Why Choose a B.A.?

The B.A. Degree


Degree Requirements

Requires a 3rd semester proficiency (through the 201 level) in one of the 9 classical or modern languages offered by the Classics or Modern Languages and Literature Departments.

Course Sequence

If you are new to a language, the typical sequence of courses is 101, 102 and then 201.

*Students who have a pre-college competence in a foreign language who desire advanced placement or waiver for the foreign language requirement may take a Language Placement Evaluation.

Things to consider when choosing a B.A. degree

• Are you interested in doing humanities research in graduate school or your career?

• Are you interested in improving your cultural competency in an increasingly global and diverse world?

• Will you need to develop written and communication skills to pursue your field?

• Are you interested in developing flexibility and adaptability through critical thinking and problem solving skills? 

• Do you want to build connections that will be important for your future professional career on a community, national or international level?

So... I can take any language?

Yes, you can take any language offered by the Modern Languages and Literatures Department or the Classics Department.

The Modern Languages and Literatures Department offers Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.


If you are having trouble deciding which language to take, check out each of our language pages for fun facts and reasons why each language might be right for you!