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Collection Development Policy Statement: German Studies

Levels of Collecting Intensity

NOTE: These conspectus levels are based on previous bibliographers' work but also reflect current collections and emphases as of 2015.

Austria

CALL NUMBER RANGE SUBJECT CONSPECTUS LEVEL
DB 51-59 Early to 1521 2
DB 60-90 17th to 19th centuries 3a
DB 91-99 20th century 3a
DB 101-170 Regional 2
DB 601-860 Local History 2
DB 881-898 Lichtenstein 1
BL-BX History of Religion 2
CD Diplomatics archives 2
CS Genealogy 1
HB Population, demography 2
HC-HD Economic History 3a
HN-HV Social History 3a
HX Socialism, Communism 2
JN Constitutional History 2
LA History of Education 1

Germany

CALL NUMBER RANGE SUBJECT CONSPECTUS LEVEL
DD 121-124 Early to 481 2
DD 125-174 Medieval to 1519 2a
DD 175-189 Reformation 3a
DD 190-196 1648-1789 2a
DD 197-209 1789-1850 3a
DD 210-231 1850-1918 3b
DD 232-256 Weimar, Hitler period 4
DD 257-260 Post 1945 3b
DD 261-289 DDR 3a
DD 301-901 Local History 2 (changed from 3b)
BL-BX History of Religion 3a
CD Diplomatics, archives 2
CS Genealogy 1
HB Population, demography 2
HC-HD Economic History 3a
HN-HV Social History 3a
HX Socialism, Communism 3a
JN Constitutional History 3a
LA History of Education 2



Switzerland

CALL NUMBER RANGE SUBJECT CONSPECTUS LEVEL
DQ 78-110 Early and Medieval 2
DQ 111-123 16th through 18th centuries 2
DQ 124-207 19th and 20th centuries 3a
DQ 301-851 Local history 2
BL-BX History of Religion 2
CD Diplomatics, archives 2
CS Genealogy 1
HB Population, demography 2
HC-HD Economic History 3a
HN-HV Social History 3a
HX Socialism, Communism 2
JN Constitutional History 2
LA History of Education 2

APPENDIX 1: The German Studies Program

[NOTE: Helga Rom, a student in the program, wrote this description in the mid-2000s.] The German Studies program at Michigan State University is an integrated program that maintains a commitment to textual criticism and linguistic analysis, while drawing on insights from other disciplines within the humanities and the social sciences. Language, literature, and other cultural expressions are practices that are explored in their social and historical contexts. Culture is studied as a dynamic process, through which people negotiate social and cultural values, either affirming or contesting prevailing norms. Many of the courses offered by the German Department address issues of cultural identity (e.g., nationality, class, race, and gender) in either contemporary or historical settings. The undergraduate curriculum in German focuses on language, literature and culture. The formal instruction lets students explore a variety of humanistic topics, such as how political change is reflected in literature, the role of minority voices in German culture, and the individual's search for self-realization. The program emphasizes both language communication skills and an overview of the contemporary German scene. The graduate program has a special focus on integrated approaches to the study of language and culture. It includes training in language pedagogy, technology-based instruction, and the opportunity to work on advanced language skills.

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