[Muskingum University] [World Languages] [German Program] [Study Abroad] [German Club]


Professor Franz-Joseph Wehage
Language Assistant: Svenja

The German Program at Muskingum University offers a major and a minor, a teacher licensure, and also an association with interdisciplinary programs on campus, the majors in International Business and International Affairs. Teacher candidates must meet the requirements of Muskingum University and the Ohio Department of Education for teacher licensure.

A major in German can open doors to careers in business, education, government, communications, translating, and interpreting and government.

Majors are required to study abroad during their undergraduate program. Students can take advantage of two programs in Germany: Passau University and Deggendorf University in southeast Germany. They can go for a summer, semester or a full year.

A native-speaker language assistant participates in the academic and extracurricular activities. Students studying German may reside in the German Program House which offers an immersion experience and also facilitates contact with native speakers from our exchange partners in Germany (Deggendorf University and Passau University).

The German program is committed to the effective use of technology in the teaching of German. A new language lab allows for computer-assisted instruction, the use of audio-tapes, videotapes and materials on DVD and CD-ROM.

Native speakers of German who wish to enroll in a course in their native language are encouraged to enroll in an upper-level content (not a skills) course, such as literature and culture. Such students should seek the advice of the instructor or the department chair if they have questions about which course to take. All courses in the German program are taught primarily in the target language unless otherwise indicated in the course description.

For additional information please consult the web site of the German program at www.muskingum.edu



German major (33 hours if started at 112 or 211; 37 hours if started at 111)
Requirements: Study Abroad, 123, 310, 431, one course in another foreign language at the appropriate level. Attendance at Mensa (251) expected every semester, required when not enrolled in a German course; 2 hours applied to major or minor. No more than one upper level course taught in English is allowed to count toward major requirements. Teacher ed. candidates must study abroad for a semester. Many German majors also study at Passau University in their summer language immersion program.

German minor (17 hours)
Requirement: 123

Placement: Students with fours years of study in German are not permitted to take the beginning–level (111) class in the same language for graduation credit. Placement and optional placement testing are available upon request. The modern language department aids students in determining the level at which they should begin their university language study. Students interested in a language major should contact the department chair at the earliest opportunity to ensure fulfillment of all university requirements for the major.
111, 112.  Beginning German (4, 4) presents a basic knowledge of the German language concentrating on the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Selected aspects of German culture are treated.  See placement above.

Treffpunkt Deutsch, 5th edition

123. Masterpieces of German Literature in Translation (3) taught entirely in English introduces authors of the nineteenth and twentieth century.  German authors of world renown will be read and discussed in English and compared and examined to their movie adaptations. Prerequisite English 121.
211, 212. Intermediate German I, II (4, 4) review basic structures and explore more complex aspects of the German language. Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are stressed and short literary works and aspects of contemporary German life are introduced


251/291. German Table (1) offers the opportunity to practice conversational German in an informal setting. Activities are designed to help students use the language creatively. The course may be taken three times for credit but applied to the major or minor only twice. Prerequisite: 111 or its equivalent
301. Advanced German: Conversation and Pronunciation (3) emphasizes listening and speaking skills. Students improve their comprehension and speech through laboratory exercises, class discussions and other activities. Prerequisite: 212 or equivalent
302. Advanced German: Grammar and Composition (3) emphasizes refinement of student writing skills and good usage in German. Given different contracts, the course may be taken twice for credit. Prerequisite: 212, its equivalent, or permission of instructor.

Der Treffende Ausdruck. 2nd. Edition
303. From the Middle Ages through the 19th century (3) is designed to introduce the student to the major authors of German literature from the Middle Ages through the 19th century. Representative works are read in chronological order to foster a sense of literary history.

Von den Germanen bis zum Rationalismus. Eine interaktive Tour durch die Jahrhunderte.

304. From Expressionism to Post War Literature (3) examines representative authors of the early 20th century, the literary resistance in the Third Reich, exile literature, and the emergence of a new German literature after 1945. Prerequisite: 302 or permission of instructor. 

310. In order to satifsfy the study abroad requirement for the major, students must attend preparatory meetings and participate in assignments designed to maximize the value of the required study abroad experience. Before departure, students engage in readings and discussions. After the study abroad period, students submit a reflection paper and/or assigned written work related to their formal and informal learning gained during the stay. Must meet eligibility requirements for study abroad.

325. Topics in Contemporary German Society (3) is a study of Modern German culture and civilization examining some or all of the following: history, arts, literature, politics, press, cinema, advertising and changing gender roles and social structures. The course may be repeated for credit as the subject matter changes. 
340. Business German (3) concentrates on the vocabulary of business in German-speaking settings, with emphasis on reading, writing, translating and fundamental oral ommunication skills. The course examines import/export; finance; marketing and intercultural awareness.  Prerequisite: 212, its equivalent, or permission of instructor. Required in International Business major

350. Modern German Cinema (3) is taught entirely in English.    The courses introduces students to the theory of film in a hands-on approach with film clips, snapshots and movie trailors.  Themes vary as to course offering fall and spring. Prerequisite: English 121
360. Topics in German Language and Culture(1-3) provides an opportunity to study a linguistic, literary, or cultural topic related to the German-speaking world. Courses in topical areas not offered in the regular curriculum may be offered on a rotating basis. The course may be repeated for credit as the subject matter changes. Prerequisites sophomore standing and permission of instructor. 
431. German Culture Seminar (3) provides the advanced student an opportunity to study in depth an aspect of Germanic culture, which may include: literature, art, cinema, business culture, or another approved topic. The course serves as a capstone for the German major.  Prerequisite: two German courses numbered above 302, at least one of which is taught in German or permission of instructor.