German (GERM)

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GERM 1A.     Elementary German. 4 Units


Focuses on the development of listening, speaking, and reading skills. Special attention will be given to the relationship of the language to the civilization and culture of the German-speaking countries.

GERM 1B.     Elementary German. 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): GERM 1A or instructor permission.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2), Foreign Language Graduation Requirement


Continuation of GERM 1A. Speaking, listening, and reading skills are practiced and more emphasis is placed on the development of writing skills than in GERM 1A. Cultural introduction to the German-speaking countries is continued.

GERM 2A.     Intermediate German. 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): GERM 1B or instructor permission.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Foreign Language Graduation Requirement


Continuation of GERM 1B with review of grammar and with further development of reading ability but with a greater emphasis on active skills in speaking and writing.

Note: Meets the Foreign Language Graduation Proficiency Requirement.

GERM 2B.     Intermediate German. 4 Units

Prerequisite(s): GERM 2A or instructor permission.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Foreign Language Graduation Requirement


Continuation of GERM 2A with greater emphasis on skills in writing.

Note: Meets the Foreign Language Graduation Proficiency Requirement.

GERM 5A.     German Language Practice. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Foreign Language Graduation Requirement


Practice with German conversation and vocabulary; supervised individual and small-group instruction designed to develop German vocabulary, including conversation and listening skills at an intermediate level.

Note: Meets the Foreign Language Graduation Proficiency Requirement. May be taken for credit four times.

GERM 100.     Advanced German Grammar. 3 Units


Study of grammar and style and their practical application in writing and speaking.

GERM 105.     Advanced German Language Practice. 3 Units


Supervised individual and small-group practice for upper-division students desiring to improve their German language skills, especially conversation, listening and vocabulary. Some written work may be assigned. May be taken for credit three times, but may count only once for major or minor credit.

GERM 140.     Heroes, Dragons and Quests. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Exploration of the heroic adventures of the medieval knights in their quests for fame and love, with special attention to the bridal quest and the roles of their "ladies": their social, political, and economic position, and their impact on life in the Middle Ages. Discussions will be based on the reading of selected Middle High German works in English translation.

Note: No German language requirement.

GERM 141.     German Mythology and Legend. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Exploration of Germanic myth and legend and their impact on art and literature. Readings in English.

Note: No German language requirement.

GERM 142.     German Folk Literature, Legend, and Lore. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Study of the traditional folk literature; fairy tales, folk tales, legends, ballads and folk songs; of the German-speaking people, their holiday traditions, festivals and social customs. Readings in English.

Note: No German language requirement.

GERM 143.     King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in Germany. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Study of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table in the German medieval romances read in English translation.

Note: No German language requirement. Course will be offered every two years.

GERM 150.     German Civilization: Beginning to 16th Century. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Historical, social, and artistic forces in German civilization from the time of the Great Migrations to the Reformation. All readings and lectures in English.

GERM 151.     German Civilization: 17th Century to Present. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Humanities (Area C2)


Historical, social, and artistic forces in German civilization from the Reformation through the 20th century. All readings and lectures in English.

GERM 194.     Field Experience/Internship. 1 - 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Intermediate competency in German and instructor permission.


Directed fieldwork in a project which uses the language skills developed through previous study of German. The projects may include interpreting and translating for public and/or private agencies in Sacramento or other projects approved by the faculty supervisor. All work will be monitored by Sacramento State faculty. The student must submit written reports to his/her supervisor. May be taken more than once for credit.

Credit/No Credit

GERM 195.     Fieldwork: Tutoring. 1 - 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Native/near-native fluency in German; upper division status; instructor permission.


Tutoring of lower division students of German under supervision of instructor. May be taken for credit more than once.

Credit/No Credit

GERM 199.     Special Problems. 1 - 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Approval of instructor supervising the work.


Individual projects or directed reading.

Note: Open only to students who appear competent to carry on independent study.

Credit/No Credit