The sections for GERM 101, 102, and 103 are flexible for you to enroll in. If you have a conflict between your MWF / TTH classes and a 5-day language class schedule, you can talk with Juliane Schicker (jschicker@carleton) to cross-enroll in 2 sections at the same time. Eventually, you will have to fill out an add/drop card to enroll in both courses. After you speak with both instructors, you can fill out the add/drop card online here. The form will require the approval your German professor, the professor of the course with which your German course conflicts, and your advisor.

For Minors and Majors: can’t fit a certain course into your schedule? Is a certain course not offered in the term you need it? Chat with us to find a substitute.

  • GERM 101: Elementary German

    This course introduces the basic structures of the German language and everyday vocabulary in the context of common cultural situations and authentic and fictional media. Students are exposed to all four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking).

    6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2023 · Kiley Kost, Juliane Schicker
  • GERM 102: Elementary German

    Building on the material covered in German 101, this course introduces more complex structures and exposes students to short literary and cultural texts as well as other media. The focus of the course is on all four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking).

    Prerequisites: German 101 or equivalent 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2024 · Kiley Kost
  • GERM 103: Intermediate German

    Continuation of the study of complex structural patterns of the German language, and the reading and discussion of longer texts, films, and other media from German-speaking cultures.

    Prerequisites: German 102 or equivalent 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2024 · Seth Peabody, Chloe Vaughn
  • GERM 150: German Music and Culture from Mozart to Rammstein

    What is “German”? Why are certain figures considered German and other identities are excluded–and how might we critically reconsider these categories through a study of “German” music? In this course, we survey significant developments in German-language culture, broadly defined, from the 1600s to the twenty-first century. Taught in English.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies, Writing Requirement; offered Spring 2024 · Juliane Schicker
  • GERM 156: Introduction to German Cinema: Film, Nature, and Nation

    How do films reflect and impact the cultures, societies, and physical environments within which they circulate? How do the complexities of German history offer a special case within film history? In this course, we examine German film history through the lens of environmental critique, from the stylized landscapes of 1920s expressionism to the filmic environments of multicultural contemporary Germany. Topics include propaganda, postwar rubble, and antifascist student-inspired rebel cinema. Alongside each film, we will discuss texts and theories that offer frameworks for understanding the complex interplay of ideas about film art, environmental understanding, and national identity. Taught in English.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Winter 2024 · Seth Peabody
  • GERM 204: Intermediate German

    In this course, students build on their communication skills to engage in more in-depth spoken and written discussions of German-speaking literature, art, and culture. By analyzing longer and more challenging texts, films and other cultural media, continuing grammar review, and writing compositions, students acquire greater facility and confidence in all four language skills (writing, speaking, listening, and reading).

    Prerequisites: German 103 or equivalent 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2023 · Seth Peabody
  • GERM 208: Coffee and News

    An excellent opportunity to brush up your German while learning about current issues in German-speaking countries. Relying on magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and streamings, students will discuss common topics and themes once a week to exchange their ideas over snacks with a small group of students.

    Prerequisites: German 204 or equivalent 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2023 · Juliane Schicker
  • GERM 212: Contemporary Germany in Global Context

    Over the past few years, Germany has been touted as the new leader of Europe, or even of the “free world,” and at the same time has seen a surge of bitter political division within its borders. The Berlin Wall fell thirty years ago, yet tensions between East and West remain stark. Chancellor Angela Merkel implemented an open-arms policy toward refugees, yet the extremist AfD party has orchestrated a troubling rise to power based on xenophobic sentiments. And while Germany has emerged as a global environmental leader, it has simultaneously faced passionate protest from its own youth regarding failure to meet the challenges of climate change. In this class, we examine the complexities behind these seeming contradictions in contemporary Germany by analyzing diverse texts ranging from political speeches to poetry slams. Taught in German; advanced grammar review supports analytical tasks.

    Prerequisites: German 204 or equivalent 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2024 · Chloe Vaughn
  • GERM 214: What’s New: The Latest Works in German-Speaking Media

    What products in literature, film, and other media did German-speaking audiences consume in the recent past? What topics do artists address and media outlets discuss? In this course, we will read, watch, and examine various texts and films that were published or premiered in the last ten years or so in the German language. These works, written by a diverse range of artists, reflect on and respond to the turbulent recent history not only in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, but also more globally. They will help us determine how people express their most urgent challenges and how these texts participate in public debates.

    Prerequisites: German 204 or the equivalent. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2023–2024
  • GERM 216: German Short Prose

    The course introduces students to the joys and challenges of reading short German fictional and non-fictional texts of various genres from three centuries, including fairy tales, aphorisms, short stories, novellas, tweets, essays, and newspaper articles. We will read slowly and with an eye to grammar and vocabulary building, while also concentrating on developing an understanding of German cultural history. Texts and class discussions will be in German.

    Prerequisites: German 204 or equivalent 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2023–2024
  • GERM 221: (re/ex)press yourself: Sexuality and Gender in Fin-de-Siècle Literature and Art

    In this course, we will explore literature and art of German-speaking countries around the topics of gender and sex(uality). We will focus on the years between 1880 and 1920, but also venture into more recent times. What was the image of men and women at the time and how did these images change or remain the same? How did science factor into these images? What was/is considered “normal” when it comes to sex(uality) and gender, and what German-speaking voices have been pushing against those norms? How did these voices use literature and art to reflect or criticize such norms? Texts and class discussions will be in English.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement, International Studies; not offered 2023–2024
  • GERM 223: Thinking Green in German

    Prerequisites: German 204 or equivalent and concurrent registration in German 223 2 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2023–2024
  • GERM 223: Thinking Green: Sustainability, Literature, and Culture in Germany

    Germany is a recognized worldwide leader in environmental movements thanks to the nuclear power phase-out, the renewable energy transition, and the rise of the Green Party. Similarly, there is a long aesthetic tradition depicting nature and the nonhuman world in German-language literature and poetry. In this course, conducted in English, we will trace the development of contemporary Germany’s environmental practices through its literary and cultural legacy by reading and analyzing texts from established writers and thinkers. We will connect these literary and historic roots to contemporary environmental issues, look at successful protest movements, and explore Germany as a model for environmental initiatives and engaged citizenship around the globe.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2023–2024
  • GERM 247: Mirror, Mirror: Reflecting on Fairy Tales and Folklore

    Many people are familiar with the fairy tales collected and published by the Brothers Grimm and have seen iterations of such stories in animated Disney films and live-action reboots. In this class, taught in English, we will critically examine folktales, consider their role in shaping societal standards and how they spread specific values across cultures. We will study the origins of Grimms’ fairy tales before discussing their larger role across media and cultures. Our study of traditional German fairy tales will be informed by contemporary theoretical approaches including feminist theory, ecocriticism, psychology, and animal studies.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2024 · Chloe Vaughn
  • GERM 260: Love in the Time of Socialism

    What was life like for parents and children under socialism in East Germany? In this course, we explore the intersections of childhood, family, politics, and society, and discuss socialist caregiving, gender roles, race, and social justice issues. Through film, text, music, and other media, students develop a deeper understanding of the historical and cultural contexts that shaped family dynamics in the German Democratic Republic.

    Prerequisites: German 204 or equivalent 6 credits; not offered 2023–2024
  • GERM 261: German Studies in Austria Program: Vienna Past and Present: The City as Text

    This class examines the history of Vienna and Austria (including the Austro-Hungarian Empire) through excursions to museums and memorials in the city. How are these histories memorialized in the structure of the city? What institutions make these histories visible? How do museums and memorials in Vienna construct historical narratives and who is left out from these narratives? Site visits and excursions in Vienna and beyond present opportunities for comparative analysis.

    Prerequisites: Participation in German Studies in Austria Program 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Spring 2024 · Kiley Kost
  • GERM 262: German Studies in Austria Program: Cultural History of Food and Drink in Vienna

    What are the cultural, historical, environmental, social, and political forces that shape our experience with food and drink? This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to learning about the important food and drink culture in Vienna and Austria. Site visits to the city’s iconic markets, taverns, producers, breweries and cafés deepen understanding and language skills.

    Prerequisites: Participation in German Studies in Austria program 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Spring 2024 · Kiley Kost
  • GERM 263: German Studies in Austria Program: Austrian Art and Architecture

    In this course, students explore the evolution of art and architecture in Austria, learning about specific artists, eras, and movements. Students learn to critically analyze art and architecture, connecting work to Austrian, European, and global contexts. The class includes field trips to various museums and sites in Vienna.

    Prerequisites: Participation in German Studies in Austria Program 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2024 · Kiley Kost
  • GERM 267: Catastrophe! Natural Disaster in German Literature

    Are natural disasters ever really natural? In this course, taught in German, we will read works of literature and poetry that portray disaster. Focusing on disaster as the site of interaction between humans and the environment, we will explore and discuss the impact of modern technology, contemporary environmental issues, and the concept of disaster in the shadow of war. Thinking in terms of environmental justice, we will also consider who is impacted by such disasters and in what ways.

    Prerequisites: German 204 or equivalent 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2023 · Kiley Kost
  • GERM 274: Weimar Germany: Art, Culture, and the Failure of Democracy

    “…many will say: even 1920 is not so horrible. This is how it is: the human being is a machine, culture is in shreds, education is arrogance, spirit is brutality, stupidity is the norm, and the military is sovereign” (Adolf Behne, reporting on a Dada art exhibit). In this class, taught in German, students examine cultural products and visual media of and about the Weimar Republic to understand a critical time in German history and explore how art has been used to cope with societal turbulence. Offered at both the 200 and 300 levels; coursework will be adjusted accordingly.

    Prerequisites: German 204 or equivalent 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2023–2024
  • GERM 321: On the Edge: Monsters, Robots, and Cyborgs

    In this course, taught in German, students explore nonhuman figures in literature and film. How do authors and filmmakers depict monsters, robots, cyborgs, and other nonhumans? And what do these figures reveal about what makes us human? By tracing the boundaries of the human through notable texts, we consider the cultural, psychological, and technological implications of these almost-human figures. Selected works include texts by E. T. A. Hoffmann, Franz Kafka, Sharon Dodua Otoo and films by Fritz Lang and F. W. Murnau.

    Prerequisites: German 204 or equivalent or instructor consent 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2023–2024
  • GERM 322: German Studies in Austria Program: Contemporary Austrian Literature and Cultural Production

    This course focuses on contemporary Austrian literature, theater, film, and the institutions that support authors and artists. Through multimedia texts (novels, film, theater, newspapers), students encounter the cultural production and criticism of the moment while also strengthening German language skills. Events at cultural institutions and theaters in Vienna enhance understanding of Vienna’s diverse cultural landscape today.

    Prerequisites: Participation in OCS Austria Program 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2024 · Kiley Kost
  • GERM 360: Love in the Time of Socialism

    What was life like for parents and children under socialism in East Germany? In this course, we explore the intersections of childhood, family, politics, and society, and discuss socialist caregiving, gender roles, race, and social justice issues. Through film, text, music, and other media, students develop a deeper understanding of the historical and cultural contexts that shaped family dynamics in the German Democratic Republic.

    Prerequisites: German 204 or equivalent 6 credits; not offered 2023–2024
  • GERM 374: Weimar Germany: Art, Culture, and the Failure of Democracy

    “…many will say: even 1920 is not so horrible. This is how it is: the human being is a machine, culture is in shreds, education is arrogance, spirit is brutality, stupidity is the norm, and the military is sovereign” (Adolf Behne, reporting on a Dada art exhibit). In this class, taught in German, students examine cultural products and visual media of and about the Weimar Republic to understand a critical time in German history and explore how art has been used to cope with societal turbulence. Offered at both the 200 and 300 levels; coursework will be adjusted accordingly.

    Prerequisites: German 204 or equivalent 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2023–2024
  • GERM 400: Integrative Exercise

    Examining an aspect of German literature across eras or genres. 1 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024