Note: when it came to whether or not to add this minor, it truly was a no-brainer. I was able to count two of my upper-level German electives toward its completion, leaving me with two other upper level courses and two lower level courses left. This minor also requires a four-semester mastery of a European language, which my German degree covers as well.

  • German Theatre* (Fall 2018)
  • Contemporary Business and Politics* (Spring 2019)
  • Western Civilization 1500 to Present (Honors) (Fall 2019)
    • HIST2312H is a prerequisite to the minor, and I very much enjoyed this class. I really like history, so the more I can take history courses, the happier I am. We read Machiavelli’s The Prince, Joseph Conrad’s The Heart of Darkness, Erich Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front, and both Ordinary Men and Germans into Nazis to discuss the German consciousness during the Second World War.
  • Transnational European Studies Capstone: Transnational Literatures (Spring 2020)
    • FCID4000 is the capstone course for my minor, and in 2020 the course was cross-listed with the comparative literature course, Transnational Literatures. The idea behind this class was to decenter European studies by reading post-colonial novels centered around migration and questions of citizenship and the nation-state. The novels included Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, Crossing by Patjim Statovci, Travelers by Helon Habila, and Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck.
    • My final paper for this capstone was “The Role of Inter- and Intra-Storytelling in Identity Formation and Cultural Establishment of Immigrant Communities,” which concentrated on the storytelling elements within the novels we read, while also drawing on prior research I conducted on Turkish broadcasting in Germany in 1990s.
  • The Black and Green Atlantic (Fall 2020)
    • CMLT4260 is an upper-level comparative literature course focusing on an interdisciplinary approach to studying transnational cultures and diasporas, specifically that of the Black and Irish histories and diasporas.
    • I really enjoyed this course, and it definitely challenged the way I approach cross-cultural relations. Everyone in my class was such an excellent discussion leader, and we had great conversations both about the course material and the urgent and growing civil rights movement worldwide.

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