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.
language assistant participates in the academic and extracurricular activities.
The assistant as well as German students at Muskingum live in the German
Program House which offers an immersion experience and also facilitates
contact with native speakers from our exchange partners in Germany.
The German program
is committed to the effective use of technology in the teaching of German.
A new language laboratory allows for computer-assisted instruction, the
use of audio-tapes, videotapes and materials on DVD and CD-ROM.
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.
information please consult the web site of the German program at www.muskingum.edu
(33 hours if started at 112 or 211; 36 hours if started at 111)
Study Abroad, 123, 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.
minor (17 hours)
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.
Beginning German (3, 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
Deutsch, 5th edition
Masterpieces of German Literature in Translation (3) taught entirely in
English introduces authors of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth
century. Movements and periods examined include: the Enlightenment,
Storm and Stress, Classicism, Realism, Naturalism, Impressionism, Expressionism,
Surrealism and post –war literature. Prerequisite: English 121.
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
Deutsch, 5th edition
zur deutschen Grammatik.
Business German (3) concentrates on the vocabulary of business in German-speaking
settings, with emphasis on reading, writing, translating and fundamental
oral communication skills. The course examines import/export; finance;
marketing and intercultural awareness. Prerequisite: 212, its equivalent,
or permission of instructor. Required in International Business major
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
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
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.
Treffende Ausdruck. 2nd. Edition
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.
den Germanen bis zum Rationalismus. Eine interaktive Tour durch die Jahrhunderte.
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.
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.
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. (Taught in English.)
Modern German Cinema (3) taught entirely in English, the course introduces
the development of contemporary German cinema, its history and its forms
of representation. It focuses on the works of major German film directors,
treating themes that include the Third
Reich, Germany after WWII and gender roles. Prerequisite: English 121
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
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