Studying German at Marquette develops your ability to use German to immerse yourself in the dramatic story of German literature and history, culture and contemporary society. The multi-disciplinary German Studies concentration lets you combine intensive language training with courses from across the college that engage German history and politics, intellectual heritage and culture. Recent courses in the traditional concentration in German Language, Literature and Culture have explored the topic of witness and resistance in German literature, the works of Franz Kafka, and the revolutionary aspects of art and music in the Romantic era. As a second major, German offers a unique way of enlarging pre-professional or scientific studies, especially for those who plan careers in law, medicine, business, government and education.

In addition to offering the German major, the faculty also support students preparing for secondary teaching, as well as a popular minor in German which consists of eighteen credit hours beyond the intermediate language level.

Major in German

The major in German consists of ten or eleven courses with a minimum of 30-33 credit hours: six required courses (18 credit hours) and an additional four courses (12 credit hours) in Concentration 1 or Concentration 2 and five courses (15 credit hours) in Concentration 3 as listed below. 

Note:

  • Elementary and intermediate level GRMN courses (GRMN 1001 Elementary German 1, GRMN 1003 Intensive Elementary GermanGRMN 2001 Intermediate German 1, GRMN 2002 Intermediate German 2 and GRMN 2003 Intensive Intermediate German) do not count toward the major.
Required Courses:
GRMN 3000Introduction to German Studies3
GRMN 3001German Composition and Conversation3
GRMN 3500The Modern German Short Story3
GRMN 4961Workshop in German/English Translation3
Surveys in German Literature: 3
Thematic Surveys in German Literature
Selected Genres in German Literature
Individual Authors in German Literature
German Studies workshops in writing and research: Both courses must be taken in combination for 3 credits total. 3
Workshop in German Studies Research (1 or 2 credits)
Workshop in German Studies Writing (1 or 2 credits)
Total Credit Hours18

Students must complete four or five additional German courses in one of the concentrations as indicated below:

Concentration 1: German Language, Literature and Culture

Electives: Choose four additional GRMN courses. 12
Both of the following courses in English may be counted toward the major:
Topics in German Culture
German Literature in English Translation
Total Credit Hours12

Concentration 2: Multidisciplinary German Studies

Electives: Choose four additional courses from at least two different subject areas:12
Topics in German Culture
German Literature in English Translation
The Middle Ages
War and Religion in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1650
Reaction, Revolution, and Nationalism: 1814 to 1914
Twentieth Century Europe
Intellectual History of Modern Europe
Modern Germany
Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
Marx and Marxism
Phenomenology and Existentialism
Nineteenth-Century German Philosophy
Comparative Health Politics and Policy
European Politics
International Politics of Europe
Nietzsche and Christianity
Karl Marx
Theology in the Reformation Era
Martin Luther
History of Theatre II: Modern Theatre
Total Credit Hours12

Concentration 3: Education Majors

Note:

  • GRMN 3210 German Literature in English Translation does not fulfill the elective requirement for Concentration 2: Education majors.
Required Courses:
GRMN 3120German Phonetics and Advanced Speaking Practice3
GRMN 3200Topics in German Culture 3
GRMN 4110Advanced German Grammar3
Electives: Choose two additional GRMN courses.6
Total Credit Hours15

Additional requirements for Concentration 3: Education Majors:

  1. The German section will offer Education Majors an on-going evaluation of the candidates’ abilities to understand and produce German, to read and write the language and to understand the structure of the language. Additionally, an evaluation is made of the candidate’s familiarity with current German culture.
  2. Maintenance of a minimum 2.750 grade point average in the German major with a minimum of a 3.000 grade point average in the following courses as applicable: GRMN 3001 German Composition and Conversation, GRMN 3100 Advanced German Composition and Conversation, GRMN 3120 German Phonetics and Advanced Speaking Practice and GRMN 4110 Advanced German Grammar.
  3. Passing an official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in German at the level of Intermediate-High on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Scale before being permitted to register for FOLA 4000 Teaching World Languages and Cultures.
  4. Completion of FOLA 4000 Teaching World Languages and Cultures.
  5. Residence in a country in which German is spoken or participation in a structured study abroad program and/or intensive immersion experience. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures must approve the program selected.

Minor in German

The minor in German consists of six courses (18 credit hours): three required courses (9 credit hours) and three electives (9 credit hours) as listed below.

Note:

Required:
GRMN 3001German Composition and Conversation3
GRMN 3500The Modern German Short Story3
And one of the following:3
Thematic Surveys in German Literature
Selected Genres in German Literature
Individual Authors in German Literature
Electives: Choose three GRMN courses. 9
One of the following courses in English may be counted toward the minor:
Topics in German Culture
German Literature in English Translation
Total Credit Hours18

Curricular Requirements

Seminar Series *3
Introduction to Honors in the Humanities
Developing a Humanities Honors Project and Writing a Research Proposal
Humanities Honors Project Seminar
One upper-division German Disciplinary Honors course3
One upper-division Humanities Disciplinary Honors Languages, Literatures and Cultures (CLAS, FREN, GRMN, LATN, SPAN), History, Philosophy or Theology course3
GRMN 4999HHonors Senior Thesis3
Total Credit Hours12
*

The seminar series prepares students to write a Humanities Disciplinary Honors project and helps to mentor them during the writing of the project. While enrolled in HOPR 3954H Developing a Humanities Honors Project and Writing a Research Proposal students also secure individual faculty mentors for their Humanities Disciplinary Honors project.

**

The instructor is the student’s faculty mentor for their Humanities Disciplinary Honors project.

Notes:

  • Two upper-level departmental Humanities Disciplinary Honors courses, one in student’s major and one that must be in another humanities department are required. Each must be a 3-credit, graded course and designated as a departmental Honors course. These courses are normally taken during student’s junior year. The H courses in the student’s major count toward total major credits and toward other major requirements where applicable. The H course in another humanities department does not count toward major requirements.
  • A Humanities Disciplinary Honors committee made up of representatives from all five humanities departments regularly decides on a broad theme for Humanities Disciplinary Honors program, to last at least two years, and individual faculty and departments submit courses that fit that theme. 
  • The Honors Humanities committee designates an appropriate number of Humanities Disciplinary Honors courses (These courses may also be taken by non-Honors students depending on the number of Humanities Disciplinary Honors students in the program). 
  • Students may take these upper-level departmental Humanities Disciplinary Honors courses concurrently or in different terms; they should have finished at least one before beginning their independent projects.  

Academic Standards

Students must have a 3.200 cumulative overall grade point average for entry into the Humanities Disciplinary Honors Program. Students must achieve a 3.200 cumulative grade point average in the above 12 credit hours required in order to graduate with Humanities Disciplinary Honors. Students who complete both Core Honors and Humanities Disciplinary Honors earn a Comprehensive Honors degree. Students must have a 3.200 cumulative GPA to graduate with this degree. Students admitted to Humanities Disciplinary Honors become part of the University Honors Program and are eligible for Honors research fellowships and Honors study-abroad scholarships. If an Honors student drops below a 3.200 in any given term during the junior year or any subsequent year, the student receives a letter of warning from the director. If a student drops below a 3.200 cumulative GPA, they are placed on University Honors Program academic probation; if they do not achieve a 3.200 cumulative GPA by the end of the following term, they are removed from the program. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for Humanities Disciplinary Honors and the Comprehensive Honors degree.

Eligibility

Humanities Disciplinary Honors is designed to be completed during students’ junior and senior years. Sophomores interested in pursuing Humanities Disciplinary Honors should enroll in HOPR 2954H Introduction to Honors in the Humanities during their sophomore year. Sophomores are eligible to apply to the program near the end of the spring term as long as they meet the 3.200 minimum cumulative GPA requirement.  

Application

Students apply for admission to the Languages, Literatures and Cultures department. Application materials can be obtained in person from the department office.

Courses

GRMN 1001. Elementary German 1. 3 cr. hrs.

Fundamentals of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in German. Cultural awareness is developed through exposure to a wide range of authentic texts and materials. No previous German experience is accepted. Does not count toward language proficiency requirement. Prereq: No previous study of German.

GRMN 1003. Intensive Elementary German. 4 cr. hrs.

First year German course, and the first course in the core language sequence. Development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in German. Cultural awareness is developed through exposure to a wide range of authentic texts and materials. Emphasis on communicative practice and interaction in German. No previous German experience is required. Prereq: No previous German; or by departmental placement.

GRMN 2001. Intermediate German 1. 4 cr. hrs.

Second-year German course. Continuation of GRMN 1003. Fulfills language proficiency requirement. Continued development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in German. Cultural readings from the German-speaking world are discussed. Emphasis on communicative practice and interaction in German, and the development of Intermediate Low language proficiency. Prereq: GRMN 1003; or by departmental placement.

GRMN 2002. Intermediate German 2. 3 cr. hrs.

Second-year German course. Continuation of GRMN 2001. Continued development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in German. Cultural readings from the German-speaking world are discussed. Emphasis on communicative practice and interaction in German, and the development of Intermediate Mid language proficiency required for the German Studies major and minor. Prereq: GRMN 2001.

GRMN 2003. Intensive Intermediate German. 4 cr. hrs.

Second-year intensive German course. Continuation of GRMN 1003. Fulfills language proficiency requirement. A combination of GRMN 2001 and GRMN 2002, this course allows qualified students to complete the language proficiency requirement at a fast and demanding pace. Continued development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in German. Cultural readings from the German-speaking world are discussed. Emphasis on communicative practice and interaction in German, and the development of Intermediate Mid language proficiency required for the German Studies major and minor. Prereq: GRMN 1003 with minimum grade of AB; or by departmental placement.

GRMN 3000. Introduction to German Studies. 3 cr. hrs.

Selected issues in German history, politics, social issues, contemporary society and European context. Knowledge of German not required. Topic varies.

GRMN 3001. German Composition and Conversation. 3 cr. hrs.

Practice in the oral and written use of the German language. Prereq: GRMN 2002, GRMN 2003; or by departmental placement.

GRMN 3100. Advanced German Composition and Conversation. 3 cr. hrs.

Practice and review of advanced grammatical structures of the German language for further development of oral and written communication skills. Prereq: GRMN 3001; or cons. of dept. ch.

GRMN 3120. German Phonetics and Advanced Speaking Practice. 3 cr. hrs.

German sounds and speech patterns. Prereq: GRMN 3001; or cons. of dept. ch.

GRMN 3200. Topics in German Culture. 3 cr. hrs.

Studies in German culture and cultural history. Knowledge of German not required. Topic varies. May be repeated once when topic varies.

GRMN 3210. German Literature in English Translation. 3 cr. hrs.

Readings in English translation of principal authors from the Middle Ages to the present day. Knowledge of German not required. May be counted as part of the Arts and Sciences literature requirement but not as part of the foreign language requirement.

GRMN 3500. The Modern German Short Story. 3 cr. hrs.

An introduction to textual analysis and interpretation concentrating on the German short story in historical and cultural context. Prereq: GRMN 2001; or cons. of dept. ch.

GRMN 3500H. Honors The Modern German Short Story. 3 cr. hrs.

An introduction to textual analysis and interpretation concentrating on the German short story in historical and cultural context. As an Honors Program course, includes a more intensive research or project component. Prereq: GRMN 2001 or cons. of dept. ch.; admission to German Disciplinary Honors Program.

GRMN 3510. Thematic Surveys in German Literature. 3 cr. hrs.

Survey of selected themes or periods in German literature. Topics to be announced. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies. Prereq: GRMN 3500; or cons. of dept. ch.

GRMN 3520. Selected Genres in German Literature. 3 cr. hrs.

Studies in a specific author of German literature. Topic varies. May be repeated once when the topic varies. Prereq: GRMN 3500; or cons. of dept. ch.

GRMN 3530. Individual Authors in German Literature. 3 cr. hrs.

Studies in a specific author of German literature. Topic varies. May be repeated once when the topic varies. Prereq: GRMN 3500; or cons. of dept. ch.

GRMN 4110. Advanced German Grammar. 3 cr. hrs.

Grammatical structure of the German language in context with other linguistic areas. Prereq: GRMN 3001; or cons. of dept. ch.

GRMN 4525. German Literature: Twelfth to the Eighteenth Century. 3 cr. hrs.

Principal works of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods in German literature. Prereq: GRMN 3500; or cons. of dept. ch.

GRMN 4931. Topics in German Language, Culture and Literature. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Topics vary. Subject to be announced. Prereq: Sr. stndg. or cons. of dept. ch.

GRMN 4961. Workshop in German/English Translation. 1-3 cr. hrs.

A Practical workshop to familiarize advanced students with the problems of and processes required in translating from German to English. Different non-literary texts supplied by outside sources will be assigned to each student. Discussions will involve general principles of translating, as well as text-specific problems. Prereq: Cons. of instr.

GRMN 4962. Workshop in German Studies Research. 1-2 cr. hrs.

Research areas, methods and current topics relevant to German Studies, with assistance of university professional library staff. Course culminates in creation of an individual research grant proposal. Prereq: GRMN 3500 or cons. of dept. ch.; Jr. stndg.

GRMN 4963. Workshop in German Studies Writing. 1-2 cr. hrs.

Intensive German language writing experience in text types relevant to German Studies. Prereq: GRMN 3500; or cons. of dept. ch.; Jr. stndg.

GRMN 4995. Independent Study in German. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.

GRMN 4999. Senior Thesis in German. 2 cr. hrs.

Introductory thesis guidance for approved students under the direction of a departmental adviser. Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.

GRMN 4999H. Honors Senior Thesis. 3 cr. hrs.

Introductory thesis guidance for approved students under the direction of a departmental adviser. As an Honors Program course, includes a more intensive research or project component. Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.; admission to German Disciplinary Honors Program.