Why not try Russian?
Two semesters of Russian fulfills the language requirement. (Another year, and you've fulfilled the language portion of the Russian area studies major!!)
Russian art and culture
Even one year of Russian gives you a glimpse of a huge, beautiful country [left -- Northern Russia: Kizhi island on Lake Onega] which made compelling contributions to world culture. Wheaton also offers courses taught in English on Russian art, film, literature and politics.
Russian is good for your English. All languages teach you about speech and grammar, and make you think about the way you speak and write English.
Plenty of opportunities for a semester study abroad. It is not required, not even for a major, but many opportunities are there.
Russian for specific fields
If you choose to continue with Russian, we offer advanced courses geared to specific professions: business Russian, Russian for art and museum work, political Russian, scientific Russian for our pre-meds.
Students and faculty
Our department is small. Students like the camaraderie, the individualized attention and support from the faculty. We like our students. Faculty-student groups are cozy. ... Russian attracts bright and adventurous people. Just like you.
Russian After Wheaton
Several of our recent graduates have jobs in related fields, on the basis of their major or double major in Russian. One lives in San Francisco, working with Russian business people. Another is studying in Moscow, while yet another works there. And then there's the one working at the Davis Russian Center at Harvard ...
Russian and professions. A growing number of Russian emigres live in the States, especially around Boston and New York, creating local opportunities in business, medical and social services, court translation, etc. On a broader level, Russian is useful in banking and business, international law, government work, and diplomacy. (It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations).
But ... Isn't Russian Hard and Weird?
Perhaps - But Russian on your resume impresses friends, grad schools and potential employers. And keep in mind the friendly department and the terrific, adventurous students. It might be worth a year of something different.
Yes - But all languages are hard in their own way, and they'll all require some memorization and hard work. You might as well do a more unusual language ...
No - But that alphabet scares people. The fact is, students master reading the alphabet in one week, and writing it in two to three weeks. Really. You will too. Here's your very first Russian word, the word for "atom" : ATOM.