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German (GE)

GE 101  Beginning German I  (4)  

Introduction to conversation, reading, grammar, and composition. Development of oral/aural skills. Particular emphasis on contemporary culture and social customs in the German-speaking countries. An audiovisual program to develop phonological skills is a component of this course. Offered fall semester only. No prerequisite.

GE 102  Beginning German II  (4)  

Continuation of German 101. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisite: GE 101 or two years of high school German, or consent of instructor.

(General Ed Humanities. Global Citizenship Ethics Div.)  

GE 105  Intensive Begin German I & II  (8)  

Same content as GE101 and GE102 but accomplished in one semester of intensive study. Equal emphasis on the development of the four skills – listening, speaking, reading, writing. Class conducted in German, active preparation and participation required. Not open to native speakers of German or students who receive credit in GE 101 and GE 102. Recommended for students who have already had some high school German.

GE 201  Intermediate German I  (3)  

This course is intended as reinforcement of the 5 skills learned in GE 102: speaking, listening, reading, writing and culture. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisite: GE 102 or 3 years of high school German with B or better.

(General Ed Humanities. Global Citizenship Ethics Div.)  

GE 202  Intermediate German II  (3)  

This course is the continuation of GE 201. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisite: GE 201 or consent of the instructor.

(General Ed Humanities. Global Citizenship Ethics Div.)  

GE 207  Basic German Conversation  (3)  

Vocabulary expansion, stressing everyday practical usage. Development of oral/aural skills in conversations on cross-cultural topics. Stress on traditions and current political/ social developments in German-speaking countries. Use of magazines, newspapers, and other topical materials as basis for conversation. Prerequisite: GE 202, two years of high school German or consent of instructor.

GE 214  German Reading & Conversation  (3)  

Prose and poetry selected from German literature, folk culture and public media form the topics for conversation. Prerequisite: GE 202 or consent of instructor.

GE 274  Independent Study  (1-3)  

Directed study. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

GE 290  Study Abroad German Spkg Cntry  (1-15)  

Students who are planning to study in a German speaking country must enroll under this number after consultation with their major advisor. Prerequisite: 1st year university-level German (GE 101 - GE 102) or equivalent.

GE 295  Fac Led Prog German Spkg Cntry  (1-6)  

Students who plan to study German in a German speaking country in a program led by a faculty member at Washburn should enroll in this class. Prerequisite: Consent of Faculty Group Leader.

GE 307  Contemp German Civilization  (3)  

This course is an introduction to contemporary Germany. We will study Germany through its regions, its cultural diversity, its politics, and its relations with Europe and the United States. We will look at the various factors which have impacted modern German life as represented through literature, art, music, and pop culture. THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN ENGLISH. German majors may enroll in this course as an elective if they do not have GE 308.

(General Ed Humanities. Global Citizenship Ethics Div.)  

GE 308  German Lit in Translation  (3)  

This course introduces students to some of the most important German speaking thinkers (writers, poets, and film directors). An emphasis on the historical and cultural context will provide students with a better understanding of literary texts and culture. Each course is organized around one theme or question subject to change. Students will enhance their skill of analyzing narrative [literature, films] and gain an understanding of historical and cultural aspects in the modern German-speaking world. Students will work on producing good academic prose, clear and concise essays on novels, plays, poems, films and/or theoretical works studied in class. Selected films in German will be shown with English subtitles. Class will be conducted in English and it is only valid for the major in the language as a correlated course. Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing or Consent of Instructor.

(General Ed Humanities. Global Citizenship Ethics Div.)  

GE 311  German Grammar Review  (3)  

Comprehensive review of German grammar with emphasis on the development of free composition. Stress on grammatical accuracy, clarity, and the appropriate use of idioms and syntax. Readings illustrate grammatical points and form the basis for composition and discussion. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisite: GE 202 or consent of instructor.

GE 312  Contemporary Written German  (3)  

Readings from contemporary sources, including magazines, newspapers, and literature form basis for discussion and composition. Development of written style as well as grammatical accuracy and the proper use of idioms. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisite: GE 311 or consent of instructor.

GE 315  Translation  (3)  

German-English and English-German translation of texts from diverse areas. Focus on techniques of translating German prose texts and improving German grammar, syntax and the use of idioms. Prerequisite: GE 311 or consent of instructor.

GE 321  Business German  (3)  

Introduction to concepts, vocabulary and language practices basic to doing business with German-speaking people. This course will include components to tie abstract concepts to realities of international business in Kansas. Prerequisite: GE 312 or consent of instructor.

GE 324  German Civilization  (3)  

Study of geography, the visual arts, architecture, music, literature, the economy, customs, and politics from a historical perspective in order to understand present conditions in German-speaking countries. This course will examine these aspects of German civilization from its beginning to the middle of the twentieth century. Prerequisite: GE 312 or consent of instructor.

GE 326  Contemp German/Austrian Civil.  (3)  

Continuation of GE 324; deals with the politics, the economy, the social structures, the arts and the geography of these countries from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Prerequisite: GE 312 or consent of instructor.

GE 331  Intro to German Literature  (3)  

Reading of selected works from various genres, including poetry, theater, and narrative prose fiction, with an emphasis on literary analysis. Prerequisite: GE 312 or consent of instructor.

GE 350  Masterpieces of German Lit  (3)  

Readings of unabridged works from the Middle-Ages through the 19th century. Written and oral discussion of the works as well as their socio-historical background. Prerequisite: GE 312 or consent of instructor.

GE 353  German Lit of the 20th C.  (3)  

Readings of modern unabridged novels, plays, short stories and poetry. Written and oral discussion of the literary significance of the works as well as their sociohistorical background. Prerequisite: GE 312 or consent of instructor.

GE 374  Independent Study  (1-3)  

Directed study. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

GE 375  German Seminar  (1-3)  

Application of the techniques of literary analysis to particular authors or literary movements. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

GE 390  Study Abroad German Spkg Cntry  (1-15)  

Students who are planning to study in a German speaking country should enroll under this number after consultation with their major advisor. Prerequisite: 2nd year university-level German (GE 201 - GE 202) or equivalent.

GE 395  Fac Led Prog German Spkg Cntry  (1-6)  

Students who plan to study German in a German speaking country in a program led by a faculty member at Washburn should enroll in this class. Prerequisite: Consent of Faculty Group Leader.

GE 399  Special Topics/German  (1-3)  

Study of individual authors or topics. May be repeated. See chairperson and/or schedule for current offerings. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

GE 400  Senior Thesis  (3-6)  

A major research project culminating in a thesis which deals with a literary topic, or other topics as approved by the thesis director. May be presented to the departmental faculty for consideration for departmental honors. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

GE 674  Independent Study  (3)  

Directed study. May be repeated. Prerequisites: Admission to the MLS program and consent of instructor.

GE 699  Special Topics/German  (3)  

Study of individual authors or topics. May be repeated. Prerequisites: Admission to the MLS program and consent of instructor.