Hindi (हिंदी) is the official language of the Union government of India, the country with the second largest population in the world. Outside of Asia, Hindi is also an official language in Fiji. It is the fourth most spoken language in the world, with more than a billion speakers all over the world. It is also identified as one of the critical languages by the United States government.
Hindi, also known as Khadi Boli, belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European language family. It is mainly written in Devanagari script, also called Nagari. Formal Standard Hindi draws much of its academic vocabulary from Sanskrit, but the Standard Hindi has loans words from many other sources like Indo-Aryan, Persian, Arabic, Portuguese and English.
The Hindi Language Program at CLIC offers a two-year academic program of studies focused on the development of bilingual interactional competence and intercultural knowledge. The courses offered through CLIC guide students to understand the Hindi-speaking culture and society through our focus on language awareness and critical language analysis. The Hindi program at Rice CLIC is designed to teach Modern Standard Hindi.
Hindi is one of the options that fulfills the language requirements for the Asian Studies major offered by the Chao Center for Asian Studies and for the Linguistics major offered by the Rice Linguistics Department.