A Proposal: Get Serious About the Foreign-Language Requirement

The very idea of discussing the foreign-language requirement for graduate degrees in English is enough to drive us faculty members back to our offices to grade first-year composition papers. How can we bear to hear yet again the responsible and powerful arguments in favor of the requirement — and the practical arguments against it? If we have directed graduate programs, we have painful memories of struggling to get students through a requirement that many of them see as pointless,