facilitate a productive conversation about the creative process in the arts and sciences. Students will examine the role that creativity plays in the life of an individual and society and learn about the exciting field of puppetry in theory and practice.
Banzhaf TTh 5:00 p.m. - 6:50 p.m.

SUMMER 2021 - Courses

GRM 101 First-Year German I Online
TBA Summer Session I
   
GRM 102 First-Year German II Online
TBA Summer Session II
   
GRM 201 Second-Year German I Online
TBA Summer Session I
   
GRM 202 Second-Year German II Online
TBA Summer Session II