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Mission

We are dedicated to working with our students to prepare them for becoming independent life-long learners and active participants in today's world. 

Our small, interactive, project-oriented courses encourage students to develop their analytical and critical thinking skills, their transcultural competence, and their interpersonal and communicative skills. As they work with authentic materials from German speaking countries they gain linguistic competence and deepen their awareness of their own and other cultures. Interdisciplinary approaches allow the students to engage in intellectually challenging group and individual projects and lead to high levels of language competence as articulated in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The adaptation of this Framework to our German Studies curriculum equips our students to succeed as global citizens.

Sprachprogramm - The Language Program

Students wishing to begin German at Cornell enroll in GERST 1210-1220. Those successfully completing this sequence or those who place into the 2000-level, may pursue further language study in that department or begin with the literature and cultural studies tracks in German Studies.

The beginning sequence of 2000-level courses in German Studies, with readings and discussion in German, is designed to provide further grounding in the language as well as introduce German literature (GERST 2000-2020).
More advanced courses introduce majors and other qualified students to a broad variety of literary and cultural topics in German-speaking countries.

LANGUAGE COURSE SEQUENCE:



IF YOU ALREADY KNOW GERMAN:

  • Students with an AP score of 4 or better may be granted three credits in German.

  • Students with an AP score of 4 or better, an LPG score of 65 or higher, or a SAT II score of 690 or higher must take the CASE examination for placement in courses above GERST 2000.

  • Students coming to Cornell with advanced standing in German and/or another subject are encouraged to consider a double major and to discuss the options with Gunhild Lischke, the acting director of undergraduate studies, as early as possible.

GERMAN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT EXAMS:

  • The Department of German Studies offers Placement and CASE Exams twice a year.  
  • For the most current information regarding Placement and CASE Exams, CLICK HERE
  • Otherwise, please contact Gunhild Lischke, gl15@cornell.edu, if you have any questions, or if you are unable to attend either of the scheduled exams.

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The Cornell University German Studies Undergraduate Program is unique in adapting the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) to reflect the needs and qualities of Cornell students. Accordingly, curriculum development integrates research in second language acquisition and cognitive learning theories into a well-articulated sequence of language study.  This allows for setting clear standards to be attained at each level of instruction while accommodating varying learner styles and encouraging student autonomy. Our re-conceptualized program enables the students to attain high levels of language competence and equips them for becoming successful participants in the transnational community.

LEVEL I:

  • GERST 1210 - EXPLORING GERMAN CONTEXTS I
    • Students develop their skills of basic language use at the A1/A2 CEF level.
  • GERST 1220 - EXPLORING GERMAN CONTEXTS II
    • Students develop their skills of basic language use at the A2/B1 CEF level. After completion of 1220, students will be placement into GERST 1230 or 2000.
  • GERST 1230 - EXPANDING THE GERMAN DOSSIER
    • Students develop their skills of independent language use at the lower B1 CEF level.

LEVEL II:

  • GERST 2000 - GERMANY: INTERCULTURAL CONTEXT
    • Students develop their skills of independent language use at the B1 CEF level.
  • GERST 2020 - LITERARY CONTEXTS AND TEXTS
    • Students develop their skills of indepenent language use at the lower B2 CEF level.
  • GERST 2040 - WORKING WITH TEXTS
    • Students develop their skills of indepenent language use at the lower B2 CEF level.
  • GERST 2060 - GERMAN IN BUSINESS CULTURE
    • Students develop their skills of indepenent language use at the B2 CEF level.

LEVEL III:

Students develop their skills of independent/proficient language use at the B2/C1 CEF level.

  • GERST 3010 - SCENES OF THE CRIME: GERMAN MYSTERY AND DETECTIVE FICTION
  • GERST 3080 - GERMAN LIFE STYLE 2.0

LEVEL III - CONTENT FOCUSED:

  • GERST 3250 - THE AGE OF GOETHE
  • GERST 3270 - TOO MUCH TO SEE: GERMAN LITERARY AND VISUAL CULTURES, 1900-1933

For courses beyond Level III (3500) and/or courses taught in English please go to our main course listings page.

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