A major in world languages prepares the conscientious student for graduate school, teaching, international business, the travel industry, social work, foreign missions, and work in volunteer agencies such as the Peace Corps and Doctors without Borders. Language majors are encouraged to take advantage of the many study abroad opportunities offered by Georgetown College. A language major or minor is also a valuable complement to other majors such as Political Science, Business, Computer Science, Music, Art, English, History, and Theatre. Majors and minors are offered in French, German, and Spanish. MCLC also offers a German Studies major. Majors, minors, and general education students reach different levels of proficiency; however, in accordance with guidelines from the Common European Framework (CEF), and more specifically with the national guidelines (5Cs) from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), all world language students at Georgetown College will:
- Communicate in languages other than English;
- Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures, including their art, film, literature, history, music, etc.;
- Connect with other disciplines;
- Make comparisons to other languages and develop insights into the nature of language and culture;
- Participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.
Students with two years or more of German at the high school level desiring to continue in the same language must take the departmental placement exam. Students with two or more years of high school German must take the language placement exam before taking courses in German. Students who have successfully completed 200-level courses will not be allowed to take 100-level courses for credit, and students who have successfully completed 300- or 400-level courses will not be allowed to take 100-level courses or 201. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the departmental chair. This policy applies to students who have taken language courses at Georgetown College or another college or university.
Major in German
(B.A. degree) Thirty-three hours required. Thirty hours required in German above the 100 level, including 230, 310, 318/418, 319/419, 345/445, 365/465, 389/489, and 399/499 and including at least three 400-level courses. Allied requirement: HIS 343. Those seeking certification in teaching must also take GER 402 (for a total of 36 hours). Majors are expected to reach the Intermediate-High Level in accordance with ACTFL guidelines, B2.1 in accordance with CEF. All students pursuing a major in German are encouraged to study abroad in a German speaking country, but those who start with 101 must do so in order to complete the program within four years. This major in German is the traditional major for students for whom mastering the language is as important as studying the culture and literature of the German-speaking world.
It is the appropriate major for students who want to teach or go on to do graduate work in German or a related field.
Major in German Studies
(B.A. degree) Thirty-six hours required. Twenty-four hours required in German courses above the 100 level, including 230, 310, 318/418 or 319/419, 345/445, 389/489, 399/499, and including at least one 400-level course; six hours of German or European history courses from HIS 323, HIS 333, HIS 343; six hours of courses in related areas from the List of Approved Electives or by special approval of the program director. Courses used to satisfy other majors or minors cannot be counted. The course of studies offered with this major is designed for students who are interested in the German-speaking world and its culture but do not have the need to master the language actively beyond the intermediate-mid level. It is the appropriate major for students interested and/or majoring in such related areas as history, political sciences, the arts, music, etc. who want to add a special expertise. It is also the appropriate major for those students who have not studied German before coming to GC and do not have the possibility to study abroad.
Eighteen hours required in German above the 100 level, including 230 and 310. Minors are expected to reach the Intermediate-Mid Level in accordance with ACTFL guidelines, B1.2 in accordance with CEF. GER 402 will not count towards the minor.
101-102. Elementary German I and II. (3 hours each) In this two-course sequence, the four language skills of speaking, listening, writing, and reading German are developed. In addition students become familiar with aspects of the culture of the German-speaking countries. One hour lab per week is required. Fall and Spring
201. Intermediate German. (3 hours) This course is the third of a three-semester sequence designed to bring students to the proficiency level of the Georgetown College Foundations and Core requirement. Students enhance their abilities in the four language skills of speaking, listening, writing and reading through review, “recycling”, and further study of structures, vocabulary and contemporary culture. One-hour lab per week is required. Prerequisite: GER 102 or by placement exam. Fall
230. Intermediate German II. (3 hours) This course is designed to help students solidify and develop their speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills through review and study of structures and an increased emphasis on vocabulary building. Through readings of authentic German “texts,” including a children’s book and feature films, students will gain an overview of the political and cultural history of twentieth-century Germany. Prerequisite: GER 201 or equivalent. Spring
235. Conversation and Composition. (3 hours) Practice in speaking and writing on varied topics. Prerequisite: GER 230 or instructor’s permission. As needed
310. German Cultural Traditions. (3 hours) A critical exploration of key moments in German cultural history from its Germanic and Christian origins to the early 1600s. Prerequisite: GER 230 or instructor’s permission. Spring
318/418. The Long Eighteenth Century: Sense and Sensibility, Soaring Genius, Simplicity and Beauty. (3 hours) Students are introduced to the German speaking world and culture of the 18th century. Representative works by major writers, artists, and thinkers of the Age of Sensibility, the Enlightenment, Storm and Stress, and Weimar Classicism are studied against the background of historical and intellectual developments. Aside from original and translated texts we will use modern German and non-German theater, film, and TV adaptations to enhance our understanding of both past and contemporary issues. Prerequisite: GER 230 for 318, three 300-level courses for 418. Even Falls
319/419. The Nineteenth Century: Restoration, Revolution, Resignation, Realism. (3 hours) Students are introduced to the German-speaking world and culture of the 19th century. Representative works by major writers, artists, and thinkers of Romanticism, Young Germany, Biedermeier, and Realism are studied against the background of historical and intellectual developments. Aside from original and translated texts we will use modern German and non-German theater, film, and TV adaptations to enhance our understanding of the impact of 19thcentury thought on both past and contemporary national and international cultural and political developments. Prerequisite: GER 230 for 319, three 300-level courses for 419. Odd Springs
340/440. Independent Study. (1, 2, 3 hours) Prerequisite: 230 for 340, three 300-level courses for 440. As needed
345/445. Literature, Culture, Politics 1905-1945: Expression, Excess, Crisis, Collapse. (3 hours) In this course students are introduced to the political and social conditions of Germany during the first half of the twentieth century. We will study the German-speaking cultural production inside and outside of Germany—the intriguing artistic responses to the turbulent times of the young century and the waning years of the empires, the dramatic reactions to the triumphs and trials of the new democracy of the Weimar Republic, and the acts and works of collaboration, arrangement, exile, and resistance during the twelve dark years of National Socialist reign and war. Prerequisite: GER 230 for 345, three 300-level courses for 445. Odd Falls
355. German for the Professions. (3 hours) The study and practice of German specialized vocabulary used in business and the professions combined with an exploration of relevant cultural practices in the German-speaking countries. Prerequisite: GER 230. As needed
365/465. Literature, Culture, Politics 1945-1965: Collapse to Economic Miracle. (3 hours) A close look at cultural and political life in the German-speaking world after the so-called zero hour of 1945. Special attention is paid to attitudes toward the problematical recent past and the different ways in which the people in the two German states with their differing political structures and ideologies do or do not attempt or manage to come to terms with it during these years of rebuilding. Works studied include texts and artifacts by Swiss, Austrian, and German authors, artists, and film makers. Prerequisite: GER 230 for 365, three 300-level courses for 465. Even Springs
370/470. Topics in German Language/Culture/Literature. (3 hours) Study of special topics announced at advanced registration. Prerequisite: GER 230 for 370, three 300-level courses for 470. As needed
389/489. From 1968 to the Fall of the Wall and Reunification: Revolution West and Revolution East. (3 hours) A close look at cultural and political life in the German-speaking world during the frequently turbulent years from the late sixties to the Wende and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the problems of reunification in the 1990s. Artistic responses studied include literary works of various genres, works of fine art of various types, and film and television productions ranging from cartoons and short films to documentaries and feature films. Prerequisite: GER 230 for 389, three 300-level courses for 489. Odd Falls
399/499. 2000 and Beyond: The Contemporary German Scene. (3 hours) A study of contemporary German life ranging from its representation in the mass media, in literature, and in the visual arts to the specific nature of its central political and cultural institutions to ongoing discussions of German national identity in a European and global context. Prerequisite: GER 230 for 399, three 300-level courses for 499. Even Falls
402. Teaching of World Languages. (3 hours) Methods and materials for the teaching of foreign languages. Prerequisites: Junior standing and two upper-level courses in German. Fall as needed