Germany has the largest economy in Europe, and the fourth largest worldwide. Historically Germany has been called “Das Land der Dichter und Denker”, the land of poets and thinkers. These include Goethe, the Brothers Grimm, Thomas Mann, Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and others. Germans have also left their mark in science and technology: Gutenberg’s printing press, Hertz’ discovery of electromagnetic waves, Ehrlich’s development of chemotherapy, Einstein’s theory of relativity, and Brandenburg’s creation of the MP3 digital music format are among the many German innovations.
German belongs to the West Germanic group of the Indo-European language family. Many words are derived from Latin and Greek, and fewer from French and English. German is written using the Latin alphabet. In addition to the 26 standard letters, German has three vowels with Umlauts (Ä/ä, Ö/ö, and Ü/ü) and the letter ß (a special kind of “s(s)”, called “Eszett” or “scharfes Es”. German is an inflected language with four cases for nouns, pronouns, and adjectives (nominative, accusative, genitive, dative), three genders (masculine, feminine, neuter), and strong and weak verbs. In German language the easy way to pronounce the words is to sound every letter.
The German Language Program at CLIC offers a two-year academic program of studies focused on the development of interactional competence and intercultural knowledge. The courses offered through CLIC guide students to understand the German-speaking culture and society through our focus on language awareness and critical language analysis.
300 and 400 level classes in German are offered in the Department of Classical and European Studies.
German 263 and 264 are required for the major in German Studies. German is one of the options that fulfills the language requirements for the Linguistics major offered by the Rice Linguistics Department.