German Studies

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German Studies is a research-centered and student-friendly program with a challenging curriculum taught by internationally renowned faculty. The program covers the entire tradition of German culture, history, and politics within a European and global context, from early modern times to the present. Particular strengths of the department are in eighteenth- to twentieth-century literature and culture, media and film studies, modern intellectual history and political thought, and philosophy.

The close connection between research and teaching lies at the heart of the department’s curriculum and enables students to develop original contributions at an early stage. Beyond a detailed and historically grounded understanding of German and European culture, students gain intellectual and social qualities that are highly valued in a global knowledge society: logical reasoning, critical thinking, linguistic skills, and cultural competence. German Studies majors often receive Fulbright Grants and continue at some of the best graduate schools in the U.S. and Europe.

Students of German Studies often have double or triple majors, which gives them an extra advantage over many of their peers and makes them particularly attractive to global employers and the top graduate schools.

German Studies provides study abroad options in Leipzig and Berlin, including an eight-weeks intensive summer language program offered by interDaF at the renowned Herder Institute at the University of Leipzig.

All students who arrive at Rice with AP credit in German of 4 or 5, or who have passed the International Baccalaureate with a 6 or a 7 in this language, can immediately enroll in all courses at the 300 or 400 levels in the program in question without taking a placement exam. Otherwise, all students are required to take the placement exam administered by the CLIC and will be assigned to courses in accordance with their proficiency levels.