320 Milbank Hall
Department Administrative Assistant: Tomara Aldrich
Chair: Erk Grimm (Associate Professor)
Other officers of the University offering courses listed below:
Professors: Andreas Huyssen, Mark Anderson, Dorothea von Mucke, Harro Muller
Associate Professor: Stefan Andriopoulos
Assistant Professor: Tobias Wilke
Senior Associate: Irene Motyl (Language Coordinator)
Senior Lecturer: Richard Korb (Language Coordinator)
Lecturer: Jutta Schmiers-Heller
Adjunct Lecturer: Miranda Emre
The German Department’s mission is to engage a wider audience of students within the Barnard Community. Its curricular program and cultural events serve a large and diverse academic community on the Barnard and Columbia campuses. The Department is committed to creating venues for students, faculty and the public interested in the many facets of cultural life in the German-speaking countries or communities.
As an active contributor to campus life, the Department has constantly initiated new venues—from readings, lectures and film screenings to excursions—to supplement and enrich its annual course offerings. In disciplines such as Art History, Philosophy or History, a familiarity with the German language is an asset; in interdisciplinary areas such as Comparative Literature or European Studies, German often serves as the main or second language of study.
It is the goal of our department:
Courses in German are designed to develop proficiency in language skills and to present the traditions as well as the current developments in the literature and culture of the German-speaking countries: Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. Courses in Dutch, Finnish, Swedish, and Yiddish are offered by the Department of Germanic Languages. For information contact 319 Hamilton Hall.
Students who graduate with a German major should be able to attain the following outcomes:
The language requirement in German is fulfilled by the completion of GERM V 1202 Intermediate Course II. Entering students with a previous knowledge of German will be placed in the appropriate course on the basis of their CEEB scores or in accordance with their achievements on a placement test taken prior to registration.
Three levels of language instruction are offered with an equal emphasis on reading, writing, oral comprehension, and speaking. The Elementary Full-Year Course, German V 1101-V 1102, includes CD-ROMs that the students will use to supplement their five classroom contact hours. In the Intermediate Course I and II, German V 1201 and V 1202, students work with a broad range of sources, such as newspapers, journals, statistical data, historical texts, literature, etc. These texts help build a foundation in the culture of German speaking countries and at the same time enhance the complexity and accuracy of language use. The content is presented through a wide array of media, such as the Internet, music, film, and art. German V 3001 and V 3002 Advanced German provide opportunity for intensive practice in speaking and writing German. These courses may be taken in reverse sequence. They are recommended as complementary companion courses to lecture/reading-oriented courses.
Satisfactory completion of or exemption from GERM V 1202 is required for enrollment in any of the advanced courses; the sequences in which these should be taken will be determined in consultation with the department.