Selecting Courses

The Department of German Studies offers courses ranging from the elementary level (for students with no knowledge of German) through advanced-level courses in German language and culture. The department reviews the course selection of each entering student, taking into consideration her school and AP records together with her answers to a questionnaire and the results of her online placement exam.  You may also find relevant Five College German courses, as well as information about the major and minor in the department (German Studies section of the Bulletin and Course Catalog).

Fall 2017 Courses

Elementary German (GRMST-101-01/02/03)

This course introduces speaking, reading, and writing German. Cultural and literary readings together with frequent use of video and other online resources dealing with everyday situations and experiences in the German-speaking countries sensitize students to the cultural context in which the language is used. Weekly conversation sessions with a German language assistant supplement class work.

Van Handle MWF 8:35-9:50 Lauer MWF 11:00-12:15

German for Internships and Research (GRMST-115)

For students who wish to acquire a working knowledge of German to prepare for an internship or research in a German-speaking country. Some knowledge of German affords students access to better placements in internships, especially DAAD RISE summer internships ( sponsored and supported by the German government. Focus on vocabulary and structures used when interacting with German speakers in specific cultural contexts or discipline-specific situations. Help with applications and resumes, along with presentations and staff from the CDC, McCulloch Center, and Alumnae Association.

Van Handle M 4:15-5:30

Intermediate German (GRMST-201)

This course emphasizes further development of contextual reading, writing, and speaking skills in German. Focus on strategies that help students learn vocabulary and use grammatical structures in appropriate ways. Discussion of a variety of texts and genres, as well as exploration of topics such as immigration and social justice. Frequent writing assignments and speaking opportunities.

Lauer MWF 8:35-9:50

Topics in German Studies: 'Monsters, Villains, and Vamps’ (GRMST-223MV)

Uncanny experiences, Doppelgangers, insect-like creatures, clay monsters, sexual predators, and robot seductresses -- these are some characters we will encounter on this journey through German texts and films. Students will expand their reading skills in German, deepen their command of literary and visual analysis, and review advanced grammar structures. In German.

Gortcheva MW 11:00-12:15

Topics in German and European Studies in a Global Context: 'Moving Europe: Film in Global Context’ (GRMST-331EF)

We explore European cinema by retracing the history of the medium, revisiting canonical works and movements, and reconsidering identities in a global context. In the final analysis, we might conclude, Europe and its films were always on the move. In English.

Gortcheva T 1:15-4:05; screenings M 7:00-10:00

First-Year Students


  • The Department of German Studies will review the course selection of all entering students, taking into consideration school and AP records together with the results of the Placement Exam.
  • All students who plan to elect German in either semester must complete this questionnaire carefully. Final course placement will be based on the following considerations: the student’s specific training in German, the results of the student’s online placement exam, and scheduling possibilities. Students should take the online placement exam prior to registration, if possible.
  • Students contemplating spending all or part of their junior year in Germany should elect German in the first semester of their first year, since two continuous years of German in college are normally required for junior year programs in Germany. 
  • Courses that satisfy the College language requirement only are designated as such. Other courses can satisfy either the language requirement or fulfill a Humanities I-A distribution requirement. 

Detailed up-to-date information on course selection, placement, and learning abroad can best be found in the German Studies section online.