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German

Why Study German?

With 90 million native speakers, German is the most widely spoken language in Europe.

Germany is Europe’s largest economy and a world leader in areas such as solar and

wind energy, health care, and engineering technology.

German culture is a vital part of American and Texas heritage.

What would San Antonio be without Huebner, Wurzbach, Eisenhauer, Hildebrand, and King William…?

German is closely related to English and useful in combination with many other disciplines. German courses are fun - ask any current German student about their experiences!

 

Where is German Spoken?

 

Is German difficult?

German is the language taught at UTSA that is most closely related to English. In fact, you already know many German words like Musik, Autobahn, Angst, Restaurant, and Kindergarten. Introductory classes at UTSA require no prior knowledge of German. If you’ve had some German before, contact Dr. Silke Schade and take the placement test or CLEP to find the level where you belong.

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How does German fit in with my other coursework?

UTSA offers a three-year German language sequence and literature and culture courses with varied  topics such as Medieval to Contemporary German literature, German Fairy Tales, German Drama, and German Cinema, and courses on contemporary issues and the cities of Berlin and Munich. Studying German can give you an advantage in disciplines such as history, international studies, music, philosophy, chemistry, physics, engineering, and others.  Many students choose to add a minor in German to another field.  For more detailed information, contact Dr. Sara Budarz. 

What are the requirements for a minor in German?

German minors complete coursework in Intermediate and Advanced German Language (German 2013, 2023, and 3023) and three additional German-related courses, two of which must be taken at the upper-division level.   Courses include CSH 1213 (Topic in World Cultures), MES 1213 (Cinema), and GER 2333, 4003, 3413, 4213 (See below for descriptions – topics will vary).  For more information, contact Dr. Sara Budarz.

German Courses Offered at UTSA

GER 1014  Elementary German I (3-2) 4 hours credit.
Fundamentals of German offering the opportunity to develop listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. Introduction to German culture.

GER 1024  Elementary German II (3-2) 4 hours credit. Prerequisite: GER 1014, the equivalent, an appropriate placement test score, or consent of instructor.
Fundamentals of German offering the opportunity to further develop abilities in listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. Further exposure to German culture.

GER 2013  Intermediate German I (3-1) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: GER 1024, the equivalent, an appropriate placement test score, or consent of instructor.
Continued opportunity to develop listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. Continued exposure to German culture.

GER 2023  Intermediate German II (3-1) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: GER 2013, the equivalent, an appropriate placement test score, or consent of instructor.
Continued opportunity to develop listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. Continued exposure to German culture.

GER 2333  German Literature in English Translation (3-0) 3 hours credit.
Major works of German literature across time, genres, and movements. (Formerly GER 3333. Credit cannot be earned for both GER 2333 and GER 3333.)

GER 3023  Advanced Language Skills (3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: GER 2023 or consent of instructor.
Development of oral and written language skills using contemporary readings, media, and oral discourse. Emphasis on increasing fluency through vocabulary expansion activities and selective grammar review. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

GER 3413  Survey of German Literature and Culture (3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: GER 2023 or consent of instructor.
Selected works from the medieval period to the 21st century are studied as examples of central movements in German culture and literary history. The course presents the shape of German civilization, emphasizing the major periods, styles, movements, and generations. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

GER 4003  Topics in German Literature (3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: GER 2023 or consent of instructor. Focus on a specific area of German literature, from the medieval period through the 21st century. Selected texts are studied as examples of representative movements, genres, or authors in German literary history. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

GER 4213  Topics in German Culture and Linguistics (3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: GER 2023 or consent of instructor.
Focuses on selected topics of cultural history, such as Vienna 1890–1914, Expressionism, contemporary cultural/political developments, or on a linguistic topic. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

GER 4913  Independent Study 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) of the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

GER 4933  Internship in German 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair.
Supervised experience in a setting that provides the opportunity to integrate theory and practice in language usage. May be repeated once for credit.

GER 4953  Special Studies in German (3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

GER 4993  Honors Research 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of the undergraduate advisor.
Supervised research and preparation of an honors thesis. May be repeated once for credit, with approval.

 

 

Knowledge of German language in the European Union, with Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland and Turkey.

Map courtesy of Wikipedia.

 

German Instructors at UTSA

 

    

Dr. Christopher Wickham 

 

Dr. Sara Budarz

 

What about study abroad?

UTSA offers a variety of study abroad options to Germany and Austria.  During a three-week summer study abroad experience in Munich, one of Germany’s most vibrant and exciting cities, students are introduced to the art, culture, architecture, and history of the city and surrounding area.  For detailed information, visit the Germany study abroad page. Semester- and year-long study abroad options are available in Munich and Vienna – see Dr. Chris Wickham for details.  UTSA also has a Berlin study abroad program in the works – see Dr. Sara Budarz for details. 

 

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