German and German Studies Program
Welcome to the German Program at West Chester University!
Please see the page on graduate programs for information about our new
Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures in German!
Professors: Margarete Landwehr, Joseph W. Moser.
The German Program
We offer a major and minor option in our German program:
- The German language concentration is now part of the new Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Cultures. The German concentration consists of 10 courses in German, a second language requirement of 4 courses (through the 202 level), a course in linguistics and another course in a content area related to the major. You can consult the advising sheet for the German major here.
- The German language minor consists of 18 credits in the language. You can start your minor with GER 101 or higher, for a total of 6 courses, taken in consultation with the program advisor.
You can also complete the language requirements for another departmental major with our German courses, including 101-202 and/or culture clusters.. Man kann auch die folgenden Vorlesungen belegen.
For a complete list of courses, consult the official Course Catalog.
We offer the following courses every semester as well as in the summer:
- GER 101 & 102 (first year)
- GER 201 & 202 (second year).
We offer several German Culture Cluster courses in English (please note these do not count toward the major or minor in German):
- EGE 323: Austrian Civilization
- EGE 403: 20th Century German Masterpieces.
- EGE 404: Postwar German Literature and Film
- EGE 405: A Survey of German Film
- EGE 408: Masterpieces of Modern German Theater
- EGE 409: Impact of the Holocaust on Literature and Film
You can take the following courses in German during the fall or spring semesters, as scheduled:
- GER 303: Advanced German Grammar and Composition: A review of the grammatical and syntactical structures of the language with an emphasis on writing style.
- GER 307: Advanced Oral German: Intensive drill in the oral use of the language to develop proficiency in listening comprehension and speaking.
- GER 322: Austrian Civilization: Turn of the Century Vienna: An examination of the politics and society of the period as well as its contributions in the arts, psychology, literature, music and philosophy.
- New GER 325: Course topics include: an overview of the historical development of Germanic languages, including Dutch, English and Scandinavian languages and distinct dialects such as Swiss & Austrian dialects, Bavarian, and Yiddish; and the use of German in an international context, in literature, the youth culture, and in contemporary media.
- GER 350/351: German Civilization: An analysis of the major contributions of German civilization to Western culture in the areas of art, music, science, and literature from the Middle Ages to the present.
- GER 401: The Age of Goethe: Masterpieces of the Enlightenment, Sturm und Drang, and Classicism.
- GER 403: 20th Century German Masterpieces. An in-depth analysis of the works of Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Hermann Hesse, Gunter Grass, Heinrich Boell, Christa Wolf, Herta Mueller, and W.G. Sebald.
- GER 404: German Artists as Social Conscience: Postwar German Literature and Film: An examination of the political and social issues of postwar Germany through an analysis of literary and cinematic texts. Topics include: the Holocaust, Nazism, WWII, the Economic Miracle, terrorism, the feminist and peace movements, reunification.
- GER 405: A Survey of German Film: An analysis of German films from Expressionism to the present. Films are examined in terms of their political and social context and as works of art.
- GER 407: German Lyric Poetry: Modern German poetry.
- GER 408: Modern German Drama.
- GER 410 and GER 411 are advanced topics seminars.
- GER 413: Impact of the Holocaust on Literature and Film
And our new graduate courses in German:
- GER 501 Post-Wall German Literature and Film
- GER 505 Survey of German Film
- GER 508 Modern German Theater
- GER 500 20th century German culture
Study Abroad Options and Student Activities
We encourage our students to study abroad either during their Junior year or during the summer. The summer program available is in Vienna. Millersville University, which is part of the Pennsylvania State System, offers a Junior Year abroad program in Marburg, Germany. Financial assistance for study abroad is available on a competitive basis through several departmental awards.
You can consult the German Study Abroad page for more information.
German Club activities include group get-togethers in German with the German Club Advisor, Dr. Joseph Moser, and trips and other cultural activities.
Students can also obtain Pennsylvania K-12 teaching certification in German, in conjunction with the College of Education here at West Chester University. You can consult the Certification page for further information and requirements.
WILLKOMMEN ZUM DEUTSCHEN PROGRAMM DER UNIVERSITAET WEST CHESTER!