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2012-2013 Catalogue

Courses offered by the German and Russian Department


Courses in German

GERM 001 - Elementary
An introduction to all aspects of contemporary standard German: Speaking, listening, reading, writing. Cultural components include topics such as: music, art, literature, and current events.
Credits: 4.
GERM 002 - Elementary
German: Speaking, listening, reading, writing. Cultural components include topics such as: music, art, literature, and current events. Prerequisite: GERM 001 or equivalent. An introduction to all aspects of contemporary standard
Credits: 4.
GERM 051 - Intermediate
Comprehensive review of German grammar, vocabulary-building skills, development of reading strategies and compositional abilities, study of contemporary German culture through literary texts. Prerequisites: GERM 001, GERM 002 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.
GERM 052 - Intermediate
Comprehensive review of German grammar, vocabulary-building skills, development of reading strategies and compositional abilities, study of contemporary German culture through literary texts. Prerequisites: GERM 001, GERM 002 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.
GERM 095 - Special Topics
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Credits: 1-18.
GERM 096 - Special Topics
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Credits: 1-18.
GERM 103 - Composition & Conversation
An intensive language course concentrating on more advanced syntax, vocabulary building, and idiomatic expression through written compositions, translations, and oral presentations. Prerequisite: GERM 052 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.
GERM 104 - German News Media
Analysis of journalistic style and content in news coverage of contemporary events as reported in newspapers, magazines, radio, and television in German-speaking countries. Prerequisite: GERM 052 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.
GERM 121 - Culture & Civilization to 1900
Historical, intellectual, and artistic developments of German culture and civilization from Roman times through the 19th century, stressing written and oral work. Prerequisite: GERM 052 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.
GERM 122 - 20th C Culture & Civilization
Social, cultural, and political developments in the German-speaking countries since 1900, stressing written and oral components. Prerequisite: GERM 052 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.
GERM 155 - German Lit in Context I
Introduction to German Literature from the Enlightenment through Realism with attention to political, philosophical, musical, and artistic developments. Authors may include Goethe, Schiller, Novalis, Hoffmann, Heine, and Buchner. Prerequisite: GERM 052.
Credits: 3.
GERM 156 - German Lit in Context II
Study of 20th century German literature in historical and cultural contexts. Introduction to important topics and stylistic elements through representative texts from prevalent literary movements. Prerequisite: GERM 052.
Credits: 3.
GERM 195 - Intermediate Special Topics
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Credits: 1-18.
GERM 196 - Intermediate Special Topics
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Credits: 1-18.
GERM 197 - Readings & Research
Credits: 1-6.
GERM 198 - Readings & Research
Credits: 1-6.
GERM 201 - Methods Research&Bibliography
Introduction to tools and methods of research, including major bibliographical sources, reference works, dictionaries, editions, and journals concerned with German literature, language, and folklore. Prerequisite: Two 100-level courses.
Credits: 3.
GERM 202 - Expository Writing
Improvement of writing skills through work with authentic texts from different content areas (literature, media, science, business). Emphasis on stylistic development and sophisticated vocabulary-building. Prerequisite: Two 100-level courses.
Credits: 3.
GERM 213 - History of the German Language
Historical and linguistic development of the German language from Indo-European to the present, emphasizing sound shifts, the 16th century, and the modern age. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156; one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.
GERM 214 - Middle Ages
Analysis and discussion of several "Minnesang" poets (esp. Walther and Neidhart), the Nibelungenlied, the courtly epics Erec, Parzival, and Tristan, and the satirical epic Helmbrecht. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156; one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.
GERM 225 - Goethe
Study of Goethe's accomplishments in poetry, drama, and the novel during major phases of his literary career: "Sturm und Drang," Classicism, and Romanticism. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.
GERM 226 - Schiller
Major attention will be paid to Schiller's development as a dramatist (from Die Rauber to Wilhelm Tell) as well as to his contributions to German Classicism. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.
GERM 237 - 19th-Century Prose
Literary and stylistic analysis of prose works by Tieck, Kleist, Stifter, Gotthelf, Droste-Hulshoff, Storm, Keller, and Hauptmann with emphasis on Romanticism, Poetic Realism, and Naturalism. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.
GERM 247 - German Lit from 1890 to 1945
Naturalism, Symbolism, Expressionism and subsequent trends through readings of authors such as Hauptmann, Rilke, Kaiser, Kafka, Mann, and Brecht. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.
GERM 248 - Contemporary German Literature
Literary movements and their major representatives from 1945 to the present, including relevant sociopolitical, intellectual, and cultural aspects. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.
GERM 251 - German Folklore
Verbal folklore genres (fairy tales, legends, folk songs, and proverbs) treated in their relation to literature, mass media, and popular culture. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.
GERM 263 - German Romanticism
Study of major works by authors such as Friedrich Schlegel, Novalis, Brentano, Hoffmann, and Eichendorff in their literary, artistic, philosophical, and sociopolitical contexts. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.
GERM 271 - Proverbs
Diachronic and synchronic survey of German proverbs, proverbial expressions, and wellerisms, emphasizing their use and function in literature, art, mass media, advertisements and oral communication. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.
GERM 273 - German Intellectual Movements
A survey of developments in art, music, philosophy, and social thought from the Enlightenment to 1945, with particular attention to their impact on German literature. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.
GERM 275 - Fin-de-Siecle
Prevalent literary and intellectual movements at the turn of the 20th century in their historical, sociopolitical, and cultural contexts. Study of Nietzsche, Freud, Rilke, Hofmannsthal, Schnitzler, and Mann. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.
GERM 276 - Brecht & the Modern Drama
Brecht's revolutionary concept of "epic theatre" in theory and practice and its influence on subsequent dramatists, including Durrenmatt, Frisch, Handke, Hochhuth, Muller, and Weiss. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.
GERM 279 - German Short Story after 1945
Aesthetic and thematic evolution of the short story and its relation to historical, political, and cultural developments from 1945 to the present. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.
GERM 281 - Sem in Lit Genre,Period,Theme
Study of a literary genre, period, or theme through close readings of representative texts supplemented by lectures and reports on sociocultural context. May be repeated. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.
GERM 282 - Sem on Particular Author
Study of author(s) through close readings of representative texts supplemented by lectures and reports on the works' socio-cultural context. May be repeated. Prerequisite: GERM 155 or GERM 156 and one other 100-level course.
Credits: 3.
GERM 295 - Advanced Special Topics
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Credits: 1-18.
GERM 296 - Advanced Special Topics
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Credits: 1-18.
GERM 391 - Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1-12.

Courses in Hebrew

HEBR 001 - Elementary
The spoken language of everyday use with oral, aural, and written practice in speaking, reading, and comprehension.
Credits: 4.
HEBR 002 - Elementary
The spoken language of everyday use with oral, aural, and written practice in speaking, reading, and comprehension. Prerequisite: HEBR 001 or equivalent.
Credits: 4.
HEBR 051 - Intermediate
Reading, translation, and discussion in Hebrew of texts selected to show the development of Hebrew culture from Biblical times to the present. Prerequisites: HEBR 001, HEBR 002 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.
HEBR 052 - Intermediate
Reading, translation, and discussion in Hebrew of texts selected to show the development of Hebrew culture from Biblical times to the present. Prerequisites: HEBR 001, HEBR 002 or equivalent, HEBR 051.
Credits: 3.
HEBR 095 - Special Topics
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Credits: 1-18.
HEBR 096 - Special Topics
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Credits: 1-6.
HEBR 195 - Intermediate Special Topics
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Credits: 1-18.
HEBR 196 - Intermediate Special Topics
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Credits: 1-18.
HEBR 197 - Readings & Research
Credits: 1-6.
HEBR 198 - Readings & Research
Credits: 1-6.

Courses in Russian

RUSS 001 - Elementary Russian
An introduction to all aspects of contemporary standard Russian: speaking, listening, reading, writing. Cultural components include topics such as music, art, literature, and current events. No previous knowledge of Russian needed for RUSS 001.
Credits: 4.
RUSS 002 - Elementary Russian
An introduction to all aspects of contemporary standard Russian: speaking, listening, reading, writing. Cultural components include topics such as music, art, literature, and current events. Prerequisite: RUSS 001 or equivalent.
Credits: 4.
RUSS 051 - Intermediate Russian
Continued practical work in all language skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing), with more analysis of the structure of Russian. Continuation of cultural components. Prerequisite: RUSS 001, RUSS 002.
Credits: 4.
RUSS 052 - Intermediate Russian
Continued practical work in all language skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing), with more analysis of the structure of Russian. Continuation of cultural components. Prerequisite: RUSS 051.
Credits: 4.
RUSS 095 - Introductory Special Topics
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Credits: 1-18.
RUSS 096 - Introductory Special Topics
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Credits: 1-18.
RUSS 101 - Phonology
Practical work on Russian intonation, element order, and phonetics, using primarily Russian materials. Classroom and language laboratory work. May be taken together with RUSS Prerequisite: RUSS 052 or concurrent enrollment in RUSS 052. 052.
Credits: 3.
RUSS 121 - Composition & Conversation
Continued practical work on all four language skills. Emphasis on oral and written self-expression. Presentations and compositions based on Russian-language media and literature. Prerequisite: RUSS 052
Credits: 3.
RUSS 122 - Composition & Conversation
Continued practical work on all four language skills. Emphasis on oral and written self-expression. Presentations and compositions based on Russian-language media and literature. Prerequisite: RUSS 052.
Credits: 3.
RUSS 141 - Reading Comprehension
Development of contextual strategies for reading authentic texts on a number of content areas, primarily expository texts from Russian newspapers, magazines, historical and scientific documents. Prerequisite: RUSS 052.
Credits: 3.
RUSS 142 - Listening Comprehension
Intensive directed aural work with authentic Russian-language media (especially television, radio, and films), supplemented by work on vocabulary development and listening strategies. Prerequisite: RUSS 052.
Credits: 3.
RUSS 161 - Russian Lexicology
Study of Russian word roots and derivational morphology to increase vocabulary recognition and retention, building on correspondences with English/Latinic equivalent roots where possible. Prerequisite: RUSS 052.
Credits: 3.
RUSS 195 - Intermediate Special Topics
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Credits: 1-18.
RUSS 196 - Intermediate Special Topics
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Credits: 1-18.
RUSS 197 - Readings & Research
Credits: 1-6.
RUSS 198 - Readings & Research
Credits: 1-6.
RUSS 201 - Survey of Russian Literature
Readings and discussions about Russian literature to the rise of modernism. Particular attention to the social and historical context of the 19th century novel. Prerequisite: RUSS 052. WLIT 118 recommended.
Credits: 3.
RUSS 202 - Survey 20th Century Russ Lit
Readings and discussions about Russian literature from the rise of modernism to present. Particular attention to function of literature in Soviet society. Prerequisite: RUSS 052. WLIT 118 recommended.
Credits: 3.
RUSS 221 - Cult & Civ to 1905 Revolution
Social, cultural, and political institutions from the time of Peter the Great to the 1905 revolution. Particular attention to Russian music, art, and literature. Prerequisite: RUSS 052.
Credits: 3.
RUSS 222 - Cult & Civ in the 20th Century
Social, cultural, and political institutions from the 1905 revolution to the present. Particular attention to tensions between official and unofficial culture during the Soviet period. Prerequisite: RUSS 052.
Credits: 3.
RUSS 251 - Russian News Media
Analysis of journalistic style and content in news coverage of contemporary events as reported in Russian newspapers and radio and television broadcasts. Prerequisite: RUSS 052 ,RUSS 141, or RUSS 142 recommended.
Credits: 3.
RUSS 271 - Slavic Linguistics
History of Slavic linguistics with particular focus on East, West and South Slavic Languages. Prerequisites: One 100-level Russian course or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.
RUSS 281 - Sem on Sel Lit Genre or Period
Study of a literary genre or period through close readings of representative texts supplemented by lectures and reports on sociocultural context. May be repeated. Prerequisite: One 100-level Russian course.
Credits: 3.
RUSS 282 - Seminar on Selected Author(s)
Study of author(s) through close readings of representative texts supplemented by lectures and reports on the works' sociocultural context. May be repeated. Prerequisite: One 100-level Russian course.
Credits: 3.
RUSS 295 - Advanced Readings & Research
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Credits: 1-18.
RUSS 296 - Advanced Readings & Research
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Credits: 1-18.

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