German Courses

Courses in German (designated GERM) may be applied as appropriate (according to individual program requirements) toward

  • the general education requirements in the arts and humanities
  • an AA in General Studies with foreign language area studies curriculum
  • a certificate in foreign language area studies
  • electives

If you have prior experience in the German language—either through study or living abroad, informal learning from friends or family, or high school or other coursework that did not transfer to UMUC—you should take a placement exam before enrolling. You should also take a placement exam if you have oral proficiency in German and wish instruction in written German.

For further information, students should refer to Foreign Languages.

* On-site GERM courses available only in Europe

Elementary German I (3 Credits, GERM 111)

(Not open to native speakers of German: assumes no prior knowledge of German. Students with prior experience with the German language should take a placement test to assess appropriate level.) An introduction to the German language. The objective is to communicate in German in some concrete, real-life situations using culturally appropriate language. Aspects of German life and culture are explored through the German language. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GERM 101 or GERM 111.

Elementary German II (3 Credits, GERM 112)

(Not open to native speakers of German.) Prerequisite: GERM 111 or appropriate score on a placement test. A continued introduction to spoken and written German. The goal is to communicate in German in concrete, real-life situations relating to oneself and others. German culture and language are explored. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GERM 102 or GERM 112.

Intermediate German I (3 Credits, GERM 211)

Prerequisite: GERM 112 or appropriate score on placement test. Further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in German. The aim is to communicate in German in real-life situations and social contexts in culturally appropriate ways. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GERM 114, GERM 201, or GERM 211.

Intermediate German II (3 Credits, GERM 212)

Prerequisite: GERM 211 or appropriate score on placement test. Further development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in German. The objective is to interact effectively with German-speaking individuals in a variety of personal settings and on issues of topical interest in culturally appropriate ways. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GERM 115, GERM 202, or GERM 212.

German Society and Culture (3 Credits, GERM 333)

(Taught in English; no knowledge of German required.) A study of contemporary German society and German culture as embodied in its literary, artistic, and social traditions. The aim is to articulate the historical roots and key developments that shape contemporary German society, recognize and distinguish unique German influences and contributions, and use and interpret a variety of sources to illustrate and explain key aspects of German society and culture, past and present. Focus is on developing an understanding of German society and culture for practical and professional application using a variety of cultural texts, ranging from political manifestos to literature and art. Various historic and contemporary sources are examined for research and analysis. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: GERM 333 and GERM 334.