Department Learning Goals

At the end of the following levels, students will be able to:

Elementary (Completion of Sequence of GRMST 101-102, or GERMAN 103)

  • communicate in German on a range of everyday situations. 
  • produce responses to questions (oral & written) using vocabulary and structures as presented in the lesson plans and texts read. 
  •  understand and produce a variety of text types (personal letters, emails); write (and rewrite) shorter creative essays (Schreibaufgaben) as well as at least 4 progressively longer essays. 
  • comprehend German grammar requiring some review and more contextualized analysis and discussion on the next level (GRMST 201). 
  • read and summarize the content of German texts, both orally and in writing, written specifically for German learners, and/or authentic texts written for children or young people in Germany.

Intermediate (GRMST 201)

  • have a sound understanding of the diversity of contemporary life in the German-speaking world with some in-depth knowledge on specific topics. 
  • possess global comprehension of authentic materials (including texts, films, videos on YouTube, etc.) and some fine-point knowledge analysis. 
  • produce spoken and written discourse from description to narration, to formulation of arguments and/or hypotheses, while incorporating an increasing variety of style and complexity. 
  • improve their writing and speaking abilities in German through extensive writing and re-writing of assignments as well as recordings and analysis of oral presentations. 
  • read at least one (possibly two) longers works written in German.

Advanced Intermediate (Two GRMST 200-level classes above GRMST 201 incl. 215?)

  • will know how to work with authentic materials and use acquired knowledge to discuss and understand related issues. 
  • produce medium-length analytical essays, a final paper (Hausarbeit) similar to those written by students at a German university and narratives based on first-hand experience, fiction, non-fiction, visual texts, and media. 
  • engage in class discussions, debate, and group interactions in German with relative ease using appropriate vocabulary and produce a basic German university-style Referat. 
  • analyze visual and printed texts. understand historical perspectives within German cultures that existed prior to the 20th and 21st centuries. 
  • produce a basic German-style Hausarbeit and acquire a basic knowledge of how to research a topic.

Advanced level (GRMST 300-level courses)

  • formulate, develop, present, and document original research questions, their thesis, and arguments made in oral presentations, written abstracts, and group projects in relatively precise German. 
  • write, with revision(s), an analytical study of at least 12 pages (15-20 pages for the senior seminar) including footnotes and bibliography. 
  • present analysis of course material, discussion questions, and individual research projects orally (20- minute presentations). 
  • understand major debates, trajectories, and directions in the field of German studies. Integrate this study with at least one other discipline (e.g., international relations or European studies) and other transnational contexts. 
  • express analytical ideas, formulate opinions, and discuss topics with relative ease in German.