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Welcome to German Studies at the University of Delaware!

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​German​ Faculty

​Meet the Faculty​

​Dynamic courses, an expert faculty, personalized attention to students, and numerous opportunities to study​​ abroad make German Studies at the University of Delaware a rewarding experience.

Our German faculty is a dedicated group of teachers, each with many years of professional experience. We get to know our students and are readily available to mentor them. Students receive guidance in choosing courses, help finding scholarships and study abroad programs, as well as support when they pursue careers or further study.​

We offer study abroad programs in two beautiful, historic cities: Salzburg, Austria and Leipzig, Germany. As an​ enhancement to course work, these programs include many excursions to cultural sites. Need- and merit-based scholarships are available for both programs.

Additionally, our students may compete for scholarships that cover expenses for two other study abroad opportunities: a four-week summer program in Fulda, Germany and grant for a full year of study at a German university (see below).​

Many of our German majors and minors have won prestigious national/international grants and prizes. We sponsor an active German Club with many members. Its events enable students to practice their German and learn more about German culture. We sponsor a chapter of the German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha, with a festive event each year to recognize student success.​​

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General Course Offerings

​​​​Semester course offerings are listed in the Course Catalog

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GRMN 200: German Grammar Review

Have you completed the 100-level German sequence but still have questions about grammar? Are adjective endings, cases, and verb placement still a bit of a mystery to you? If you answered yes to these questions, this course is for you. We will focus on clarifying fundamental grammatical concepts and on how to use them in real-life situations. In addition, we will build upon this foundation and expand your knowledge of grammar by exploring more subtle nuances of the German language. As we work on mastering the grammar, we will continue to refine your writing skills, listening comprehension and speaking ability. Students will complete a writing project and take several quizzes, a midterm and a final exam.

Prerequisite: German 107 or the equivalent, or instructor’s permission.

GRMN 205: German Conversation

For most learners of a foreign language, speaking is the hardest skill to master. Do you still lack confidence starting a conversation in German? Do you struggle to find the right words? Do you feel like you talked about a topic in class before but still cannot imagine discussing it with a native speaker? If you answered yes, GRMN 205 is a perfect fit for you. This course is focused on building conversational skills and giving students strategies for working around their limited vocabulary so they can keep their German conversations going. Learning about cultural nuances and culturally appropriate ways to approach different situations are also integral parts of this class. In addition, we will systematically review and build on grammar skills thus improving reading and writing fluency. This class is very interactive and will include group work, discussions, Flipgrid recordings, interviews, and conversations with native speakers via Talk Abroad. There will also be chapter tests and a final presentation.

Honors students will be studying the material more in depth. They will have additional homework, will be responsible for creating a more involved presentation at the end of the semester, and will need to spend more time speaking with our native speaker partners.

Prerequisite: German 107 or equivalent

​GRMN 210: German for Everyday Life

This course will focus on speaking and writing about everyday situations. Can you explain in German how to get from the Green Turtle Bar to The Scrounge? Can you tell someone how to make your favorite dish? Can you describe the layout of your dorm room, or tell the doctor where it hurts? Topics we’ll consider will include: describing yourself, your family, and your surroundings; traveling, shopping, cooking, going out to dinner, giving directions, and using a computer. Your participation in this course will greatly expand your German vocabulary, improve your speaking skills, and hone your writing abilities. Frequent use of short German videos will increase your listening comprehension, and there will be selective review of some points of grammar. Students will be asked to complete short essays and projects, to create and narrate at least one short film on their phones, and to take midterm and final exams.

Prerequisite: German 107 or equivalent

GRMN 211: German Reading and Writing

Designed as an introduction to literature for students who have developed basic German language skills, this course will enable you to read German fiction with greater ease and appreciation. In order to build confidence gradually, we’ll begin with very short stories, progressing step-by-step to longer ones. We’ll also work with a short film and some lyrics of contemporary music. On occasion, we’ll review selected aspects of grammar. Students will be asked to write several short, creative essays, and to take a midterm and final exam.

This course fulfills an Arts and Sciences ‘Group A’ requirement.Prerequisite: German 107 or equivalent

GRMN 311: Introduction to Modern German Literature

What motivates the action in German literature? How has that changed over time? In this course we will consider why the era of “modern” German literature is said to have begun 250 years ago, and how many of the topics and concerns of the authors and their characters in German drama, prose and poetry between the late 18th and early 20th centuries have remained relevant since then. Then we will investigate how some of those themes appear in films of the 20th & 21st centuries. The goals of the course are to provide students with an overview of German literature and culture from the 18th to the 20th century, improve their German skills and learn how to do close reading. Students will write several short papers, two essays, and a midterm and final exam.

Prerequisite: for majors: three 200-level courses taught in German; for minors: two 200-level courses taught in German

GRMN 325: German Civilization & Culture

In this course we will focus primarily on the 20th century, a time of dramatic upheavals in Germany. Some of the topics we’ll discuss include urban modernization at the dawn of the century, the Weimar Republic, the rise and fall of the Third Reich, the two Germanys of the Cold War period, and Unification. To help illustrate these topics, we’ll consider readings (including a graphic novel), paintings, architecture, music, and film. Students will be asked to participate actively in class discussions, to write short essays/homeworks, and to take a midterm and final exam.

Prerequisite for majors: three 200-level courses taught in German Prerequisite for minors: two 200-level courses taught in German
This course fulfills a College of Arts and Sciences Group B requirement.

GRMN 355: Narratives by Women Writers

In this course we’ll read and discuss short stories by women writers of German-speaking countries, including the former GDR. Our readings will begin in the mid-19th century with a work from the Realist period and take us to the 21st century. Narratives will include those by Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Marieluise Fleißer, Ingeborg Bachmann, Sarah Kirsch, Judith Hermann, and Karen Duve. Students will be asked to write several short essays, and to take a midterm and final exam.

Prerequisites: for minors: two 200-level courses taught in German; for majors: three 200-level courses taught in German

GRMN 455: The Concept of Schuld in Litera​ture and Film

How do people deal with their past sins and those of their family? Of society? How do historical circumstances change how we view sin, guilt, and responsibility? Who are the victims? Who are the perpetrators? Can justice be achieved? In this course we will discuss how literary texts from the 19th -20th centuries and a few recent films explore these questions.

Students will complete several short writing assignments, two essays, and a midterm and final exam

Prerequisite: for minors: two 300-level courses taught in German; for majors: three 300-level courses taught in German​

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