German

Program Overview

Majoring in a foreign language such as German allows students to pursue careers careers in business, management, law, government, teaching, translation, publishing, communications, and travel.  

A major or minor in German offers students the opportunity to receive a practical grounding in the German language and culture through a challenging curriculum which may include study abroad. In addition, our language, literature, film and culture courses prepare students to understand cultural diversity abroad and at home, to appreciate their own language and culture, and to gain global awareness. An individual fluent in another language acquires insight into the world in which we live. Advanced foreign language skills, combined with an international perspective and intercultural expertise, position our students for productive careers in the global and multicultural marketplaces of the 21st century. Faculty engagement in research and teaching excellence combines with our unique "accent on the individual" through advisement and co-curricular opportunities to create a challenging yet supportive atmosphere in which students can realize their potential.

A major or minor in German will also complement many degree programs in business, education, music and the liberal arts.

Students majoring in German have access to a state-of-the-art Foreign Language Media Center with 25 computer work stations with Internet access for self-paced work and classroom instruction including interactive audio, video and text-based materials. 

Curriculum Overview

Classes in the German major include introduction to German literature, German composition and conversation, German for Business, German culture and modern German drama and conversation. Students also study literature and culture and liberal arts. Some requirements may be met by studying abroad. 

Students may also major in French or Spanish or minor in Chinese, French, Italian and Spanish.

Note: Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in courses required for the major or minor in the department. If a student receives a grade lower than “C” in a required course, the student must meet with his/her academic advisor to discuss the appropriate action that must be taken to remedy the situation.

Honors Program in Languages, Literatures and Cultures

The department faculty will identify prospective honors students at the earliest possible moment and offer them challenges and encouragement to develop to their highest potential. A student who has a 3.25 cumulative average and a 3.5 average in the major may be invited by the department, upon recommendation of a faculty member, to become a candidate for the honors program. Students should submit to the chairperson of the department, early in their sixth semester (March 15 or October 15), an Independent Research and Study (490) project form signed by a faculty sponsor.

Applicants enroll in the 490 appropriate for their language in their seventh or eighth semester, and they are expected to develop their thesis or capstone project proposal and begin working on it over the prior summer. A substantive research project should be presented no later than April 15 or November 15 before a committee made up of the thesis advisor and other appropriate faculty members. Honors in languages, literatures and cultures are granted upon the successful completion and defense of the thesis or capstone project and the recommendation of the faculty of the particular language.

Students who are education majors and complete their teaching practicum in their final semester should plan to complete the thesis/capstone project in their seventh semester. Non-education students may complete it in the final semester of the senior year.

Degree Offered

  • B.A. in German 

Contact

Daria Cohen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chairperson 
Fine Arts 383
609-895-5556 
dcohen@rider.edu

Program Website: German
Associated Department: Department of Languages, Literatures and Culture

Related Programs

German Major Requirements

(24 credits beyond German IV and 12 credits in collateral liberal arts courses)

Core Requirements42-43
See LAS Core Page
Select eight of the following:24
Composition & Conversation
German for Business
Intro to German Literature
German Literature and Film
German Culture
German Lit & Film in Eng Trans
Self/Society in Short Fiction
Modern German Drama
Independent Research and Study
Special Studies
Liberal Arts
Select one option:12
Option I
Select two of the following:
Masterworks of Western Lit I
Masterworks of Western Lit II
Two additional courses in another foreign language.
Option II
Masterworks of Western Lit I
Masterworks of Western Lit II
Three additional courses in another foreign language.
Total Credits78-79

Some of the requirements for the major may be met by Study Abroad, by agreement with the department. Credit toward the major may be granted for German III and IV if the student has begun study with German I and II.

All majors must take at least one German course per semester in the senior year.

German Minor Requirements

(18 credits)

GER 200
GER 201
German III
and German IV 1
6
Four German courses at the 300-level or above12
Composition & Conversation
German for Business
Intro to German Literature
German Literature and Film
German Culture
Self/Society in Short Fiction
Modern German Drama
Independent Research and Study
Internshp in Foreign Languages
Special Studies
Total Credits18
1

Two advanced language or literature courses will be substituted upon demonstrated proficiency.

Some of the requirements for the minor may be met by Study Abroad by agreement with the department. Students must enroll in at least one upper-level course upon completion of a Study Abroad program.

The following educational plan is provided as a sample only.  Rider students who do not declare a major during their freshman year; who change their major; or those who transfer to Rider may follow a different plan to ensure a timely graduation.  Each student, with guidance from his or her academic advisor, will develop a personalized educational plan.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
GER 200 German III 3
CMP 120 Expository Writing 3
Social Sciences (1 of 2) 3
MTH 102 Finite Mathematics 3
HIS 150 World History to 1500 3
NCT 010 Freshman Seminar 0
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
GER 201 German IV 3
Social Sciences (2 of 2) 3
CMP 125 Research Writing 3
HIS 151 World History Since 1500 3
Natural/Physical Science Core (1 of 2) 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall Semester
300 or 400 Level German Course (1 of 7) 3
LIT 250 Masterworks of Western Lit I 3
Beginning Language 1 3
French I  
Italian I  
Chinese I  
Spanish I  
Fine Arts Core 3
Natural/Physical Science Core (2 of 2) 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
300 or 400 Level German Course (2 of 7) 3
300 or 400 Level German Course (3 of 7) 3
Beginning Language 2 3
French II  
Italian II  
Chinese II  
Spanish II  
LIT 251 Masterworks of Western Lit II 3
Philosophy Core (Any Philosophy course or AMS 227) 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall Semester
300 or 400 Level German Course (4 of 7) 3
GER 305 Intro to German Literature 3
Intermediate Language 1 3
French III  
Italian III  
Chinese III  
Spanish III  
Elective Course Credits 6
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
300 or 400 Level German Course (5 of 7) 3
Intermediate Language 2 3
Chinese IV  
French IV  
Italian IV  
Spanish IV  
Elective Course Credits 9
 Semester Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall Semester
300 or 400 Level German Course (6 of 7) 3
Elective Course Credits 12
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
GER 490 Independent Research and Study 3
Elective Course Credits 12
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours for Graduation120

Courses and Descriptions

GER 100 German I 3 Credits

An introduction to German stressing the spoken language and the fundamentals of grammar. Students are required to work extensively with audio CDs.

Prerequisite(s): placement test if German has been studied elsewhere.

GER 101 German II 3 Credits

A continuation of German 100. Communication skills are broadened, fundamental grammar is studied, and a useful basic vocabulary is acquired. Students are required to work extensively with audio CDs.

Prerequisite(s): GER 100 or placement test.

GER 200 German III 3 Credits

Intensive review of German grammar and syntax with a systematic approach to oral expression and composition. Readings on contemporary German life and selections from modern literature.

Prerequisite(s): GER 101 or placement test.

GER 201 German IV 3 Credits

Continuation of grammar review and readings. Special emphasis on oral expression and composition of increasing sophistication, proceeding from concrete observations to theoretical and abstract discussion.

Prerequisite(s): GER 200 or placement test.

GER 300 Composition & Conversation 3 Credits

Practice in German communication skills through developing oral and written expression, comprehension and vocabulary.

Prerequisite(s): GER 201, placement test at 300-level or above, or GER 300 or above. Exceptions may be made for Study Abroad or native/heritage speakers with permission of chairperson.

GER 301 German for Business 3 Credits

Basic fundamentals for applying the German language to business operations and correspondence. Emphasizes German business terminology as contained in business- related journal articles, letters, and documents.

Prerequisite(s): GER 201, placement test at 300-level or above, or GER 300 or above. Exceptions may be made for Study Abroad or native/heritage speakers with permission of chairperson.

GER 305 Intro to German Literature 3 Credits

An introduction to works selected from the most important periods of German literature from the Hildebrandslied to the pre-classical period. Primary focus on close reading of complete works by Lessing and Goethe. Required for majors.

Prerequisite(s): GER 201, placement test at 300-level or above, or GER 300 or above. Exceptions may be made for Study Abroad or native/heritage speakers with permission of chairperson.

GER 307 German Literature and Film 3 Credits

Focus on major works of 19th-and 20th-century German literature and their film adaptations. Readings include works by Büchner, Kafka, Mann, Brecht, Böll and Dürrenmatt. Films by Herzog, Welles, Visconti, Schlöndorff, and others.

Prerequisite(s): GER 201, placement test at 300-level or above, or GER 300 or above. Exceptions may be made for Study Abroad or native/heritage speakers with permission of chairperson.

GER 310 German Culture 3 Credits

Introduction to the contemporary cultures of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Selected readings from contemporary German fiction, newspapers and monthly magazines (all in English), films, and music. No knowledge of German required.

GER 425 Self/Society in Short Fiction 3 Credits

Reading and discussion of short prose works of Hauptmann, Schnitzler, Kafka, Grass, Frisch, and others.

Prerequisite(s): GER 201, placement test at 300-level or above, or GER 300 or above. Exceptions may be made for Study Abroad or native/heritage speakers with permission of chairperson.

GER 430 Modern German Drama 3 Credits

Selected plays by major German, Austrian and Swiss playwrights of the 20th century are studied within a cultural and historical context.

Prerequisite(s): GER 201, placement test at 300-level or above, or GER 300 or above. Exceptions may be made for Study Abroad or native/heritage speakers with permission of chairperson.

GER 490 Independent Research and Study 1-4 Credits

Independent Research and Study allows juniors and seniors in good academic standing to investigate topics of interest under faculty supervision. Projects must be approved by the faculty member, department chairperson, and academic dean no later than the third week of the semester in which the project is to be conducted. Only one project can be scheduled in a semester, and for no more than four semester hours; up to 12 semester hours of independent research and study may be counted toward graduation. Note that individual departments may have additional restrictions.

GER 491 Internshp in Foreign Languages 1-4 Credits

A supervised work experience in an approved organization to gain knowledge of the importance and interrelationship of foreign languages and cultures in the workplace. Placements can be made in international governmental agencies, international trade associations, multinational corporations, social service agencies, and other appropriate workplace environments both in the United States and abroad. With permission of the supervisor and faculty advisor, a three-credit internship may be substituted for a collateral requirement as credit toward the major.

Prerequisite(s): students should have completed at least one 300-level course in the foreign language.

GER 496 Special Studies 3 Credits

A seminar emphasizing a particular literary genre or the work of one author. Possible topics might be: Goethe’s Faust, lyric poetry, the novella, romanticism, women writers, or other authors, periods, or genres in German literature.

Prerequisite(s): GER 201, placement test at 300-level or above, or GER 300 or above. Exceptions may be made for Study Abroad or native/heritage speakers with permission of chairperson.