by Cole

5 Reasons to Study a Language in College

Studying a foreign language is a valuable experience that you may not have a chance to do after college.  A language can make a great second major or minor to supplement your other studies, here are 5 reasons why you should study a language in college:

Study Abroad

While there are many abroad programs that offer classes taught in English, where you will be able to survive just fine without learning the local language, studying a language while being immersed in it will maximize your experience as you learn a new culture and try some great food.  Studying abroad will develop you as a person, and many people look back on their study abroad experience as one of their best memories in college.

Broaden Your Perspective

As you learn a new language and culture, it makes you more aware of your own culture, and helps to broaden your perspective and changes the way you look at the world.

Finish What You’ve Started

Many students start learning a language in high school and lose most of what they learned because they don’t continue with it.  At the college level, you will be challenged to learn at a faster pace than in high school, and may even be able to reach fluency by the time you graduate if you take advantage of all of the learning opportunities.

Open up Doors

You never know when your language ability will come in handy, whether you are traveling abroad, or staying in the US, being able to speak another language will open up doors to making new friends, traveling, and even job opportunities.

You Won’t Regret it

I don’t think I’ve met anyone who regrets learning another language.  It’s a valuable skill to have and it’s a very rewarding experience to be able to communicate in another language.

The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers classes in nine languages, check our their website for more details.


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