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Foreign Language

  1. Feb 17, 2005 #1
    I am looking at classes for my undergraduate degree. My high school's foreign language program was aimed at getting the state schools' prerequisite of two years of foreign language out of the way. So German 3 was not really looked at and seldom had enough people sign up to even create a class. My problem is that the school I am going to requires three years of the same language. So to make it up I need to take 2 years in undergrad instead of their 1 year to complete the core curriculum. Starting new in a language I would have to take three years. So I am only looking at 3 credit hours of difference. I am really tempted to take Latin or Greek instead. Is this practical on a professional standpoint. The extra hours are manageable academically when I look at it. But would a dead language be beneficial to a physics/chemistry major? Or will the language even matter when looking for a job?

    What I want to do after school is not fully known. However, it will hopefully fall into teaching or research if I work hard enough.

    Thank you for your time.
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  3. Feb 17, 2005 #2


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    In the global economy, any modern foreign language is a bonus. In hiring someone, I would prefer someone who spoke a foreign language, all other qualifications the same.

    Spanish is a widely spoken language. There is also French, which is spoken in parts of Africa and Middle East, as well as France. I still find German useful.

    Then there is Russian and Japanese, and even Chinese.

    If you go the classics route, I suggest Greek.
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