Undergraduate Courses

All current offerings are below. This listing provides a snapshot of immediately available courses within this department and may not be complete. All course registration information can be found on the SIS website.

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 I
AS.210.161 (01)

Four-skills introduction to the German language and culture. Develops proficiency in speaking, writing, reading and listening skills through the use of basic texts, multi-media and communicative language activities. Online tools required. Both semesters must be completed with passing grades to receive credit. May not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Tuesday section is a mandatory hour.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 9:00AM - 9:50AM, T 9:00AM - 9:50AM
  • Instructor: Mifflin, Deborah McGee
  • Room: Maryland 309
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

German Elements I
AS.210.161 (02)

Four-skills introduction to the German language and culture. Develops proficiency in speaking, writing, reading and listening skills through the use of basic texts, multi-media and communicative language activities. Online tools required. Both semesters must be completed with passing grades to receive credit. May not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Tuesday section is a mandatory hour.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 10:00AM - 10:50AM, T 10:30AM - 11:20AM
  • Instructor: Mifflin, Deborah McGee
  • Room: Bloomberg 176
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

German Elements I
AS.210.161 (03)

Four-skills introduction to the German language and culture. Develops proficiency in speaking, writing, reading and listening skills through the use of basic texts, multi-media and communicative language activities. Online tools required. Both semesters must be completed with passing grades to receive credit. May not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Tuesday section is a mandatory hour.

  • Credits: 4.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM, T 10:30AM - 11:20AM
  • Instructor: Mifflin, Deborah McGee
  • Room: Maryland 309
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Intermediate German I
AS.210.261 (01)

Taught in German. This course continues the same four-skills approach (speaking, writing, reading and listening) from the first-year sequence, introducing and practicing more advanced topics and structures. Expansion and extension through topical readings and discussion and multi-media materials. Online tools required. Prereq: 210.162 or placement exam. May not be taken on an S/U basis.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: Wheeler, Heidi L
  • Room: Hodson 316
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Intermediate German I
AS.210.261 (02)

Taught in German. This course continues the same four-skills approach (speaking, writing, reading and listening) from the first-year sequence, introducing and practicing more advanced topics and structures. Expansion and extension through topical readings and discussion and multi-media materials. Online tools required. Prereq: 210.162 or placement exam. May not be taken on an S/U basis.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Wheeler, Heidi L
  • Room: Hodson 303
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 16/17
  • 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. Prereq: 210.261 or placement exam May not be taken on an S/U basis.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
  • Instructor: Wheeler, Heidi L
  • Room: Krieger 306
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 16/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

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

Taught in German. 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 2000. A review and expansion of advanced grammatical concepts and vocabulary underlies the course. Focus on improving expression in writing and speaking. May not be taken on an S/U basis.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 10:00AM - 10:50AM
  • Instructor: Mifflin, Deborah McGee
  • Room: Ames 218
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Advanced German I: Cultural Topics of the Modern German-speaking World
AS.210.361 (02)

Taught in German. 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 2000. A review and expansion of advanced grammatical concepts and vocabulary underlies the course. Focus on improving expression in writing and speaking. May not be taken on an S/U basis.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 3:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Instructor: Mifflin, Deborah McGee
  • Room: Hackerman B 17
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Advanced Yiddish I
AS.210.367 (01)

This course will provide students who have completed at least two years of Yiddish with the opportunity 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: 15/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Critical Knowledges: Black, Feminist, Queer
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: Bloomberg 178
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 6/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Trust: Literature and Philosophy
AS.213.271 (01)

Fake news, policing crises, political polarization, and the like challenge us to reevaluate the notion of trust. The course takes up this challenge with the help of both literary and philosophical texts that shall assist us in posing, and trying to answer, questions such as the following: What or whom should we trust (ourselves, others, neither)? Is it possible and sometimes even preferable not to trust? Or should we cultivate trust in society? If so, how? Authors may include ETA Hoffmann, Hegel, Nietzsche, and others.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Yonover, Jason Maurice
  • Room: Ames 320
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

German Media Theory
AS.213.407 (01)

German Media Theory is an advanced course for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, giving an introduction and overview of the specifically German version of Media Studies that first gained traction in the 1980s. The term media refers not just to mass media but more broadly to devices that process, transfer and store information, reaching from the alphabet that changed the culture of writing, or the printing press made famous as the foundation of the ‘Gutenberg galaxy’ to computers and smart phones dominating our current lives. In this course we will cut across disciplinary boundaries to explore the multifaceted roots and formations of German media theory which combine literary poststructuralism, histories of science and technology, psychoanalysis, cybernetics, art history, and philosophy among other fields. Readings include works by Friedrich Kittler, Bernhard Siegert, Cornelia Vismann, Wolfgang Ernst, Walter Benjamin, Niklas Luhmann, Michel Foucault, Marshall McLuhan and many others. The course will be taught in English and all readings will be available in English.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Pfannkuchen, Antje
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.210.161 (01)German Elements IMWF 9:00AM - 9:50AM, T 9:00AM - 9:50AMMifflin, Deborah McGeeMaryland 309
AS.210.161 (02)German Elements IMWF 10:00AM - 10:50AM, T 10:30AM - 11:20AMMifflin, Deborah McGeeBloomberg 176
AS.210.161 (03)German Elements IMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM, T 10:30AM - 11:20AMMifflin, Deborah McGeeMaryland 309
AS.210.261 (01)Intermediate German IMWF 10:00AM - 10:50AMWheeler, Heidi LHodson 316
AS.210.261 (02)Intermediate German IMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AMWheeler, Heidi LHodson 303
AS.210.262 (01)Intermediate German IITTh 9:00AM - 10:15AMWheeler, Heidi LKrieger 306
AS.210.361 (01)Advanced German I: Cultural Topics of the Modern German-speaking WorldMWF 10:00AM - 10:50AMMifflin, Deborah McGeeAmes 218
AS.210.361 (02)Advanced German I: Cultural Topics of the Modern German-speaking WorldMW 3:00PM - 4:15PMMifflin, Deborah McGeeHackerman B 17
AS.210.367 (01)Advanced Yiddish ITTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMLang, Beatrice 
AS.211.362 (01)Critical Knowledges: Black, Feminist, QueerTTh 4:30PM - 5:45PMNitis, MayaBloomberg 178
AS.213.271 (01)Trust: Literature and PhilosophyTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMYonover, Jason MauriceAmes 320
AS.213.407 (01)German Media TheoryT 1:30PM - 4:00PMPfannkuchen, Antje