Undergraduate Courses

All current offerings are below. This listing provides a snapshot of immediately available courses within this department and may not be complete. Course registration information can be found on the SIS website. To see a complete list of courses offered and their descriptions, visit the online course catalog.

Column one has the course number and section. Other columns show the course title, days offered, instructor's name, room number, if the course is cross-referenced with another program, and a option to view additional course information in a pop-up window.

German Elements II
AS.210.162 (01)

Continuation to the introduction to the German language and a development of reading, speaking, writing & listening through the use of basic texts and communicative activities. The culture of the German-language countries is also incorporated into the curriculum. May not be taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Choose your section based on MWF schedule. Tuesday hour is mandatory but flexible and conflicts with Tuesday hour can be resolved after the start of the semester.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 9:00AM - 9:50AM, T 9:00AM - 9:50AM
  • Instructor: Mifflin, Deborah McGee
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

German Elements II
AS.210.162 (02)

Continuation to the introduction to the German language and a development of reading, speaking, writing & listening through the use of basic texts and communicative activities. The culture of the German-language countries is also incorporated into the curriculum. May not be taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Choose your section based on MWF schedule. Tuesday hour is mandatory but flexible and conflicts with Tuesday hour can be resolved after the start of the semester.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM, T 10:30AM - 11:20AM
  • Instructor: Mifflin, Deborah McGee, Staff
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Intermediate German II
AS.210.262 (01)

Taught in German. This course is designed to continue the four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) approach to learning German. Readings and discussions are topically based and include fairy tales, poems, art and film, as well as readings on contemporary themes such as Germany’s green movement. Students will also review and deepen their understanding of the grammatical concepts of German.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 9:00AM - 9:50AM
  • Instructor: Wheeler, Heidi L
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Intermediate German II
AS.210.262 (02)

Taught in German. This course is designed to continue the four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) approach to learning German. Readings and discussions are topically based and include fairy tales, poems, art and film, as well as readings on contemporary themes such as Germany’s green movement. Students will also review and deepen their understanding of the grammatical concepts of German.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 12:00PM - 12:50PM
  • Instructor: Wheeler, Heidi L
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Advanced German I: Cultural Topics of the Modern German-speaking World
AS.210.361 (01)

Taught in German. Required for Major & Minor. Topically, this course focuses on defining moments in cultural history in German speaking countries in the 2nd half of the 20th century. Films, texts and other media provide a basis for discussing events in post-war Germany from 1945 to 1989. A review and expansion of advanced grammatical concepts and vocabulary underlie the course. Focus on improving expression in writing and speaking. Language Program Director: Deborah Mifflin

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: Mifflin, Deborah McGee, Staff
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Advanced German II: Contemporary Issues in the German Speaking World
AS.210.362 (01)

Taught in German. Topically, this course focuses on contemporary issues such as national identity, multiculturalism and the lingering social consequences of major 20th century historical events. Readings include literary and journalistic texts, as well as radio broadcasts, internet sites, music and film. Students read a full-length novel. Emphasis is placed on improving mastery of German grammar, development of self-editing skills and practice in spoken German for academic use. Introduction/Review of advanced grammar.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: Mifflin, Deborah McGee
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Advanced German II: Contemporary Issues in the German Speaking World
AS.210.362 (02)

Taught in German. Topically, this course focuses on contemporary issues such as national identity, multiculturalism and the lingering social consequences of major 20th century historical events. Readings include literary and journalistic texts, as well as radio broadcasts, internet sites, music and film. Students read a full-length novel. Emphasis is placed on improving mastery of German grammar, development of self-editing skills and practice in spoken German for academic use. Introduction/Review of advanced grammar.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Mifflin, Deborah McGee
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

German for Science and Engineering
AS.210.365 (01)

Taught in German. This course is designed to provide language training in German tailored to students of science & engineering. Germany has long been a world leader in engineering, most notably in chemical and mechanical engineering. Over the past decades, Germany also has taken a lead in environmental sciences and information technology. In addition, Germany is now becoming an increasingly attractive place to pursue degrees in the technical fields. This course will provide practice and expansion in all language skill areas: analysis of texts, hands-on-activities, preparation of presentations, and discussion of topics. Specific areas of interest to the course members will be taken into consideration for the selection of materials. [Does not replace 210.362 as prerequisite for upper level courses or as major requirement.]

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
  • Instructor: Wheeler, Heidi L
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Advanced Yiddish II
AS.210.368 (01)

Continuation of Advanced Yiddish I (AS.210.367). Students will continue to hone their skills in all four language areas: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. In addition to advanced grammar study and readings in Yiddish literature, the course will take into account the interests of each individual student, allowing time for students to read Yiddish texts pertinent to their own research and writing.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Lang, Beatrice
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Uncanny Valleys in Literature & Film
AS.211.335 (01)

When artificial humans too closely resemble actual human beings, feelings of eeriness or revulsion can be elicited in human observers - the ‘uncanny valley’ effect. Something to be avoided in robotics, in fiction this effect has been a source of endless fascination. Tales of the supernatural, science fiction and horror often use doubt about the human or non-human status of fictional characters to structure imaginary worlds. What can our engagement with artificial humans in fiction tell us about our own humanity? How can emotional entanglement with not-quite-human characters help us critically reflect on aspects of reality? Class will be discussion-based with accompanying readings from literary theory, philosophy, sociology and other fields addressing relevant themes. Authors may include ETA Hoffmann, Nietzsche, Freud, Wittgenstein, Kafka and Philip K. Dick. Films may include Blade Runner and Get Out.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Grousdanidou, Antonia
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL

Knowledge in Literary and Theoretical Perspectives
AS.211.362 (01)

How does what we learn and what we call knowledge matter? Is it clear what “knowledge” means? Does it have the same meaning historically, across different academic disciplines and in daily life? Never have such questions been more relevant than in these volatile times. This course offers a literary and theoretical inquiry into the matter of knowledge/s. Through works by authors from diverse, interdisciplinary traditions including German and American thought and literature, as well as critical, Black, feminist, and queer theory, we will address alternative epistemologies that operate with “partial” or “unfinished” models of knowledge. Thus, students will become familiar with difficult, influential material from various disciplines, while focusing less on judgment and more on dialogical aspects of knowing.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 4:30PM - 5:45PM
  • Instructor: Nitis, Maya
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/15
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-GERM, GRLL-ENGL

Utopia: Idyllic Pasts, New Frontiers
AS.213.313 (01)

Taught in German. This course will explore the vision in German romantic and modern literature of ideal communities. We will examine the relation of past and to future in these works as well as the way they conceive humans and nature, earth and heavens, bodies and machines. To what extent is a utopia something crafted? To what degree is it presented as a fashioned setting like a work of art? What does the image of utopia tell us about the act of imagining at the heart of literature? To what extent does envisioning a utopia amount to inhabiting one? Why is a utopia at once every place and no place (u-topos)? Reading to include works by Klopstock, Novalis, Hoffmann, Kleist, Nietzsche, Scheerbart, Walser and Jünger.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: WF 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Tobias, Rochelle
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/15
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-GERM

Animals and Animality in Literature
AS.213.360 (01)

Animals and Animality in Literature critically engages the presentation and imagination of animals and other non-human life in modern German literature and thought. We will examine the figure of the animal and the means of conceptual differentiation between the animal and the human, in light of animals' relation to or perceived exclusion from language, pain, embodiment, sexuality, and the visual gaze. Readings may include works by Marx, Nietzsche, Kleist, Hofmannsthal, Hoffmann, Freud, Rilke, Kafka, Thomas Mann, and Sebald.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Gosetti, Jennifer Anna
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/10
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL

Animals and Animality in Literature
AS.213.360 (02)

Animals and Animality in Literature critically engages the presentation and imagination of animals and other non-human life in modern German literature and thought. We will examine the figure of the animal and the means of conceptual differentiation between the animal and the human, in light of animals' relation to or perceived exclusion from language, pain, embodiment, sexuality, and the visual gaze. Readings may include works by Marx, Nietzsche, Kleist, Hofmannsthal, Hoffmann, Freud, Rilke, Kafka, Thomas Mann, and Sebald.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Gosetti, Jennifer Anna
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/5
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL

Phenomenology and Literature
AS.213.437 (01)

Phenomenology and Literature engages the most fertile interchanges between literature and philosophy in the 20th century, focusing on the roots of phenomenology in German philosophy and its connections with and expansion to literary writing. Themes include: the nature of literary experience, including the experience of reading and writing, literary and phenomenological descriptions of reality, the literary construction of the self, and the understanding of literary imagination from a phenomenological perspective. We will read philosophers and literary theorists such as Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Camus, Merleau-Ponty, Blanchot, Beauvoir, Hamburger, Ingarden and Iser in connection with the works of many modernist writers, including Rainer Maria Rilke, Franz Kafka, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Thomas Mann, Thomas Bernhard, Virginia Woolf, Marcel Proust, and Wallace Stevens.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Gosetti, Jennifer Anna
  • Room:  
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.210.162 (01)German Elements IIMWF 9:00AM - 9:50AM, T 9:00AM - 9:50AMMifflin, Deborah McGee 
AS.210.162 (02)German Elements IIMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM, T 10:30AM - 11:20AMMifflin, Deborah McGee, Staff 
AS.210.262 (01)Intermediate German IIMWF 9:00AM - 9:50AMWheeler, Heidi L 
AS.210.262 (02)Intermediate German IIMWF 12:00PM - 12:50PMWheeler, Heidi L 
AS.210.361 (01)Advanced German I: Cultural Topics of the Modern German-speaking WorldMWF 10:00AM - 10:50AMMifflin, Deborah McGee, Staff 
AS.210.362 (01)Advanced German II: Contemporary Issues in the German Speaking WorldMWF 10:00AM - 10:50AMMifflin, Deborah McGee 
AS.210.362 (02)Advanced German II: Contemporary Issues in the German Speaking WorldMW 1:30PM - 2:45PMMifflin, Deborah McGee 
AS.210.365 (01)German for Science and EngineeringTTh 9:00AM - 10:15AMWheeler, Heidi L 
AS.210.368 (01)Advanced Yiddish IITTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMLang, Beatrice 
AS.211.335 (01)Uncanny Valleys in Literature & FilmMW 1:30PM - 2:45PMGrousdanidou, Antonia GRLL-ENGL
AS.211.362 (01)Knowledge in Literary and Theoretical PerspectivesTTh 4:30PM - 5:45PMNitis, Maya GRLL-GERM, GRLL-ENGL
AS.213.313 (01)Utopia: Idyllic Pasts, New FrontiersWF 12:00PM - 1:15PMTobias, Rochelle GRLL-GERM
AS.213.360 (01)Animals and Animality in LiteratureM 1:30PM - 4:00PMGosetti, Jennifer Anna GRLL-ENGL
AS.213.360 (02)Animals and Animality in LiteratureM 1:30PM - 4:00PMGosetti, Jennifer Anna GRLL-ENGL
AS.213.437 (01)Phenomenology and LiteratureT 1:30PM - 4:00PMGosetti, Jennifer Anna