Why Study German at IU Southeast?

Germans take pride in their heritage of Dichter und Denker (poets and thinkers). For centuries the study of the German language has proven to be an excellent vehicle for fostering critical thinking, above all in the sciences of chemistry, medicine and physics. For students interested in pursuing graduate degrees, or in learning how to think critically, the German language is highly recommended. German also opens up a world of opportunities in business and international relations. Germany has the world’s 4th-largest economy (the biggest economy in Europe) and 50 of the world’s 500 largest corporations are headquartered in German-speaking countries including household names like Bayer, Daimler, Siemens, ThyssenKrupp, Nestlé and UBS Financial. German, with almost 98 million native speakers, is also Europe’s most common first language. Proficient German is a highly marketable skill for an international career.

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Closer to home, almost 48 million Americans (about 1 in every 6) claim German-speaking ancestry, making it the largest single national origin reported by the US Census Bureau. Mastery of the German language will enable you to connect with your past, as well as appreciate and benefit from the richness of the world created by German people. Their contribution to the world we live in is considerable. From Kant’s seminal insights into the works of the mind to Einstein’s theory of relativity, German scholarship illustrates creative thinking at its best. In the process of learning German, you will acquire the necessary skills to think critically when interacting with today’s world.

To introduce you to the German-speaking world, the German program at IU Southeast collaborates with the German faculty at IU South Bend to offer a broad range of courses in language, culture, literature and film. Beginner courses do not require any previous experience with foreign language and are offered every academic term. Intermediate courses, also offered every term, build on the skills acquired in beginner courses here or at other institutions with the goal of developing language skill and cultural sensitivity. Students with previous experience in German may test out of, and receive credit for, our beginner courses upon successful completion of intermediate courses. Our advanced course offerings include both in-person seminars and hybrid courses so that students have personal attention from our faculty as well as the flexibility of studying online.


See "General Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees at IU Southeast" and "General Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree."

Bachelor of Arts in German

  1. G 200, G 250
  2. Two 300-level courses each in language (G 275, G 310, or G 311), one course each in literature (G 305 or G 306), and culture studies (G 362 or G 363)
  3. Four 400-level courses in language, literature, or culture

Minor in German

Students must complete three courses at the 300 level: one each in language, literature and culture.

Proficient German is excellent preparation for graduate school and other advanced study, and the cultural acumen a German Studies student develops can greatly enhance careers in education, international relations, politics and social work. Most recently, IU Southeast German Studies graduates have gone on to law school, graduate school and careers in business. Many of the largest German companies are household names in the USA (such as Bosch, Stihl, Volkswagen, Birkenstock, T-Mobile, Aldi…). What might surprise you is how many German companies manufacture in the United States or have a corporate presence in our area. The following is a brief sample of German business connections in the Kentuckiana region:

  • DHL (Crittenden Dr., Louisville) is a logistics company headquartered in Bonn, Germany.
  • Siemens (Bluegrass Pkwy, Louisville) is a German-based multinational engineering and electronics firm headquartered in Munich, Germany.
  • BASF (Bank St., Louisville) is the world’s largest chemical company and is headquartered in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
  • Schott AG (Shepherdsville Rd, Louisville) is a manufacturer of high-quality glass products headquartered in Mainz, Germany.
  • ThyssenKrupp (Bluegrass Pkwy, Louisville) is a multinational conglomerate headquartered in Essen, Germany. The Louisville branch specializes in elevators.
  • Bilfinger Berger AG (headquartered in Mannheim, Germany) and Hochtief (headquartered in Essen, Germany) are two of the companies involved in Louisville’s East End bridge project.
  • Humana, a Louisville-based healthcare company, recently announced a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim, which is based in Ingelheim, Germany.

G100-G150 Elementary German I-II (4-4 cr.)
Introduction to present-day German and selected aspects of German culture. Survey of the language: structure and meaning. Introduction to German grammatical forms and their function. Development of listening comprehension, simple speaking proficiency, controlled reading and writing skills. Attendance in the language lab may be required.

G200 Oral Practice, Writing, and Reading I (3 cr.)
Further development of oral and written command of language structures. Reading of literary and nonliterary texts. Attendance in the language lab may be required.

G250 Oral Practice, Writing, and Reading II (3 cr.)
Review of selected grammatical items. Reading of modern German prose and plays with stress on discussion in German. Writing of descriptive and expository prose based on the reading material. Attendance in the language lab may be required.

G255 Masterpieces of German Literature in Translation (3 cr.)
Recommended for students with no knowledge of German or those in first- and second-year language courses who wish to gain early acquaintance with German literature. Emphasis on such writers as Kafka, Brecht, Hesse, Mann, Goethe, Schiller, and Lessing. Conducted in English. No credit given for German majors.

G275 Deutsch Mittelstufe I (3 cr.)
Intensive review of selected grammatical topics and continued practice of composition and conversation. Conducted in German.

G305 Introduction to German Literature: Types (3 cr.)
Study of literary genres (narrative, dramatic, lyric), with examples of each selected from two or more periods. Focus announced in Schedule of Classes.

G306 Introduction to German Literature: Themes (3 cr.)
Study of a single literary theme (such as music, generational conflict, love, revolution) as presented in two or more periods. Focus announced in Schedule of Classes.

G310 Deutsch Mittelstufe II (3 cr.)
Intensive review of selected grammatical topics with emphasis on expanding proficient composition. Readings from contemporary popular media and news sources. Conducted in German.

G311 Composition and Conversation (3 cr.)
Conversation, writing, and vocabulary building coordinated with readings of contemporary concerns, both nonfiction and fiction. Conducted in German.

G340 German Language and Society: Past and Present (3 cr.)
A study of differences between Neuhochdeutsch (Standard German) and historical German dialects, contemporary regional dialects and standard vernacular, urban and rural Volksmund (colloquial speech), as well as persistent colloquialisms that differ between the former East and West Germany.

G362 Introduction to Contemporary German Culture (3 cr.)
An overview of contemporary German civilization, with attention to the other German-speaking countries. Political, economic, and social organization as well as contemporary cultural expressions (literature, art, architecture and film). Conducted in German.

G363 Deutsche Kulturgeschichte (3 cr.)
A survey of the cultural history of German-speaking countries, with reference to social, economic, and political contexts. Lectures in German; discussions in German or English.

G403 Deutsche Literatur: Mittelalter bis Romantik (3 cr.)
Historical survey of major literary developments from the Middle Ages to romanticism.

G404 Deutsche Literatur seit der Romantik (3 cr.)
Historical survey of major literary developments from young Germany to recent writing in German-speaking Europe.

G415 Perspectives on German Literature (3 cr.)
Study of one aspect of German literature: formal, historical, political, psychological, etc. Relation to wider concerns in and outside of literature. Topic announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated once with different topic.

G416 Studies in German Authors (3 cr.)
Life and works of a major author or group of authors. Topic announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated once with different topic.

G418 German Film and Popular Culture (3 cr.)
Study of German film and/or other manifestations of German popular culture (television, music, cabaret, Trivialliteratur of the Twentieth Century).

G464 Kultur und Gesellschaft (3 cr.)
The interaction of social, intellectual, and artistic forces in German life of the past two centuries, with stress on important developments and figures. May be repeated once with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

V415 Individual Readings in German Studies (1-3 cr.)



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Michael D. Hutchins
Assistant Professor of German and International Studies
Phone: (812) 941-2230
Office Location: KV 110 L
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Jeffrey Luppes
Assistant Professor of German (IUSB)
Phone: (574) 520-4229
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Monica Krupinski
Adjunct Lecturer of German and Philosophy
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Ann Bladen
Adjunct Lecturer of German
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David Domine
Adjunct Lecturer of German
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Jordan Gabbard
Adjunct Lecturer of German
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Modern Languages faculty members pursue active research agendas that enhance our teaching in meaningful ways and connect IU Southeast to a wider scholarly community.

Dr. Hutchins

  • “Absicht der Irreführung: W.G. Sebalds Authentizitätsbegriff.” Erzählte Authentizität. Ed. Antonio Weixler and Matias Martinez. Berlin: DeGruyter, forthcoming.
  • (with Andrea Engels) “Foreign Language Instruction for Students with Learning Difficulties: Rethinking the Setting and Structure of Classes Using the Natural Approach” Modern Language Studies 35.2 (2005): 71-81.
Book Reviews
  • Der Turm by Uwe Tellkamp. Focus on German Studies 16 (2009): 170-73.
  • Frau Paula Trousseau by Christoph Hein. Focus on German Studies 15 (2008): 149-50.
Published Translations
  • Höffe, Otfried. “Ethics With and Without Metaphysics: The Examples of Aristotle and Kant.” Perfecting Virtue: New Essays on Kant’s Ethics and Virtue Ethics. Eds. Julian Wuerth and Lawrence Jost. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.
  • Crane, Cynthia. The Last Immigration. New York: St. Martins Press, forthcoming. [translated letters and archival documents for Dr. Crane]
Conference and Workshop Presentations
  • “Not Your Typical 68er: W.G. Sebald’s (Missing) Political Engagement” Focus on German Studies Graduate Student Conference (Cincinnati, Fall 2010)
  • “Welche Authentizität? W.G. Sebald und die betrügerische Wahrheit des Erzählens” Wuppertaler Graduiertenforum Narratologie ‘Erzählte Authentizität – Authentizität des Erzählens,’ Bergische Universität Wuppertal (Wuppertal, Summer 2010)
  • “W.G. Sebald und die Tradition des jüdischen Messianismus” Mittwochseminar, Deutsches Literaturarchiv (Marbach am Neckar, Spring 2010)
  • “‘Kant and Television—They Obviously Don’t Go Together’: Reflections on an Unpublished Manuscript in W.G. Sebald’s Literary Estate” Charles Phelps Taft Annual Symposium (Cincinnati, Spring 2010)
  • “‘Some People Never Change:’ Navigating the Border Between Protest and Terrorism in Hans Weingartner’s The Edukators (2004)” European Studies Conference(Cincinnati, Spring 2007)
  • “Der Mensch ist Herr der Gegensätze: Simultaneity, Paradox and Fleeting Utopia in Thomas Mann’s Der Zauberberg” Focus on German Studies Graduate Student Conference (Cincinnati, Fall 2006)
  • “Mastering a Difficult Past in Heinz Schirk’s Die Wannseekonferenz (1984)” European Studies Conference (Cincinnati, Spring 2005)
Works in progress
  • “Keine Thesenliteratur.” Uwe Tellkamp’s Aesthetic-Political Agenda in Der Eisvogel (2005), Der Turm (2008), and Die Uhr (2010). Submitted for publication.
  • Melancholia or Violence? W.G. Sebald and the Dangerous Promise of the Messiah. In progress.