Hi! I'm an incoming freshman in the Class of 2017, and I know it's a bit early to be thinking about this because class selection isn't until September, but I'm trying to decide which language I want to take next year at the University.
I took four years of German in high school and the AP, but I don't really "love" the language like I should. I'm deciding between continuing German next year or switching to French or Arabic.
Just a little bit about me - I'm thinking about majoring in Political Science, Economics, or International Studies. Careerwise, I'm a bit conflicted, but as of yet, I would really like to go into international politics or international economics. I'm a native English speaker and know Urdu/Hindi through my family.
Is there a specific language department at UChicago that students are the most satisfied with? A "best" language department? Or a language that is best for the fields I am interested in?
I also know that whichever language I choose will factor into which study abroad program I eventually choose. How is the Paris civ program compared to the Vienna one? Or the programs in the middle east?
Personally, I'm tempted to choose French even though I know virtually nothing of the language. However, I don't want to give up four years of German without a good reason, and I think Arabic would be fascinating to learn.