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Foreign Language over the summer?

  1. May 24, 2010 #1
    I am a math major who is about to finish his junior year. I am still not so sure what I want to do over the summer (besides starting on my senior thesis project), and since there aren't that many summer courses that might be interesting for me to take, I was wondering if it would be good idea to take a foreign language course over the summer. I am planning to apply graduate schools in math next year, and I realized some knowledge of French, German, or Russian is required at most places. Over the summer, my school offers intensive first-year French or German sequences (no Russian though). If I don't restrict myself to what graduate schools might want, I can also study Chinese or possibly some other languages. While I would like to study foreign language so it would "count" for something, I certainly wouldn't mind taking these courses as long as they are interesting (I am already fluent in Japanese and English, so studying another foreign language doesn't appeal me that much unless there is a strong reason for me to study one).

    Let me know if you have any advice. Thanks.
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  3. May 25, 2010 #2
    If you don't care which language you take, you may as well take one that's required for grad school. Most schools have really basic requirements, so figure out how many courses you need to fulfill the reqs and take it from there.
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