JYM Courses


A typical schedule consists of a combination of JYM and LMU Munich courses. All students are required to enroll in Advanced German Language (JYG 3100/3200). All or part of the Advanced German Language requirement may be waived if the Resident Director deems a student's German language competence sufficiently high.

JYM area studies courses utilize Munich's prestigious cultural, educational and historical resources as an integral part of the curriculum whenever possible. Courses may include visits and/or assignments related to museums, archives, theatrical performances, or even travel beyond Munich.

Not all courses listed below may be offered in any one year of the program and new courses may be added as well. JYM reserves the right to require a minimum number of students to be enrolled in a JYM course before it will be offered. All JY courses are conducted in German. Courses marked "WiSe" are offered in the Wintersemester; "SoSe" in the Sommersemester.

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JYG 3100, 3200 Advanced German Language I, II Cr. 3
Required. Developed in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, German language proficiency-based instruction during the WiSe (JYG 3100) and SoSe (JYG 3200) focuses on increasing grammatical accuracy, expanding subject-specific vocabulary, and strengthening conversational skills. (WiSe, SoSe) How to prepare for JYM's Advanced German Language courses.

JYG 3110 Written Communication and Expression Cr. 3
This course focuses specifically on developing students’ writing skills. Emphasis is placed on strengthening accuracy, appropriateness and clarity of written expression in German as needed in both academic and non-academic environments. (WiSe)

JYG 4100 Introduction to the Study of German Literature Cr. 3
A foundation course for the study of German literature. Includes explanation of literary genres, periods and terminology, survey of German literary history, methods of literary analysis, and practice with strategies of literary interpretation. (WiSe)

JYG 4200 Contemporary German Culture Cr. 3
This course examines how the current cultural scene in Germany is both informed by and responds to post-war and post-unification histories and experiences.  Using examples from contemporary film, music, and popular culture media and magazines, topics explored include social, economic and political challenges since unification, multiculturalism, protection of the environment, German-American relations, and Germany’s place within the European Union.  (WiSe, SoSe)

JYG 4300 History of Art Cr. 3
The collections of Munich’s world-renowned museums, as well as famous architectural landmarks and buildings in and around Munich, provide the primary source material for studying the history of art from antiquity through the 20th century.  Methods and criteria of analysis contextualize exemplary works of German architecture, painting, sculpture, and decorative arts in relation to European artistic periods, styles and genres. Instruction takes place at JYM, in museums and on field trips. (WiSe, SoSe)

JYG 4400 German Drama and Theater Cr. 3
Study of the historical roots of European theater, the unique socio-critical and aesthetic dimensions of German drama since the 18th century, and methods used to analyze theatrical works provide the foundation for critically examining new interpretations of masterpieces of German drama, as well as works by contemporary German playwrights being performed on stage in Munich. Includes attending theater productions in Munich. (SoSe)

JYG 4500 Munich and National Socialism Cr. 3
This course explores the origins of National Socialism and the establishment of Munich as the administrative, symbolic and artistic center of the Nazi movement, explores everyday life in Munich under the Nazi dictatorship, antisemitism and the holocaust, persecution and resistance, de-nazification and coming to terms with the past. Includes visits to sites of historical significance in and around Munich, e.g. the Dachau concentration camp memorial, and Nürnberg (site of the 1934 Nazi Party rally and stage for Leni Riefenthal’s Triumph des Willens). (WiSe, SoSe)

JYG 4600 Goethe's Italian Journey Cr. 3
In September 1786 Johann Wolfgang Goethe embarked on what would become the most famous journey in the history of German literature. This course examines Goethe’s Italienische Reise from the conceptual vantage point of personal self-discovery that inspired the genre of Bildungsliteratur and the aspirations of Weimar Classicism, and provides students with a literary-historical context for their own sojourn abroad. (WiSe, SoSe)

JYG 4700 Munich Modernism Cr. 3
Between 1900 and 1950 Munich’s international artistic reputation rivaled that of other European centers of modernism. This course examines the writings of famous Munich authors (e.g. Thomas Mann, Anette Kolb, Lion Feuchtwanger, Alfred Andersch, Walter Kolbenhoff and others) from the Gründerzeit through the post-war U.S. occupation, and explores the social contexts and conditions of literary production during this period. Includes visits to literary places of historical significance and archives. (SoSe)

JYG 4800 Topics in German Studies Cr. 3
Announced at the beginning of the semester.  Past topics have included Masterpieces of German Literature, Theory of the Avant-Garde, Aesthetics, German Intellectual History, Prague 1900-1945, Germany and its East European Neighbors. (WiSe, SoSe)

JYG 4900 Undergraduate Research Project Cr. 3
Independent study or Undergraduate Research Project approved by the student's advisor, noted on the application form, and supervised by the Resident Director.

JYG 5890 Overseas Internship Cr. 3-6
Internship experience approved for credit in advance by the student's advisor.