Lehigh University Modern Languages and Literature - Photo of GermanyGerman is the language with the largest number of native speakers in the European Union. It is also the second most commonly used scientific language in the world and the language of Einstein, Freud, Kafka, and Mozart. Germany has the third strongest economy and is the world’s largest export nation. Knowing German creates business opportunities and provides deeper insights into a region that plays a vital role in central Europe’s intellectual, cultural, and economic life.

At Lehigh we offer a major and a minor in German. Questions about the major or minor should be directed to Professor Vera Stegmann.

Requirements for the Minor in German (click on link to access minor declaration form)
16 credits above German 12 are required, including at least 1 course at the 300 level

Requirements for the Major in German (click on link to access major declaration form)
A minimum of 32 credits beyond German 12, of which 4 credits must be a junior year writing course in the German section or in another major. Emphasis should be upon 200 and 300 level courses.

Requirements for the Departmental Honors major
Requirements are the same as for the major, plus: 2 additional advanced courses at the 300 level; dissertation or comprehensive examination (written or oral); an average of 3.20 in courses in the major. 

Study Abroad 
Foreign study requires prior consultation of Advisor, Associate Dean, and Registrar, to make sure that course grades and credits earned are transferable to Lehigh. Where appropriate, Financial Aid should also be consulted. Program listings and scholarship application forms may be consulted in the MLL office. A maximum of 16 credits may be transferred toward the ordinary major and 24 credits toward the honors major for a year abroad, 12 credits for a semester.

Advanced Placement
Advanced placement and CEEB credits count towards graduation but NOT towards the major. Transfer students may transfer up to 12 credits towards the major.

Undergraduate Courses in German

Lehigh University Modern Languages and Literature - Neuschwanstein Castle in GermanyGERM 001. Elementary German I (4)
Fundamentals of German; reading and simple texts; simple conversation and composition; vocabulary building.
Three class hours plus one laboratory or drill hour each week. No previous German required. (HU)

GERM 002. Elementary German II (4)
Continuation of GERM 1, including reading of more advanced texts. Three class hours plus one laboratory or drill hour each week. Prerequisite: GERM 001 or equivalent. (HU)

GERM 011. Intermediate German I (4)
Review of grammar, composition, reading of intermediate texts, vocabulary building. Prerequisite: GERM 002, or four units of entrance German or consent of instructor. (HU)

GERM 012. Intermediate German II (4)
Continuation of GERM 011. Prerequisite: GERM 011 or consent of instructor; one hour of lab. (HU)

GERM 163. German Civilization and Culture (4)
Cultural, historical, and political evolution of Germany and German-speaking countries in Europe. Prerequisite: GERM 012 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. (HU)

GERM 167. German Conversation and Composition (4)
Intensive practice in spoken and written German. Prerequisite: GERM 012 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. (HU)

GERM 169. Business German (4)
German in business, the professions, international, and social relations. Letter writing, comprehension of technical texts, specialized vocabulary, and grammar review. Prerequisite: GERM 012 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. (HU)

GERM 181. German Cultural Program (1-8)
Summer program abroad. Formal instruction in the language and the culture of a German-speaking country. (HU)

GERM 211. [MLL 211; THTR 211] German Drama (4)
Drama as a literary genre; plays from various periods of German literature. (HU)

GERM 218. [MLL 218; THTR 218] Goethe’s “Faust” (4)
Study of Goethe’s play with an introduction to the Faust tradition and Faustian themes in modern literature. (HU)

GERM 231. [GCP 231; MLL 231] New German Cinema (4)
Viewing, discussion, and written analysis of selected German films. (HU)

GERM 240. Contemporary Germany (4)
Readings and conversations in German about topics including the social and natural sciences, technology, the environment, politics, daily life, and sports. Practice in spoken and written German. (HU)

GERM 250. German Special Topics (1-4)
Literary and linguistic topics not covered in regular courses. May be repeated for credit. (HU)

GERM 260. [MLL 260; GCP 260] Multicultural Germany (4)
A look at Germany from the perspective of its “others”--the immigrants. Literary and cultural texts, and films on ethnic diversity and integration. (HU)

GERM 267. Advanced German Conversation and Composition (4)
A continuation of Germ 167. Practice of speaking and writing skills in German through readings of more complex texts. (HU)

GERM 269. Advanced Professional German (4)
A continuation of Business German with an emphasis on specific economic issues affecting contemporary Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Preparation for the national exam “Certificate for the Professions” and the “International Business German Examination”. (HU)

GERM 281. German Cultural Program (1-8)
Study abroad. Formal instruction in German and direct contact with the people and the culture during at least one month in a German-speaking country. Prerequisites: consent of German study abroad adviser. (HU)

GERM 301. Survey of German Literature (4)
An overview of German literary traditions through the nineteenth century, focusing on the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, Baroque, Enlightenment, Classicism, Romanticism, Realism, and Naturalism. (HU)

GERM 303. [MLL 303] Grimms’ Fairy Tales: Folklore, Feminism, Film (4)
This intercultural history of the Grimms’ fairy tales investigates how folktale types and gender stereotypes developed and became models for children and adults. The course covers the literary fairy tale in Germany as well as Europe and America. Versions of “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Cinderella”, or “Sleeping Beauty” exist not only in the Grimms’ collection but in films and many forms of world literature. Modern authors have rewritten fairy tales in feminist ways, promoting social change. Taught in English. German language students may receive a German component. Stegmann (HU)

GERM 305. Modern German Literature (4)
Topics in German literature of the twentieth and twentyfirst century. (HU)

GERM 320. Berlin: Transformations of a Metropolis (4)
A literary and cultural history of Berlin from its foundation to the present. After a historical overview, we will focus on the modern period that covers the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, the divided city of the postwar era, the fall of the wall, and the continuing process of redefining Berlin’s identity as Germany’s old and new capital. (HU)

GERM 345. German Short Stories (4)
Readings of short prose texts in German. (HU)

GERM 350. German Special Topics (1-4)
Literary or linguistic topics not covered in regular courses. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (HU)

GERM 370. German Internship (1-8)
Designed to give advanced qualified students the chance to acquire field experience and training with selected firms and governmental agencies in German-speaking countries. Assigned readings, written reports, and employer performance evaluations are required. Prerequisite: GERM 167 or consent of the instructor. (HU)