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William C. McDonald

Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Office location and address
New Cabell Hall, Room 229
1605 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Education
Ph.D. Ohio State
M.A., Wayne State University
B.E., Wayne State Universit
COLA 1500: College Advising Seminars
Credits: 1
COLA courses are 1-credit seminars capped at 18 first-year students, all of whom are assigned to the instructor as advisees. They are topically focused on an area identified by the faculty member; they also include a significant advising component centered on undergraduate issues (e.g., choosing a major, study abroad opportunities, undergraduate research, etc.). For detailed descriptions see http://college.as.virginia.edu/COLA
USEM 1580: University Seminar
Credits: 2–3
Consult the University Seminars web page at www.virginia.edu/provost/USEMS.html (copy and paste Web address into browser) for specific descriptions.
GERM 3230: Intermediate Composition and Conversation I
Credits: 3
Using mentor texts based on digital cultural programming, students focus on a range of topics of culture and civilization in the contemporary German-speaking world. Beyond cultural competence, the writing assignments test command of mature grammatical structures, contemporary language, advanced idioms, and punctuation. The goal, following Goethe Institute guidelines, is to write comprehensive texts on a range topics. Prerequisite: GERM 3000.
GERM 3240: Intermediate Composition and Conversation II
Credits: 3
Designed to expand and refine German writing skills, this course assumes mastery of the German language sufficient to write with progressive length and complexity. Using mentor texts based on digital cultural programming, the course focuses on contemporary issues related to the culture of German-speaking lands. The writing assignments test command of cultural competence, mature grammatical structures, advanced idioms, and punctuation. Prerequisite: GERM 3230 or Instructor Permission.
GETR 3464: Medieval Stories of Love and Adventure
Credits: 3
This course traces the lineage and shapes of the Arthurian legend as witnessed in medieval literature and modern adaptations, including film and television ("Games of Thrones," "Star Wars," etc.) The aim is familiarity with the story of King Arthur and his court, as well as an ability to appreciate the permutations of the legend in all forms of media.
GERM 3559: New Course in German
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of German.
GETR 3590: Course(s) in English
Credits: 3
Reading and discussion of German texts compared to texts from other literatures (all in English translation), with the aim of illuminating a central theoretical, historical, or social issue that transcends national boundaries. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at: http://www.virginia.edu/german/Undergraduate/Courses.
GERM 4450: Advanced Composition and Conversation
Credits: 3
This is the capstone course for German language skills. Using digital mentor texts, students focus on a contemporary issues in German-speaking lands, to compose writing assignments that test mature language structures (including idiomatic expressions) and specialized vocabularies. The goal, following Goethe Institute guidelines, is to attain the ability to write in context and in the appropriate stylistic register. Prerequisite: GERM 3240 or permission of instructor.
GERM 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: Approval by a supervising faculty member.
GERM 4998: Honors Research and Thesis
This is the first semester of the year-long DMP thesis. Students who enroll in it will only receive a grade when the complete its sequel, GERM 4999, at which point they will receive 6 credits. Prerequisite: Admission to the DMP, permission of undergraduate advisor and a supervising faculty member.
GERM 4999: Honors Research and Thesis
Credits: 6
This is the second semester of the year-long DMP thesis. Students should enroll in this course only if they have completed GERM 4998, and must enroll in GERM 4999 to receive credit for GERM 4998. Prerequisite: Admission to the DMP, permission of undergraduate advisor and a supervising faculty member; GERM 4998.
GERM 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
Credits: 1–12
Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
GERM 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
GERM 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
GERM 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.

EH Distinguished Teaching Professor, 2005-8
Learning Assessment Grant, several times
Sesquicentennial Associate
Editor of the academic periodical Fifteenth-Century Studies; Editorial Board for Tristanis