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Department of

Languages and Literatures

German Courses

Please read the placement policy of this department before enrolling in your first German class at USD or elsewhere.

Lower Division Courses
101 First Semester German 202 Fourth Semester German
102 Second Semester German 230 Intermediate Conversation
194 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture 293 Tutoring and Field Experience in German
201 Third Semester German 294 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture
201 Third semester German in Europe  
Upper Division Courses
301 Advanced Composition 493 Tutoring and Field Experience in German
302 Readings in German Literature 494 Topics in German Literature
303 Cultural Backgrounds of German Civilization 499 Independent Study
304 Commercial Correspondence and Advanced Business German  
315 L2 Teaching Methodologies and Applied Linguistics  
312 German Literature from 1900 to the Present  
394 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture  

Lower-Division Courses (GERM)

A passing grade in German 201 satisfies the core curriculum requirement.

101 First Semester German (3)

Introductory course to German life, language, and essentials of basic grammar with stress upon pronunciation, reading, and oral comprehension. Prerequisite: Placement exam or waiver of placement. Every Fall.

102 Second Semester German (3)

A continuation on the basis of GERM 101 with emphasis on reading, writing, grammar, pronunciation, and elementary conversation. Prerequisite: GERM 101 or equivalent, or placement exam. Every Spring.

194 topics in language, literature, or culture (3)

Study at the lower-division level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. When offered, selected subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. Prerequisites: None.

201 Third Semester German (3)

The final course of the core language sequence completes the introduction of the basic structures of the language, with continuing emphasis on communicative proficiency. At this level students are encouraged to participate in community service-learning and/or cultural activities within the German-speaking community. This course is also offered in the summer in Europe (see below). Prerequisite: GERM 102 or equivalent, or placement exam. Every Fall.

201 Third semester German in Europe (3)

Intensive summer course in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland conducted by a USD faculty member. Direct immersion in the life and culture of German-speaking people. See course description above. The university reserves the right to cancel this course if minimum enrollment is not met, or for any other reason. Prerequisite: GERM 102 or equivalent, or placement exam

202 Fourth Semester German (3)

Oral and written practice of German idiomatic expression and syntax. Emphasis on accuracy and fluency reinforced through readings of short stories and essay writing, as well as conversations dealing with German life and culture. Prerequisite: GERM 201 or equivalent, or placement exam. Every Spring.

230 Intermediate Conversation (3)

Intensive drill in spoken German based on assigned topics. This course does not count toward the German minor, but does count as elective lower-division units toward graduation. Prerequisite: GERM 201 or 202 or equivalent.

293 Tutoring and Field Experience in German (1-3)

Supervised participation in the department’s Tutoring Program or placement in a community organization in which the student’s skills in the target language are developed. Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor or the language coordinator.

294 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture (3)

Study at the lower-division level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. When offered, subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. If taught in English, this course may not fulfill the Core Curriculum language requirement. Consult with the instructor or the department chair. Prerequisite:  GERM 202 or approval of the instructor.

Upper-Division Courses (GERM)

German 301 or equivalent is the prerequisite for all advanced courses.

301 Advanced Composition (3)

Further development of oral and writing abilities. Continued study of the grammatical structure of German with emphasis on idiomatic expressions and syntax. Reading of modern authors to consolidate the learning of idiomatic expressions and prepare for literature classes and further studies through interpretation of prose and films as well as techniques for plot and character analysis. Prerequisite: GERM 202 or equivalent.

302 Readings in German Literature (3)

Assigned readings in modern literature; class reports on literary topics of prose and poetry. Prerequisite: GERM 301 or equivalent.

303 Cultural Backgrounds of German Civilization (3)

Survey of the historical, social, cultural, and artistic evolution of German from the origins to the present. Survey of modern life and geography in Germany. Prerequisite: GERM 202 or equivalent.

304 Commercial Correspondence and Advanced Business German (3)

Oral and written Geschäftsdeutsch with special attention to accurate and idiomatic expressions used in economics, business, professional, and technical fields with an insight into Germany’s place in the European Union and the World Market. Prerequisite: GERM 202 or equivalent.

312 German Literature from 1900 to the Present (3)

A survey of German literature from 1900 to the present. Important movements, authors, and works in German literature since the turn of the century. Prerequisite: GERM 301 or equivalent.

315 L2 Teaching methologies and applied linguistics (3)

An introduction to the history of second language teaching methods, applied linguistics, and the fundamentals of second language teaching. Initial training in the skills needed to be a second language teacher. Prerequisites: GERM 301 or approval of the instructor.

394 Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture (3)

Study at the third-year level of a special topic in language, literature, or culture. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. When offered, subjects will be announced on the MySanDiego portal. If taught in English, this course may not fulfill the Core Curriculum language requirement. Consult with the instructor or the department chair. Prerequisite:  GERM 202 or approval of the instructor.

493 Tutoring and Field Experience in German (1-3)

Supervised participation in the department’s Tutoring Program or placement in a community organization in which the student’s skills in the target language are developed. Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor or the language coordinator.

494 Topics in language, Literature, or culture (3)

Study at an advanced level of major topics of German literature, such as Medieval authors, Renaissance and Baroque masterworks, masterpieces of the Age of Enlightenment, the period of Storm and Stress, Classic and Romantic, Realism, Naturalism, and Modern works of the 20th century; themes, authors, genres. This course may be repeated for credit when the topic changes. Prerequisite: GERM 302 or equivalent.

499 Independent Study (1-3)

A program arranged between the advanced student and the instructor to provide intensive study in a particular area of interest. Extensive reading and consultation are required as well as preparation of reports to be assigned by the instructor. A maximum of three units may be applied toward the minor. Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor and the department chair.