Note: before one can complete the major, one must achieve a mastery to the 2002 (Intermediate German II) level. I began college with a C1 on the DSDII (2017) and a 4 on the AP exam (2015), placing me into GRMN2002, which I completed in the fall of 2017 before beginning the major.

  • Language: Culture and Society I (Spring 2018)
    • GRMN3010 is a general culture class focused on the German citizenship exam, which is a part of our curriculum and examination. Thus, the course focused on German history, culture, and government. Taught in German.
  • Language: Culture and Society II (Fall 2018)
    • GRMN3020 is another general culture class, but this course is more deeply rooted in modern culture. We consumed a lot of German content, such as the television series Türkisch für Anfänger, the young-adult novel Tschick, and Fatih Akin’s film adaptation of the same name. Taught in German.

Cast photo on set of Biedermann und die Brandstifter
Our GRMN4020 cast photo.
  • German Theatre* (Fall 2018)
    • GRMN4020 is an elective offered every two years because it actually requires a great deal of work. The first part of the course introduces German theatre through different plays, while the latter half requires its students to produce and star in play entirely in German.
    • I elected to Honors option this course, and, with one of my classmates, recorded the epilogue of Biedermann as a radio play.
    • Our production was Biedermann und die Brandstifter by Max Frisch, and I served as props crew, production designer, and assisted with the marketing and promotional materials. I played the role of Anna during the play itself.

  • Introduction to German Culture through German Literature (Fall 2018)
    • GRMN2300 is a required, reading-intensive course for the major, focusing on German literature from Goethe to Communist Germany. I adored this class and honestly wish I could take it again (as the books change most semesters). Taught in English.
  • Introduction to Linguistics (Fall 2018)
    • LING2100 is a required course for German majors, providing a foundational understanding of generalized linguistics. Covered basic phonetics, morphology, and the IPA chart. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who needs a language elective.
  • Contemporary Business and Politics* (Spring 2019)
    • GRMN4810 covered current events in Germany, and for every class we read articles from German newspapers/websites like Die Welt, Deutsche Zeitung, and more local coverage. We developed independent projects based on current events in Germany, and my project was on disability legislation in Germany. Taught in German.
  • Senior Seminar: The German American Experience (Spring 2020)
    • GRMN4520 is required of all undergraduates pursuing a German degree. This semester’s seminar was on the experiences of German immigrants and descendants of German immigrants in the United States. Taught in German.
    • Instead of a final project, our cohort created a replica of a German-American newspaper from 1889, for which I designed the landing site, served as co-editor-in-chief, and wrote a press release for the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies website.
  • Undergraduate Research Course (I) (Fall 2020)
    • HONS4960R is an independent research course, for which I received credit by working under Dr. Magda Matuskova on her project “Cuba and its relationship with the socialist film industry in the 1960s.”
    • My role in this project was to translate German archival documents into English, as pertaining to the relationship between East German cinema and Cuba in the ‘60s.
    • My independent project under Dr. Matuskova’s mentorship concentrated on the idea of “German-ness” in 1960s war films from West and East Germany is currently under edits.
  • Discourses from Post-War Literature (Spring 2021)
    • GRMN3610 was taught by a guest lecturer who is a German novelist. Due to COVID travel restrictions, he taught the course from Berlin over Zoom, and I found the discussion-based class to be so interesting as someone with an interest in storytelling and transnational identities.
    • We spent most of the class reading books he had written and discussed how our perspectives influence our storytelling and reading practices, and what it means to experience stories outside of your own worldview.
  • German Courtly Epic (Spring 2021)
    • GRMN4510 concentrated on two important medieval texts, Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival and Gottfried von Straßburg’s Tristan und Isolde, in addition to selected excerpts from other major works.
    • I wrote my final paper on the ways in which Parzival und Tristan und Isolde constructed and courted their female audiences, which was such a fun way to combine my background in media audiences and the coursework at hand. This was my last German class, and I am so happy to have taken it!

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