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Courses

The courses below are offered by the German, Russian and East European Studies department. Courses in other departments may also count toward the majors or minors in our program. For a full list of eligible courses, please see the Vanderbilt undergraduate catalog or YES (enrolled students only).

German Studies

GER 1101: Beginning German I. Students develop basic German language skills in an authentic cultural context.  Emphasis on oral communication, basic grammar, and reading short texts from a variety of media. 

GER 1102: Elementary German II. Students continue to acquire the fundamentals of German with emphasis on communicative competence, basic grammar, interaction with authentic media on topics such as travel, education, health, entertainment, and Germany’s role in the European Union.   

GER 2201: Intermediate German I. Students develop intermediate German linguistic and cultural proficiency. Emphasis on communicative skills, reading short texts, writing essays, grammar review.  Topics include German history, culture, film, and current events.   

GER 2202: Intermediate German II. Students continue to develop intermediate German linguistic and cultural proficiency. Emphasis on communicative skills, reading short texts, writing essays, grammar review.  Topics include geography, literature, and current events.   

GER 3201: Advanced German. Germany Today. German culture, politics, social issues. News media and current events. Development of advanced written and oral communication skills. Prerequisite: 2202. [3] (INT) 

GER 3202W: Advanced German Reading, Writing, and Analysis. Subtleties of style. Different vocabularies of textual and cultural criticism. Analysis of wide range of text genres and cultural materials. Prerequisite: 2202. [3] (INT) 

GER 2440: History of German Thought 

or GER 2441: Great German Works in Translation 

or GER 2443: History of German Cinema 

The content of many of these courses varies by semester. For a sample of past and current topics, see the sample course page.

GER 2444: German Fairy Tales. From Brothers Grimm to Walt Disney. The German fairy tale tradition and its role in American culture. Taught in English. [3] (INT)  

GER 2570: The Holocaust. The history of the Holocaust: its origins, development, and its legacy in the context of Germany and European history. [3] (INT)  

GER 2581: Nineteenth-Century Philosophy. A study of selected themes and writings from nineteenth-century European philosophers. [3] (INT)  

GER 2585: Critical Theory. The Frankfurt School; mass culture, ideology, and modernism in the arts; the disenchantment of reason; alienation and fascism; the prospects for experience and political critique. Readings include Adorno, Horkheimer, Marcuse, Benjamin, and Habermas. [3] (HCA)  

GER 2745: Radical Art. The Avant-Garde Revolution. Introduction to experimental art-both verbal and visual-in the 1910s-1930s. Movements studied: Cubism, Futurism, Dadaism, Suprematism, Constructivism, and Surrealism through the avant-garde’s engagement with various genres and media. [3] (INT) 

GER 2551 | 4551: Pre-18th Century Culture and Literature. German-speaking cultures and their literatures from 8th to the early 18th century. Taught in English (2551) or German (4551). [3] (INT)  

GER 2552 | 4552: 18th and 19th Century Culture and Literature. Literature, philosophy, art, and politics, 1750-1914, of German-speaking cultures. Taught in English (2552) or German (4552). [3] (INT)  

GER 2553 | 4553: 20th and 21st Century Culture and Literature. Literature, history, aesthetics, and politics in German-speaking cultures from Dada to the present. Taught in English (2553) or German (4553). [3] (INT)  

GER 2554 | 4554: Topics in Visual Culture and Media. Cinema, media arts, visual culture, and media history of German-speaking cultures from pre-digital to the digital age. Taught in English (2554) or German (4554). [3] (HCA)  

GER 2555 | 4555: Topics in German Studies. Seminal aspects of German literature, culture, and civilization through interdisciplinary focus. Taught in English (2555) or German (4555). [3] (INT)  

GER 2556 | 4556: Intellectual History. Major trends and figures from the Enlightenment to the contemporary age. Taught in English (2556) or German (4556). [3] (HCA)  

GER 2557 | 4557: Topics in Genre. Main genres of German literature and culture. Relationship between genres and the social, political, and cultural developments that lead to their formation and transformation. Taught in English (2556) or German (4556). [3] (HCA)  

Russian Studies

RUSS 1101 and 1102: First-Year Russian Language I and II. Learn the basics of one of the world’s most difficult and most important languages. A new alphabet, six cases, verbal aspect, and more! 

RUSS 2201 and 2202: Second-Year Russian Language I and II. Gain fluency, build vocabulary, and delve into the intricacies of Russian grammar. Push your language to the next level. 

RUSS 3303 and 3305: Advanced Grammar and Reading or Conversation and Composition. Prerequisite: 2202. [3] (INT) 

RUSS 3306: Advanced Russian Language through Culture and Literature. Literature, history, aesthetics, and politics in Russian-speaking cultures. Prerequisite: 2202. [3] (INT) 

RUSS 3307: Advanced Russian Language through Visual Culture and Media. Cinema, media arts, visual culture, and media history of Russian-speaking cultures from pre-digital to the digital age. Prerequisite: 2202. [3] (HCA)                  

RUSS 3308: Advanced Russian Language through Russian Society. Seminal aspects of Russian literature, culture, and civilization through interdisciplinary lenses. Prerequisite: 2202. [3] (P)   

RUSS 1500: Introduction to Russian and East European Studies. History and culture of Russia and East Europe, 1700-present. Political history, intellectual history, literature, and culture of region. Russia and East Europe in historical and geopolitical context. [3] (P) 

Literature

RUSS 1874: Russian Fairy Tales. [3] (INT) 

RUSS 1910W: 19th-Century Russian Literature. [3] (HCA) 

RUSS 1911W: 20th-Century Russian Literature. [3] (HCA) 

RUSS 2435: Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina and Other Masterpieces. [3] (INT) 

RUSS 2438: Tolstoy's War and Peace. [3] (INT) 

RUSS 2439: Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov. [3] (INT) 

RUSS 2460: Modern Yiddish Literature in Translation. [3] (INT) 

RUSS 2485: Russian Crime Fiction. [3] (INT) 

RUSS 2537: Vladimir Nabokov. [3] (INT) 

Art and Cinema

RUSS 2273W: Russian Science Fiction. [3] (INT) 

RUSS 2434: Russian Cinema. [3] (INT) 

RUSS 2745: Radical Art: The Avant-Garde Revolution [3] (INT) 

History and Politics

RUSS 2600: Women and Resistance in Russia. [3] (INT) 

RUSS 2800: Viewing Communism in Eastern Europe. [3] (INT) 

RUSS 2810: Revolutions and Post-Communisms in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, 1981-2010. [3] (P) 

RUSS 2910: Russia: Old Regime to Revolution. [3] (INT) 

RUSS 2915: Russia: The U.S.S.R. and Afterward.[3] (INT) 

Religious Studies

RUSS 2890: Russian Religious Imagination. [3] (INT)

Honors Courses

German Studies: GER 4999 Honors Research (Senior Honors Thesis). Open only to honors candidates.

Russian Studies: RUSS 4999 Honors Research (Senior Honors Thesis). Open only to honors candidates.