German Language and Reading Courses


For further informaton on the department's German language program, please see the section Language Study. If you have additional questions, please contact the Director of the Language Program, Catherine C. Baumann.

LANGUAGE COURSES: First-Year Sequence

Elementary German for Beginners I, II, III. 
GRMN 10100-10200-10300. 

PQ for GRMN 10200: placement or consent of language coordinator. PQ for 10300: 10200 or 10201 or placement or consent of language coordinator. No auditors permitted. Must be taken for quality grades.
The goal of this sequence is to develop proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking for use in everyday communication. Knowledge and awareness of the different cultures of the German speaking countries is also a goal. 
Autumn, Winter, Spring.

Intensive Introductory German.
GRMN 10003 and 10006.
Introductory German is a 6-week course designed for students wishing to develop intermediate proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking for use in everyday communication. Students will work with authentic materials as well as gain familiarity with the different cultures of the German-speaking countries. The course meets Monday through Friday for three hours per day, with additional 90-minute practice sessions twice per week in the afternoon. The GRMN 10003-10006 sequence is the equivalent of the 10100-10200-10300 sequence offered during the regular academic year at the University of Chicago.
For more information and to register, please visit the Summer Language Institute website.
Summer.

Elementary German. 
GRMN 10201. 

PQ: Placement or consent of language coordinator. No auditors permitted. Must be taken for a quality grade. This is an accelerated version of the GRMN 10100-10200 sequence for students with previous knowledge of the language. 
Autumn, Winter.

LANGUAGE COURSES: Second-Year Sequence

Deutsche Märchen: German through Fairy Tales. 
GRMN 20100. 

PQ: GRMN 10300 or placement. No auditors permitted. Must be taken for a quality grade. 
This course is a comprehensive look at German fairy tales, including structure and role in German nineteenth-century literature, adaptation as children's books in German and English, and film interpretations. This course also includes a review and expansion of German grammar.
Autumn, Winter, Spring.

Deutsch-Amerikanische Themen. 
GRMN 20200. 

PQ: GRMN 20100 or placement. No auditors permitted. Must be taken for a quality grade. 
Issues may range from print or other media, to social topics such as family roles or social class, to literary genres such as exile or immigrant literature. This course also includes an advanced review and expansion of German grammar.
Autumn, Winter, Spring.

Kurzprosa aus dem 20. Jahrhundert/Film im 20. Jahrhundert. 
GRMN 20300. 

PQ: GRMN 20200 or placement. No auditors permitted. Must be taken for a quality grade. 
This course is a study of descriptive and narrative prose through short fiction and other texts, as well as media from the twentieth century.We focus on grammatical issues designed to push toward more cohesive and idiomatic use of languages. 
Autumn, Winter, Spring.

LANGUAGE COURSES: Third-Year Sequence

Fokus. 
GRMN 21103-21203-21303. 

These courses must not be taken in sequence, but all three are required for the major.
These three courses serve as preparation for seminar-style classes. Students work with a variety of texts and learn to present and participate in instructor- and student-led discussions of relevant issues and topics. Students also write short essays and longer research papers. Work in grammar, structure, and vocabulary moves students toward more idiomatic use of German. 

Fokus: Erzählen. 
GRMN 21103. 

PQ: GRMN 20300 or placement. No auditors permitted. 
This course develops advanced German skills through the study of narratives of various authors from different periods. 
Autumn.

Fokus: Drama und Film. 
GRMN 21203. 

PQ: GRMN 20300 or placement. No auditors permitted. 
This course develops advanced German skill through the study of dramas and/or films of various authors/directors from different eras.
Winter.

Fokus: Gedichte. 
GRMN 21303. 

PQ: GRMN 20300 or placement. No auditors permitted.
This course develops advanced German skills through the study of poetry of various authors from different periods.
Spring.

GERMAN READING COURSES

Reading German for Undergraduate Students. 
GRMN 13100.

Prior knowledge of German not required. No auditors permitted. This course does not prepare students for the competency exam. Must be taken for a quality grade. 
This course prepares students to read a variety of German texts. By the end of the quarter, students should have a fundamental knowledge of German grammar and a basic vocabulary. While the course does not teach conversational German, the basic elements of pronunciation are taught so that students can understand a limited amount of spoken German. 
Spring.

Reading German For Research Purposes.
GRMN 33300.

Reading German for Research Purposes prepares students to read and do research using scholarly texts in German. Students will gain a fundamental knowledge of German grammar and the most common vocabulary terms used in scholarly writing, while developing reading comprehension skills and working intensively with academic texts in their areas of research specialty. Graduate students who take this course perform well will be able to comprehend difficult scholarly texts and begin using them in their own research. The course also includes practice of the skills necessary to pass the Graduate Reading Comprehension Exam in German. No previous experience with German is required. NOTE: This course may fulfill the graduate language requirement in some departments.
Check the time schedules for quarterly offerings. Also offered through the Summer Language Institute.

Reading German For Research Purposes.
GRMN 33300.
This course prepares students to read and do research in German. Students will gain a fundamental knowledge of German grammar and a basic vocabulary while developing reading comprehension skills and working intensively with scholarly texts in their areas of academic speciality. This course is offered twice each summer. Students should only enroll in one section. NOTE: This course may fulfill the graduate language requirement in some departments. If you are interested in this course specifically to prepare for a German exam at a school other than the University of Chicago, please contact summerlanguages@uchicago.edu to inquire whether this course will meet your needs. GRMN 33300 is not open to students in the Summer Programs for High School Students.
For more information and to register, please visit the Summer Language Institute website.
Summer.