2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

German (GER)

German

609 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1030
Jeff Good
Chair
David Fertig
Program Director
Robert Hoeing
Director of Undergraduate Studies

The Learning Environment

German classes are typically small in size, allowing for greater interaction, face-time and use of the target language between the instructor and students. Courses cover a variety of topics, and Independent Studies may be arranged to fill a student's needs.

About Our Facilities

The German program is housed in the Department of Linguistics in Baldy Hall and holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus. Although most instruction is in traditional format, it is often enhanced with a wide variety of media resources, including videos and internet.

About Our Faculty

The German program has two full-time faculty, one with a Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and a sufficient number of instructors and graduate teaching assistants.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Linguistics department website for additional information about our faculty.

GER Courses


  • GER 101LEC Elementary German 1st Semester
    Lecture

    Develops listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a communicative context; for beginners.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • GER 102LEC Elementary German 2nd Semester
    Lecture

    Develops listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a communicative context; for beginners.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: GER 101
  • GER 104LEC Transitional Elementary German
    Lecture

    Review course for students with high school German or prior elementary-level instruction.

    Credits: 5
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • GER 151LEC Intermediate German I
    Lecture

    Provides further practice in the language with increased attention to conversational and written skills; helps students attain intermediate-level proficiency.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • GER 152LEC Intermediate German II
    Lecture

    Provides further practice in the language with increased attention to conversational and written skills; helps students attain intermediate-level proficiency.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: GER 151
  • GER 198SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • GER 199SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • GER 301LEC Survey of German Cultural History I
    Lecture

    Explores major cultural and intellectual movements in German thought, society, literature, and the arts within the context of German history. The first semester [GER 301] covers the period from earliest Germanic times to 1750, the second [GER 302] from 1750 to the present. Classes are normally conducted in German.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • GER 302LEC Survey of German Cultural History II
    Lecture

    Explores major cultural and intellectual movements in German thought, society, literature, and the arts within the context of German history. The first semester [GER 301] covers the period from earliest Germanic times to 1750, the second [GER 302] from 1750 to the present. Classes are normally conducted in German.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • GER 337LEC Advanced Conversation and Composition
    Lecture

    Enhances the speaking and writing skills of students who have attained intermediate-level proficiency. Activities include intensive small-group discussions on topics of current interest, and frequent writing exercises to refine compositional skills. Instruction exclusively in German.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • GER 338LEC Stylistics and Translation
    Lecture

    Allows analysis of and practice in various styles of expression in German, as well as the study of idiomatic usages in the language. Instruction is exclusively in German.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • GER 404LEC Readings in Old Norse Literature
    Lecture

    Involves readings in Norse mythology and the Icelandic sagas, as well as the cultural history of the Vikings.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • GER 408LEC The Structure of Modern German Grammar
    Lecture

    Incorporates linguistic analysis of the phonetic, phonological, morphological, and syntactic structure of German. Includes a survey of the more important theories of German syntax, as well as preliminary investigation into semantics, if time allows.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • GER 410SEM Topics
    Seminar

    Intensive research on a selected topic in German studies.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • GER 414SEM History of the English Language
    Seminar

    Introduces the linguistic and cultural development of the English language from its beginnings to the present. This course is the same as LIN 414, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • GER 415LEC History of the German Language
    Lecture

    Introduces the linguistic and cultural development of the German language from its beginnings to the present. Instruction is usually in German.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • GER 420LEC Grimm's Fairy Tales
    Lecture

    Allows in-depth study of traditional Märchen and Sagen, and Kunst-Märchen, as well as a survey of Germanic mythologies and legends. Instruction is usually in German.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • GER 439LEC German Prose: The Novelle
    Lecture

    Studies the masterworks of the novelle genre in German literature from the romantic period to the early twentieth century. Readings and discussion are in German.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • GER 449LEC Topics
    Lecture

    Explores a selected topic in German linguistics, literature, or cultural history.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • GER 450LEC Topics
    Lecture

    Explores a selected topic in German linguistics, literature, or cultural history.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • GER 494TUT Senior Capstone Course
    Tutorial

    Course for senior-level majors intended to provide a learning experience that integrates knowledge from lower-level courses. Topics may vary.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • GER 496TUT Internship/Practicum
    Tutorial

    Hands-on experience in language and cultural studies at institutions and organizations in Western New York and/or nationwide.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • GER 498TUT Undergraduate Research
    Tutorial

    Students collaborate with faculty research mentors on an ongoing project or conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member. This experience provides students with an inquiry-based learning opportunity and engages them as active learners in a research setting.

    Credits: 1 - 8
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • GER 499TUT Independent Study
    Tutorial

    Allows independent and intensive research on a selected topic in German studies.

    Credits: 1 - 16
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
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