Why Study Foreign Languages?
It is essential to the global competency which Morehouse students need to excel both now and in the future!
1. Studying a second language can improve your skills and grades in math and English and scores in GREs, MCATs and LSATs. Math and verbal SAT scores increase with each additional year of foreign language study.
2. Studying a foreign language can improve your analytic, creative, and interpretive capacities.
3. Those who have studied a foreign language can work successfully with many more people and in many more places than someone who knows only one language. An employer will see you as a bridge to new clients and you are more likely to win the trust and friendship of people whose languages you know--even if you know their languages just a little.
4. Whatever language you choose, learning it will make a difference in how you see the world and in how the world sees you.
5. Study abroad in a country of your foreign language gives you immediate exposure to new ways of thinking, governing, and solving problems. These alternate perspectives, and your ability to understand them and discuss them with their citizens, provides you with unique insight to creatively tackle issues in future educational,employment, and personal situations in the U.S.
6. Studying a foreign language allows you to daily communicate and investigate new knowledge in other languages--including online foreign research and newspapers, the ability to skype colleagues abroad, and viewing the same issues immediately on the internet from a different cultural point of view.
7. Studying another language allows you to understand cultural nuances in which the same foreign word has varied meanings, or concepts for which varied vocabulary expresses details of import in that culture but for which English has only one word and vice versa. Additionally, gestures, intonations and phrasing convey meanings not apparent in written words alone and provide students with a necessary edge in their communication.
8. International contacts are an integral part of many careers, and people without the skill and sensitivity to deal with other cultures are at a disadvantage.
The world is full of languages. How far do you have to go from your front door to know that this is true? Think about how many more people and places you could really get to know, newspapers and books you could read, movies and TV programs you could understand, Web sites you could visit with another language! [more]