Area of Concentration Requirements

GERMAN LANGUAGE & LITERATURE COURSES OFFERED IN LAST 5 YEARS

The concentration in German Studies/ German language and literature at New College begins with a two-year, four semester sequence (four full-semester courses) or the equivalent:  

FOUR-SEMESTER LANGUAGE SEQUENCE:

  • Elementary German I
  • Elementary German II
  • Intermediate German I
  • Intermediate German II

For students who have either completed the above sequence or the equivalent:

THIRD-YEAR BRIDGE COURSE:

  • German Conversation and Composition (theme-based course: literature, film, culture)

ADVANCED GERMAN:

After the third-year bridge course, students must take at least three (3) Advanced German courses. Some past courses in Advanced German include:

  • Current Events
  • Berlin Metropolis: City as Text
  • Afro-German Autobiography
  • Heinrich von Kleist’s Novellas in Text and Film: „Erdbeben in Chili“ and „Die Marquise von O“.
  • Integration, Cultural Clash, and the New Germany
  • Representations of the “Third World” in German Literature
  • Individual and/or group tutorials in advanced language skills, German literature in the original, and cultural topics; particularly recommended for thesis preparation

GERMAN LITERATURE & CULTURE COURSES IN ENGLISH TRANSLATION

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. Students must take at least five (5) courses taught in English translation. Some courses include: 

  • Black, White, and German: Afro-Germans and German Identity
  • Women and Seduction in English, French, and German Bourgeois Drama
  • Through the Looking-Glass: “Snow White” in Text and Film
  • Straying from the Path: “Red Riding Hood” in Text and Film
  • Protest Cultures of East and West Germany
  • Transnational Perspectives in Holocaust Memory
  • German Family Memory Novels & Autobiographies
  • The Berlin Wall in German Literature, Film, and Music
  • Group tutorials: “Hansel and Gretel,” “Bluebeard,” and “Sleeping Beauty”

VIEW GERMAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE ACADEMIC LEARNING COMPACT

 

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 TermJanuary / 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/ otherLAC/ 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 TermJanuary / ISPSpring Term
Year 3Advanced GermanISP #1 (off campus) language immersionAdvanced German
Modern German HistoryGerman Literature/Culture (in English)
German Literature/CultureGerman 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