German Language and Literature Curriculum

At least one course in German history (modern German history) is required; and relevant coursework in art history, religion, music, or German philosophy is encouraged.

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Area of Concentration Requirements

At least one course in German history (modern German history) is required; and relevant coursework in art history, religion, music, or German philosophy is encouraged. Students should demonstrate a thorough knowledge of major works and authors from the modern and classical periods in German literature. The senior thesis may focus on any aspect of German cultural studies; and interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged

The concentration in German Studies/German language and literature at New College begins with a two-year, four-course sequence (four full-semester courses: Elementary German I & II and Intermediate German I & II). For students who have either completed the above sequence or already have an adequate knowledge of German, courses such as:

  • German Conversation and Composition
  • Berlin Metropolis: Stadt als Text
  • Afro-German Autobiography
  • Heinrich von Kleist’s Novellas in Text and Film
  • Individual and group tutorials in advanced language skills, German literature in the original, and cultural topics are offered every semester.

In addition to the curriculum in German language and literature in the original, there is usually one course each semester on a German Studies topic that is accessible to students with no background in the language. Courses taught in English translation include:

  • Seduction and Gender in 18th- and Early 19th-Century German Bourgeois Drama
  • Black, White, and German: Afro-Germans and German Identity
  • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: “Snow White” in Text and Film
  • Red Riding Hood in Text and Film
  • Protest Cultures of East and West Germany
  • Transnational Perspectives on the Holocaust
  • Group tutorials “Hansel and Gretel,” “Bluebeard,” “Sleeping Beauty”

SAMPLE PATHWAYS to complete AOC Requirements

New College students must satisfy both the requirements of the Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC), New College’s general education program, and the specific requirements for the Area of Concentration (AOC). With so many opportunities each term, the pathway below is provided as an example of how a student could complete the requirements for graduation. We’ve put some checkpoints in place so that you make the most of your time at New College. Each term you’ll meet with a faculty advisor to discuss courses, tutorials, internships, or other academic experiences. Schedule a meeting with your faculty advisor to discuss which courses satisfy the LAC and which satisfy the AOC. Each student completes a Provisional AOC Plan in the fifth contract to select an AOC, and each student submits a Thesis Prospectus/AOC Form in the sixth contract.

A Sample Four-Year Pathway for German Language and Literature

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 1Elementary German IISP #1 (on campus)Elementary German II
German Literature/CultureGerman Literature/Culture
LAC/ otherLAC/ other
LAC/ otherLAC/ other
Year 2Intermediate German IISP #2 (off campus)Intermediate German II
German Literature/Film (in English)German Literature/Film (in English)
Modern German HistoryModern European History
LAC/ otherLAC/ other
Year 3Conversation and CompositionISP #3 (off campus)Advanced German (literature/culture)
German Literature/CultureAdvanced German (literature/culture)
LAC/ otherLAC/ other
LAC/ other LAC/ other
Year 4Advanced German (literature/culture)Advanced German (literature/culture)
Thesis TutorialThesis Tutorial
German/Literature/CultureGerman Literature/Culture
LAC/ otherLAC/ other

A Sample Two-Year Pathway for German Language and Literature

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 3Advanced German ISP #1 (off campus) language immersionAdvanced German
Modern German HistoryGerman Literature/Culture (in English)
German Literature/Culture German Literature/Culture (in English)
Modern European History
Year 4Advanced GermanISP #2 (off campus) (thesis-related)Advanced German
Thesis TutorialThesis Tutorial
German Literature/Culture (in English)German Literature/Culture
Modern European History