1. Lower Division Courses
1602 Intensive German I - introduces the German language with emphasis on oral communication. For this reason,
the management of speaking and listening comprehension skills is particularly stressed.
Students will acquire a working vocabulary and will learn to function in everyday
situations. Some written communication is introduced from the beginning, together
with reading comprehension skills. The study of grammar allows the students to understand
the structure of the language. Each course has a mandatory tutoring component.
2612 Intensive German II is the transition between the elementary courses and higher levels, which focuses
on culture and presupposes good grammar, speaking, reading and writing skills in German.
This course continues with the acquisition of a few new grammatical structures, while
also practicing reading longer, authentic texts, writing increasingly more complex
essays, strengthening oral communication skills, and expanding vocabulary. The second
half of the course teaches the history and culture of Germany based on authentic materials.
At the same time, reading comprehension, oral and written communication, and vocabulary
acquisition are expanded to a more complex level.
- Advanced Courses in German Language, Literature and Culture
- Advanced German Grammar Refinement and extension of grammatical skills and structures in reading, writing
and speaking moving beyond a simple review of grammar.
- Advanced Conversation and Composition. Written and oral communication on an advanced level. Issues in contemporary German
society and politics build the focus of the course. Students will practice writing
extensively in different genres and give both formal and informal oral presentations.
- Introduction to German Studies. Introduction to the tools and techniques of literary analysis and close reading of
German language texts. Terminology necessary for the analysis of literature, film,
music and the visual arts will be acquired.
3330. Historical Linguistics. Designed for language majors, but open to all students. An introduction to modern
approaches to the study of language, culminating in an inquiry into the origins, historical
development and kinship of Indo-European languages. Every other year.
- Applied Linguistics: Introduction to Foreign Language Pedagogy. Introduction to the methods for teaching foreign languages at the secondary and university
levels focusing on theory as well as practice. Includes supervised teaching units
in UD Modern Language courses.
- History of the German Language. Introduction to the history of the German language, from its Indo-European roots
through the present. Examines the historical, social and cultural context that shaped
the German language and its dialects.
- German Translation. Identical to German for Reading Knowledge II (MCTG 5312). Introduction to issues in
translation of challenging authentic texts. Focus is on the translation of representative
texts relevant to a wide array of academic disciplines. Including: Literature (poetry,
prose and criticism), Philosophy, History, Theology, Politics and scholarly academic
writing in select contemporary journals.
- German Literary Tradition I. A chronological survey of German literature from around 800 to approximately 1800.
Significant works from the Middle Ages, Reformation, Baroque, Enlightenment and Sturm
und Drang are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the tools of analysis specific to German
- German Literary Tradition II. A continuation of the survey of German literature from the Classicism to the rise
of the Third Reich.
- German Literary Tradition III. A continuation of the survey of German Literature from the Nazi dictatorship to the
3V32. German Outreach Teaching Practicum. A basic introduction to teaching foreign languages to children, as well as the opportunity
to put the student’s skills to immediate practice by teaching children at Holy Family
School or Redeemer Montessori School. The course can be taken for 1, 2, or 3 credit
hours. Graded course.
3V50–5V50. Special Topics in German. Courses offered as needed, focusing on particular authors, periods and genres.
3V57. German Internship. A 1-3 credit practicum undertaken with the approval of the program director involving
off-campus educational involvement, such as an internship or related activity, in
which there is a designated analytical or intellectual element resulting in an appropriate
research paper or related project. Students should follow guidelines for internships.
Graded Pass / No Pass. Can be taken for up to three credits.
4320. The German Novella from Goethe to Kafka. Introduction to shorter German prose with an emphasis on the genre of the novella
and how it has developed from the classical period through the early twentieth century.
4321. German Lyric Poetry. Introduction to German lyric poetry from the Middle Ages to the present. The course
emphasizes the tools and techniques for analyzing poetry in German.
4322. German Drama. Study of the history of German Drama culminating in an actual student production
of a representative play in German.
4323. Advanced Civilization. Topic course with varying content. Familiarizes advanced students with significant
examples of German art, music and non-literary writings of modernity. Emphasis on
understanding of the context of modern literature and culture in the German-speaking
world. Extensive readings and the writing of longer essays afford the students practice
in exploring expository educated German style.
4324. Wagner. This course deals with the many-faceted phenomenon that is Wagner and his impact upon
the art, culture, thought and even consciousness not only of his century but of the
modernist age that followed. Examines Wagner’s innovation in music, as well as his
impact upon the artistic consciousness of the 19th century.
4348 Senior Thesis. Extended research in German, which allows the student to pursue a topic related to
their chosen track (Literature, Linguistics, or Intellectual History). The thesis
demonstrates reading, research, and writing skills and includes an oral presentation
5311 German for Reading Knowledge/Translation. The first part of a two-semester sequence, designed to teach graduate students and
students from other departments how to read German for their own research purposes.
During the course of the term, the entire grammar is presented systematically, together
with exercises designed to practice translating the grammatical features which have
just been learned. The course is also recommended for mayors and concentrators as
it allows them to explore strategies of translation.
5366 German for Reading Knowledge II. Continues the study of written academic texts in German. Complex grammar structure
and vocabulary are studied, and the focus is on longer paragraphs, while continuing
with the techniques of reading strategies. A passing grade in the final exam of this
course is the equivalent of passing the modern language requirement in German for
graduate studies at the University of Dallas.
4000-level courses are divided thus:
4300-09 - Introductory, fundamentals, or principles courses
4310-19 - Individual authors
4320-29 - Genre or literary form
4330-39 - Linguistics, language pedagogy
4340-59 - Historical period or movement
4360-79 - Thematic or motif-based courses
4380-99 - Interdisciplinary and cultural courses
How to Keep Up Your German Over the Summer, During Your Rome Semester, Or If You Can’t
Take Upper Division Courses After Intermediate II
1. For anyone seriously interested in becoming fluent, we recommend the book Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It, by Gabriel Wyner. He also has a helpful website with resource recommendations for
German: https://fluent- forever.com/language-resources/learn-german/
- reading in German is the single best thing you can do to keep up your German – it
reinforces and improves vocabulary as well as grammar structures (if you read attentively,
that is J). It doesn’t matter what you read, even Harry Potter in German will do wonders
for your language skills!
- when reading on your own, remember that the key is to focus on the general idea, not
a word for word understanding. You don’t need to translate the text in order to understand
it. In fact, it would be way better to try to block out ALL English during your reading
process and to try and just focus on what you can figure out in German. So, don’t
use a dictionary right away when you don’t understand something. Underline the word
and come back to it later if you need to.
- what matters most is that it’s something you are interested in, otherwise you may
not be motivated enough to plod through it and finish it J Try using www.google.de or www.yahoo.de and type in a topic keyword (auf Deutsch natürlich) so that you’ll only get sites
on your topic of interest in German.
- some good story collections, many bilingual, are available on Amazon.com: Beginner's German Reader [ISBN 0844221708]; Short Stories in German / Erzählungen auf Deutsch [ISBN 978-0140265422]; Selected Folktales/Ausgewählte Märchen: A Dual-Language Book [ISBN 978-0486424743]; German Short Stories 1 and 2: Parallel Text Edition (intermediate-advanced level texts)
- Learn German With Stories: Café in Berlin - 10 Short Stories For Beginners (several others in that series)
- Learning German through Storytelling: Mord Am Morgen - a detective story for German
language learners (several others in that series)
3. Online exchange partners
- watch German films! Best practice: watch them twice, first with English subtitles,
then a second time without. That second time is crucial – you aren’t really practicing
German by watching a film with subtitles. Even native speakers who watch films with
subtitles focus primarily on the subtitles rather than the spoken words. By watching
films first with subtitles, then without, you will be better able to understand things
the second time because you know what’s going on, but you’ll be forced to just listen
if you can’t read.
- Here are some lists with good German films:
5. German news /videocasts online
6. Other Podcasts
7. Free online courses or study materials for learning German:
8. Online games/apps
9. Audio language courses
- your local public library probably has some language programs available, such as Pimsleur
or Barron. While these are generally not that great, they are nice to use in the car
or while cooking just to immerse yourself a little bit. They are also very good for