The MCLC department offers to students at the beginning and intermediate levels an awareness of linguistic diversity in human societies, an ability to communicate at a basic level in a second language, and an acquaintance with the culture of that language. Majors and minors acquire high levels of communicative skills, a broad acquaintance with the culture, and an ability to understand and analyze the cultural manifestations (mores, literature and the arts, history) of their chosen languages. A major in this department prepares the conscientious student for graduate school or for teaching in secondary, middle, or elementary schools, and provides very useful skills applicable in international business, the travel industry, social work, foreign missions, and other areas. A language major or minor can also be a valuable complement to another major. Majors are encouraged to spend a semester or a year in a foreign study program. Foreign studies at any level, with fully transferable credit, are available at through the Kentucky Institute for International Studies and through other programs. Minors in Asian Studies and Classics are also offered.

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 who have successfully completed 200 level courses will not be allowed to take 100 level courses; nor will students who have successfully completed 300 or 400 level courses 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 or another college or university.) All incoming students with two or more years of high school German must take the language placement exam before taking courses in German.


(B.A. degree) Thirty hours above the 100 level, including GER 230, 235, 301, 310, 312, 335, and 420. Allied requirement: HIS 343. Total hours required: 33. Teaching majors must also take GER 213 and GER 402. All majors are encouraged to study abroad, but those who start with 101 need to do so in order to complete the program within four years.


Eighteen hours above the 100 level.


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

141-142. Enrichment Through Reading. (1 hour each) A supervised independent study course which develops the reading skills of the first and second year language student. It can be targeted to the student’s area of interest. Prerequisite: GER 101 or GER 102 with a grade of A and/or with permission of instructor.

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 general education 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

213. German Phonetics. (1 hour) A study of German phonology. Intensive drills in pronunciation, intonation, and fluency in reading aloud. Recommended for voice majors.

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, an increased emphasis on vocabulary building, and further engagement with contemporary German culture. 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.

301. Readings in German Literature and Culture. (3 hours) Readings in German “texts” ranging from short poems to feature films designed to develop students’ comprehension of complex syntactic structures, expand significantly their active and passive command of German vocabulary, and sharpen their analytical and interpretive skills. Prerequisite: GER 230 or instructor’s permission. Fall

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 1900s. Prerequisite: GER 301 or instructor’s permission.

312. Contemporary German Culture. (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 301 or instructor’s permission.

335. Conversation and Composition: Intermediate. (3 hours) This course is designed to help students further develop their speaking/listening and writing skills. In addition to the textbook we work with various types of authentic German texts, including a longer narrative and topical newspaper and magazine articles, as well as various types of television programs, including news and entertainment shows. In the process students also expand their reading proficiency and increase their knowledge and understanding of the German-speaking world. Prerequisite: GER 235.

340. Independent Study. (1, 2, 3 hours)

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 235 or 301 or instructor’s permission.

370. Topics in German Language/Culture/Literature. (3 hours) Study of special topics announced at advanced registration. Prerequisite: GER 301.

402. Teaching of Foreign Languages. (3 hours) Methods and materials for the teaching of foreign languages. Prerequisites: Junior standing, and GER 335.

420. Masterpieces of German Literature. (3 hours) Readings of representative works by major German authors, studied against the background of historical and intellectual developments. Prerequisite: GER 301.

425. Translation Workshop. (3 hours) In this course students develop their ability to render ideas from one language to the other as accurately as possible, thus enhancing the understanding of idioms and vocabulary subtleties. The texts used vary according to each student’s major interests. Prerequisite: GER 335.

435. Conversation and Composition: Intermediate-High. (3 hours) Guided practice in speaking and writing German. Videos and other audio-visual material are used. Special emphasis is placed on skills required for the ACTFL proficiency level intermediate-high. Prerequisite: GER 335.

440. Independent Study. (1 to 3 hours)