The department offers beginning and intermediate courses (GRMN 0100- GRMN 0400) where students learn to read, write and converse in German. Intensive Beginning German (GRMN 0110) allows the student to complete beginning German in one semester. GRMN 0450, taught only in Berlin for students entering the Berlin study abroad program, may replace GRMN 0400 in the sequence. After successfully completing GRMN 0400, students may elect coursework depending upon their interests. GRMN 0500 and GRMN 0600 are designed to integrate further intensive work on language skills with semester-long introductions to aspects of German culture.
GRMN 1090 and GRMN 1100 focus more exclusively on advanced language skills. There is no required sequencing among courses beginning with GRMN 0500, but it is strongly recommended that students take either GRMN 0500 or GRMN 1090 before either GRMN 0600 or GRMN 1100. Students must complete GRMN 0500 or get permission from the instructor to proceed to any course above GRMN 1100, which is taught in German. Naturally, courses taught in English are open to all.
First-year students with previous knowledge of German may take the placement test before classes begin in the Fall. Please contact the Center for Language Studies to register for the placement test. Other students should schedule an exam. Contact Jane_Sokolosky@brown.edu.