The terms indicated are expected but are not guaranteed. For the courses offered during any given term, consult the Schedule of Classes.

GERM 020x Course in Reading German (2)

For graduate students who wish help in meeting the German reading requirement for the Ph.D. degree. Emphasis on development of reading skills. Not available for degree credit. Graded CR/NC.

GERM 101 German I (4)

Introduction to modern German. Oral practice, listening and reading comprehension. Basic structures necessary for simple spoken and written expression.

GERM 102 German II (4)

Continuation of German I. Introduction to German culture.

Prerequisite: GERM 101.

GERM 201 German III, Conversation and Composition (4)

Intermediate German. Increasing emphasis on listening and speaking skills and a review of basic structuresof German. Discussion of cultural aspects.

Prerequisite: GERM 102.

GERM 221 Conversational German IV (4)

Conversational German in a variety of topical settings and vocabulary domains.

Prerequisite:GERM 201.

GERM 310 Business German I (4, Sp)

Introduction to German business language structure including correspondence and oral communication. In German.

Prerequisite:GERM 201.

GERM 311 Business German II (4, Fa)

Continuation of GERM 310. Terminology and style of commercial and legal texts, analyzed and applied in oral and written work. In German.

Prerequisite: GERM 201.

GERM 320 Composition and Conversation on Contemporary Affairs (4)

Practice in oral and written German, emphasizing contemporary cultural and social developments in the German-speaking countries of Europe. In German.

Prerequisite: GERM 221.

GERM 325 Composition and Conversation in Cultural History (4)

Practice in oral and written German, emphasizing the cultural history of the German-speaking countries of Europe. In German.

Prerequisite: GERM 221.

GERM 346 German Folklore and Popular  Culture (4)

Survey and analysis of folklore and cultural phenomena, including tales, legends, and myths; folk and popular music; beliefs and customs. In English.

GERM 352 Colloquium on Poetry (4)

Definition and analysis of lyric genre through a study of major poets, such as Goethe, Schiller, Heine, Rilke, and Hofmannsthal; poetic traditions from the 17th century to the present. In German.

GERM 353 Colloquium on Prose (4)

Study of German prose from the 18th century to the present; emphasis on narrative and thematic perspectives in relation to social change and on modernism since Kafka. In German.

GERM 360 20th Century German Prose: Texts and Films (4)

Aesthetic and historical analysis of major German 20th century novels, complemented by brief study of cinematic adaptation of each text. Texts in English; films with subtitles.

GERM 390 Special Problems (1-4)

Supervised, individual studies. No more than one registration permitted. Enrollment by petition only.

GERM 410 Profile of German Literature I (4) 

Survey of major trends in German literature within their historical and cultural contexts from the beginnings to the Baroque period. In German.

GERM 420 Profile of German Literature II (4)

Survey of major trends, figures, and authors in German literature and culture of the 18th and 19th centuries within the European context. In German.

GERM 470 Advanced Composition and Stylistics (4)

Development of competence in written expression; fundamentals of style in expository writing. In German.

GERM 499 Special Topics (2-4, max 8)

Intensive study of selected topics or regions.

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Schedule of Classes

  • Britta Bothe
  • University of Southern California
  • Taper Hall 353
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway #255
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-4353