Graduate Course Descriptions

The following directory lists the graduate courses which the University expects to offer, although the University in no way guarantees that all such courses will be offered in any given academic year, and reserves the right to alter the list if conditions warrant. Click on the links below for a list of courses in that subject area. You may then click “View Classes” to see scheduled classes for individual courses.

5305. Studies in Germanic Philology and Linguistics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Study of a coherent body of material related to older Germanic languages; to diachronic or synchronic phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexicology of Germanic languages; or to other areas of theoretical or applied linguistics.

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5314. German Studies

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Exploration of the field of German Studies as an "interdiscipline"; analysis of a coherent body of material drawn from the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, or other fields that helps to illuminate the German-speaking world.

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5315. Topics in German Studies

1.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 4 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Focus on a particular theme (e.g. "revolution," or "family and society"), approach (e.g. critical theory, or feminist interpretations), genre (e.g. lyric, or autobiographical essay), skill (e.g. research methodology) or other aspect of German studies.

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5332. Studies in German Literature II

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Study of a coherent body of texts drawn from the period from approximately 1700 to 1890.

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5345. Studies in German Literature III

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Study of a coherent body of texts drawn from the period from approximately 1890 to the present.

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5365. German Film Studies

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Study of a coherent body of films and related materials (e.g. fiction, theory, reviews) organized to illuminate particular themes (e.g. representations of postwar Germany), relationships (e.g. between films and literature or film and social context), cinematic styles (e.g. Expressionism), etc.

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5376. Rhetoric and Writing

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

In-depth introduction to the rhetorical resources of the German language; extensive analysis of spoken and written language; application of knowledge in students' own writing and speaking.

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5377. Topics in Rhetoric and Writing

1.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 4 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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5378. Preparation for Certification of Proficiency in German

Zero credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Development of students' proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing German in preparation for either the Mittelstufenprufung or Oberstufenprufung.

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5380. German Language Methodology

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Exploration and analysis of a range of theories, issues, and problems in German instruction. Focus on the nature of language acquisition, methods, and implications for practice.

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5385. German Literary Criticism and Theory

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Systematic study of literary criticism, including such topics as the contributions of particular critical approaches to the understanding of significant German-language literary works; the philosophies, implicit or explicit, underlying various critical approaches; and the German contribution to international critical discourse.

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5390. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 24 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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6420. Seminar in Medieval Literature

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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6450. Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Literature

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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6460. Seminar in Twentieth-Century Literature

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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6480. Investigation of Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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