Chair: Professors Sigrun D. Leonhard, winter and spring, Anne C. Ulmer, fall
Professors: Julie A. Klassen, Sigrun D. Leonhard, John Roger Paas, Anne C. Ulmer
Adjunct Instructor: Nadja Krämer
In our changing global environment, communication is the key to understanding other peoples and cultures. After your first year of German at Carleton, you will have the oral proficiency to live and study in a German-speaking country. Our programs in Berlin, Munich, Nuremberg, and Graz, Austria, offer wide-ranging choices in location. They give you the chance to apply what you learned in your German class in a European environment. (You'll also be surprised how far German gets you in the Czech Republic and Hungary!)
Since the fall of the Wall and the establishment of the European Union as an economic and political power, the question of German identity has again come to the forefront. Its philosophical and literary foundations are crucial to an understanding of the country. You will gain the skills to read important writers and thinkers in the original German: Goethe, Schiller, Kafka, Rilke, Mann, Freud, Brecht, Crista Wolf, Ingeborg Bachmann.
Recent offerings: Science, Authority, and Conscience in Modern German Literature; The German Fairy Tale; Searching for the Self; Views of Reality; Border Crossings: Postmodern Perspectives on French and German Cinema.
Literature and Culture Courses in German: Recent offerings include: Crimes in the Making (Contemporary German mystery writers); Dream and Reality: Vienna, 1900/2000; The Age of Goethe; Topics in German Drama; Post WWII Austria in the Works of Ingeborg Bachmann; Young Adult Literature; Rebels, Revolutionaries and Misfits (German literary figures from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries); Realism and the Rise of Modernism; Romantic Visions of the World.
Literature and Culture Courses in Translation: Studies in German Cinema; European Film; From Gutenberg to Gates: History and Practice of the Book; Contemporary Women Writers in the German-Speaking Countries; Damsels, Dwarfs and Dragons: Medieval German Literature; Cultures in Conflict: The Reception of Shakespeare in Germany.
Special Seminar for First-year Students (in translation): The Face in the Mirror: Searching for the Self, Views of Reality: Understanding Literary Works of the Past
Requirements for a German Major:
Sixty-six credits including 206, Conversation and Composition or 207, Young Adult Literature, one survey course, Literary and Cultural Studies 245 (normally taken during the junior year) and the integrative exercise. Courses 101, 102, 103, 204, and 205 do not count toward the major. Additionally, at least six credits are required in literature outside the major, read in the original language or in translation. Majors are encouraged to take other related courses in fields such as history, philosophy, religion, classics, and art or music history, in order to gain further perspectives on their literary studies.
A special major involving German and another discipline may sometimes be arranged upon consultation with the department chair. Participation by such students in a Carleton or other approved foreign study program is highly recommended.
Certificate of Advanced Study in Foreign Language and Literature or Area Studies: In order to receive the Certificate of Advanced Study in German students must fulfill the general requirements (refer to Academic regulations) in the following course distribution: six courses beyond 103, of which at least three will be taught in the target language, and two of those three courses may be advanced language courses (205, 206 or 207). Courses remaining may be from the German section or from a list of approved courses offered by other departments (philosophy, history, linguistics, music, etc.)
Language Houses: Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the language by living in the Language House. The Associate is a native speaker, and students organize and participate in numerous cultural activities in the language houses.
Elementary and Intermediate Language Courses:
Language courses 101, 102, 103 and 204 are a sequential series of courses designed to prepare the student to satisfy the College language requirement and/or to pursue advanced work in the language, literature and culture of German-speaking countries. Courses 101, 102 and 103 meet five days a week and 204 meets three days a week. Admission to these courses is determined either by appropriate CEEB or placement test scores, or by completion of the previous course in the sequence with a C- grade or better.