Course Offerings Fall Term 2021-2022

Language Courses in Fall Semester 2021:

We are offering all our regular German language courses from German 101 (Beginning German 1) to German 202 (Intermediate German 2) this fall. If you are not sure, which one you should take, check out our placement guide here:

In German 101, we are working with the textbook series Impuls Deutsch.

In German 102-202, we are continuing with our textbook series Netzwerk, which is based on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference).

All the textbooks will be supplemented by a variety of authentic materials, e.g. music, websites, and videos.

If you are taking one of our intermediate-level courses, you will also read a short book, either Inge Scholl’s Die weiße Rose, about a resistance group in the Third Reich, or Otfried Preussler’s Krabat, which is a fantasy story based on an old folk tale. (Both books have been edited for language learners.)

Of course there will also be a project again! In the past, project themes have included political parties in Germany, regions of the German-speaking world, the situation of refugees in Germany and the US, etc etc. This semester we took Pitt’s “Year of Data and Society” as our inspiration, and so we will focus on numbers and what they mean for us (or don’t): “Alles was zählt”! (Sorry, to find out more you will have to take one of our courses!)

Lastly: If you are taking German 103 in the fall, keep an eye out for our new intensive option for Intermediate German in the spring! If you want to move ahead faster, you can take German 205 (German 201 and 202), which will get you ready to take upper-level classes in the next fall already.


Reading German Literary Texts
GER 1000

T/Th 12:30-1:45pm 
Prof. Amy Colin

To view the pdf for GER 1000, please click here.

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Professional German
GER 1003

T Th 4:00-5:15 p.m.


Literary Analysis
GER 1105

MW 3-4:15pm 
Prof. von Dirke

To view the pdf for GER 1105, please click here.

Why do people around the globe tell stories? What stories do they tell in the German speaking world? Why and how? What is the significance of narrative today? Learn the tools of textual analysis and read between the lines of fictional and non fictional texts while practicing your GERMAN. Materials and language of instruction: GERMAN; interactive pdf linked to this image. Black text with yellow highlights and a bookshelf image as the background


Senior Capstone Seminar / Special Topics Seminar
GER 1399/GER 1490

T TH 9:30-10:45 a.m.


Indo-European Folktales (Taught in English)
GER 1502 

MW 1:00-1:50 + Recitation,
Prof. John Lyon

To view the pdf for GER 1502, please click here.

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Germany Today (Taught in English)
GER 1522

T/Th 4-5:15pm 
Prof. Amy Colin

To view the pdf for GER 1522, please click here.

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Weimar Culture (Taught in English)
GER 1530

MW 3-4:15pm 
Dr. Jaclyn Kurash

Please click here for the accessible pdf for GER 1530.

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Marx & Marxism (Taught in English)
GER 1542 

MW 4:30-5:45
Prof. von Dirke

To view the pdf for GER 1542, please click here.

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