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GE 101 German for Global Citizens I (4)
Students learn basic sentence structures and vocabulary in another language and are introduced to the cultures of the people who speak German. They also acquire the language skills and cultural knowledge to travel on their own to the countries where German is spoken.

GE 102 German for Global Citizens II (4)
The course is designed for students who have taken 101 or have had some language instruction in high school, building upon what they have already learned. Students learn basic sentence structures and vocabulary in German and are introduced to the cultures of the people who German. They also acquire the language skills and cultural knowledge to travel on their own to the countries where German is spoken. Prerequisite: GE 101 or equivalent or consent of instructor

GE 105, 205, 305 Reading in German (1, 1, 1)
Selected reading for summer study.

GE 203 German for the Professions (4)
Students review the fundamentals of German and become acquainted with basic vocabulary related to an array of professions. Students become familiar with the role German and cultural knowledge play in these professions. Prerequisite: GE 102 or equivalent or consent of instructor.

WL 210 Languages and Their Place in the World (4)
This core course will explore the essential role played by language in the liberal arts and in the professional world. In addition students will examine the complex, often undefined relationship between language and culture, as well as strategies for learning the components of speaking, listening, writing, and reading in a foreign language. We will investigate a variety of topics which are drawn from the fields of sociolinguistics, literary and cultural studies etc. The course will begin with a general overview of what constitutes language. We will examine the different proposed hypotheses which attempt to account for the nature of the relationship between language and culture. The remainder of the course will cover a variety of topics which explore language in its
social context. Some questions that we will consider include: How is language used to create and maintain social institutions and rituals? How do we use language to create different personae? How is language used by people of different genders, ethnicities, and social classes? How are social and linguistic roles acquired by children? When taken for a major or minor in French, German, Japanese, or Spanish, WL 210 is typically taken during the same semester a student is enrolled in a FR, GE, JP, or SP course. Open to all students; no specific language prerequisite.

GE 300 Business in Germany and the European Union (4)
An introduction to German business vocabulary, forms, economic matters and career possibilities. Comprehension and communication in many common business situations. (Also offered in English as IS 250.)

GE 301 German Cinema (4)
This course explores German society and culture through the medium of film. The course discusses historical and contemporary issues raised in classic and contemporary German cinema and how film functions as a medium for as entertainment, education and political action. (Also offered in English as IS 232.)

GE 302 Issues in Modern Germany (4)
An introduction to contemporary issues in German society and culture, embracing politics, the arts, international relations, the media and economics. (Also offered in English as IN 254.)

GE 319 Advanced Grammar (4)
Advanced study of German grammar and syntax. Offered on demand.

GE 461, 462 Independent Study in German (1 - 4)
For advanced students who wish to do supervised reading in some aspect of German culture. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Offered on demand.

GE 463, 464 Internship in German (1 - 4)
Practical experience in professional employment settings or in service learning settings either locally or abroad. Placements may be available through the department, or may be arranged by students in consultation with the department. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 hours.

GE 465, 466 Independent Research in German (1 - 4)
An extensive and directed individual research project on a German topic arranged with an instructor. The project requires a final paper written in German and a public presentation in English to which the entire Illinois College Community is invited. The number of credits is determined by the extent of the project. A student may only use this course number for a maximum of two semesters in order to complete the project. A student can earn no more than 5 total credits for the research project. If a student divides the research between two semesters, a grade for both semesters will be assigned when the project is completed. Students may sign up for credit to do the research during the semester that they are abroad, if they are not already being given academic credit for the research by the institution in the country where they are studying. If they are receiving academic credit from the institution abroad for the research, they may continue to work on the project upon their return, and they may receive up to 5 total credits for the project (credits from abroad plus credits here at IC). Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

GE 267, 367, 467 Research Add-On Course in German (1, 1, 1)
Students enrolled in a course outside the Center for Global Studies that involves a major research project may earn credit for conducting research in German. The research should be related to a major paper and/or presentation in the other discipline. A student who wishes to conduct research for a project in another field using German language sources will submit a credit request to both the professor of the research related course and to the Chair of the Center for Global Studies. The course level will be determined upon consultation with the language supervisor and the Chair of the Center for Global Studies.