Language Proficiency

Learning another language is an integral component of the Global Studies major. It provides students with the confidence and skills needed to engage with unfamiliar cultures as global citizens.

Students pursuing a Global Studies major/minor are encouraged to study abroad not only so that they may acquire a new sense of cultural appreciation and global experience, but because it offers a unique opportunity to significantly strengthen non-native language skills.

Global Studies majors are required to complete the equivalent of six semesters of language study in a language other than English. This requirement can be fulfilled using credits from high school AP language tests reported to Lehigh's registrar, from courses taken at Lehigh through the Department of Modern Languages & Literature (MLL), from courses taken elsewhere, or some combination of these. It may be fulfilled all in one language (advanced level), or by studying the equivalent of four semesters of one language and an additional two semesters of a second language.