College Bulletin - Course Catalog 
  
    Nov 15, 2019  
College Bulletin - Course Catalog

Modern Languages and Literatures: German Studies


Courses

Core Faculty

SUNKA SIMON, Professor1
HANSJAKOB WERLEN, Professor and Section Head
MADALINA MEIROSU, Visiting Assistant Professor
CHRISTOPHER SCHNADER, Lecturer


1 Absent on leave, fall 2019.

Affiliated Faculty

Peter Baumann, Professor (Philosophy)
Richard Eldridge, Professor (Philosophy)
Tamsin Lorraine, Professor (Philosophy)
Braulio Muñoz, Professor (Sociology And Anthropology)
Robert Weinberg, Professor (History)
Thomas Whitman, Associate Professor (Music)


The German Studies Program offers students a wide variety of courses in language, literature, film and culture taught in German, as well as classes in anthropology and sociology, art, history, music, philosophy, and political science. Stressing the interrelatedness of linguistic competency and broad cultural literacy, German studies classes cover a wide range of literary periods, intellectual history, and film and visual culture. The diverse approaches to German culture(s) prepare students for graduate work in several academic disciplines, as well as for a variety of international careers. German studies can be pursued as course major or minor or as a major and minor in the Honors Program.

Students are expected to be sufficiently proficient in the German language to use it for written and oral work. To this end, we strongly advise students to spend an academic semester-preferably spring semester-in a German-speaking country before their senior year.

Students wishing to major or minor or do honors in German Studies should plan their program in consultation with the program coordinator.

The Academic Program


Not all advanced courses or seminars are offered every year. Students wishing to major or minor in German studies should plan their program in consultation with the program coordinator. All German courses numbered 50 and above are open to students after GMST 008 or 020. Seminars in German are taught in fall semesters only and are open to students with advanced skills in reading and writing German. For seminar enrollment in our affiliated departments, please consult the guidelines and German studies adviser of those departments (art, history, music, philosophy, political science, religion, sociology and anthropology).

Course Majors Requirements


Majors must complete a minimum of 8 credits in courses numbered 003 and above.

  • Majors in course are required to take Topics I and II in German Studies (GMST 020 , GMST 091 ) in progression and, for Topics III, enroll in a class above 100. Up to 3 credits may be taken in English from among the courses #50s and #60s relevant to German studies listed in the catalog under literature in translation (e.g., LITR 054G  or LITR 066G) or from courses listed as eligible for German studies (see list below).
  • Comprehensive requirement: seniors in course are required to submit a bibliography of 20 works to form the basis of a discussion and an extended, integrative paper (approximately 15 double-spaced pages in length) on a topic agreed to by the program coordinator. This paper, due by May 1, is complemented by a discussion of the paper with members of the program, in German, in mid May.
  • ​Students are strongly encouraged to spend a semester in Germany or at least participate in a summer program in a German-speaking country. Of the classes taken abroad, a maximum of 2 credits will normally count toward the major. In cases of double majors, this number might be increased in consultation with the German studies coordinator. After studying abroad, majors must take at least one additional German studies class.

Typical Course of Study:


*denotes options at either end:

  • GMST 003  (Fall Year 1 or 2)
  • GMST 008  (Spring Year 1 or 2)
  • GMST 020  Topics in German Studies I (Fall Year 2 or 3)
  • GMST cross-listed course #40s-60s (in English) (Fall Year 2 or 3)
  • GMST 091  Topics in German Studies II (Spring Year 3 or 4)
  • GMST cross-listed course #40s-60s (in English) (Spring Year 3 or 4)
  • GMST 108  Topics in German Studies III (Fall Year 4)
  • Independent Study or Thesis (Spring Year 4)*
  • See the annually updated list of eligible cross-listed courses on the GMST website

Course Minors Requirements


  • Students must complete a minimum of 5 credits in courses and seminars, at least 3 of which are taught in German and number GMST 003  or above. Of these courses, Topics in German Studies I GMST 020  and IGMST 091  are required.

  • Up to two credits can come from courses eligible for German studies, usually numbered in the #40s-60s.

  • Students are strongly encouraged to spend a semester in Germany or at least participate in a summer program in a German-speaking country. Of the classes taken abroad, a maximum of 2 credits will normally count toward the minor. In case of double majors, this number can be increased in consultation with the German Studies coordinator.

Typical Course of Study:


*denotes options at either end

 

  • FYS First Year Seminar*
  • GMST 003  (Fall Year 1 or 2)
  • GMST 008  (Spring Year 1 or 2)
  • GMST 020  Topics in German Studies I (Fall Year 1 or 2)
  • GMST cross-listed course #50-60 (in English) (Year 1 o 2)
  • GMST 091  Topics in German Studies II (Spring Year 2 or 3)
  • GMST cross-listed course #50-60 (in English)* (Year 2 or 3)
  • GMST 108  Topics in German Studies III* (Fall Year 4)

Honors Major and Minor in German Studies


Majors and minors in the Honors Program are expected to fulfill the minimum requirements for course majors above and be sufficiently proficient in spoken and written German to complete all their work in the language. All majors and minors in honors are strongly advised to spend at least one semester of study in a German-speaking country. Candidates are expected to have a B average in coursework both in the department and at the College.

Preparations


Honors Major Preparations
While requirements for Honors Majors are generally identical to the course major requirements (minimum of 8 credits above GMST 003 ), a set of special requirements applies to Honors:

  • All honors majors must include GMST 020 , GMST 091 : Topics in German Studies II and III in their course of study.
  • In coordination with the German Studies coordinator, Honors majors in German studies need to combine three upper level GMST courses (e.g. Special Topics in German Studies I, II and III) and three taught in English from affiliated programs numbered in the #40s-60s (e.g. FMST 51 or 54). Alternatively, eligible independent studies or thesis courses can be combined with regular upper level GMST courses for honors preparations. Honors majors can further petition GMST faculty members for an honors attachment to any upper level GMST course.
  • Honors students participate in the external examination process required of all Swarthmore honors students and the Senior Honors Study (SHS) process explained below.

Honors Minor Preparations

Honors Minors prepare for their examination in German studies by following the course minor requirements (minimum of 5 credits above GMST 003 ). A set of special requirements applies to Honors Minors:

  • All honors majors must include GMST 020 , GMST 091 : Topics in German Studies II and III in their course of study.
  • All honors minors must complete Senior Honors Study (described below)

Senior Honors Study (SHS) and Mode of Examination


For SHS, students are required to present an annotated bibliography of criticism - articles or books - concerning at least five of the texts in each advanced course or seminar used as honors preparations for external examination. Students are required to meet with the respective instructor(s) of the advanced courses or seminars being examined by Feb. 15 to discuss their planned bibliography and to meet with the instructors for a second time when the approved bibliography is handed in by May 1. The annotated bibliography, which carries no credit, will be added to course syllabi in the honors portfolio. The honors examination will take the form of a 3-hour written examination based on each seminar and its SHS preparation as well as a 1-hour oral panel examination based on the three written examinations for majors or a 30- to 45-minute oral examination for minors.

Special Major in Linguistics and Languages


1. Complete three credits numbered 008 or above

2. Complete GMST 008, 020, 091

3. In place of GMST 091, a seminar may be taken

Off-Campus Study


Students of German are strongly encouraged to spend at least a semester in a German-speaking country. There are several excellent opportunities to participate in an approved program, such as the Columbia Consortium Program in Berlin, Duke University in Berlin, the Macalester College German Study Program in Berlin/Vienna, or the Dickinson College Program in Bremen. Students should consider going abroad in the spring semester. This will enable them to participate fully in the semester schedule of German and Austrian Universities.

Seminars


Five German seminars are normally scheduled on a rotating basis. Preparation of topics for honors may be done by particular courses plus attachments only when seminars are not available.

Note. Students enrolling in a seminar are expected to have done the equivalent of at least one course beyond the GMST 020 level.