Languages in the Majors

Several of our Majors give you the opportunity to count one or two language courses towards the Major requirements.


  • All Anthropology Majors will take the following: […] six additional courses, two of which must be “advanced seminars” and two of which can be advanced or intermediate language classes relating to the capstone project; and two capstone seminars.
  • In addition to the major requirements, the faculty strongly recommends that anthropology students should be or should try to become proficient in at least one second language.

Global Affairs

  • A relevant foreign language course can count for 1 course (5 MC) credit toward the Major. A foreign language is relevant when it is necessary to undertake research toward the capstone.


  • Cross-listing an advanced level language course may be supported by the HOS and DD and submitted for CC approval, subject to the following conditions:
  1. The course proposal must be supported by the Language Coordinator, and for cross-listing in the Literature major by the HOS for Literature, whose decision will be based on ensuring (a) approximate general parity of content, method and approach (along with whatever translation component is felt pedagogically necessary) across different advanced level courses in languages other than English, (b) a sufficiently literary orientation to content, method and approach.
  2. Only one such course may be approved per language (and if differences in content and approach are to be submitted for support and approval, they will be treated as fresh applications within a single, generic placeholder approval from the CC: one per language at any given time in the curriculum).
  3. Any Literature major student can seek endorsement for no more than one such advanced language course cross-listed towards the Literature major.


  • Up to two non-philosophy courses may count towards the major, where a case is made on the basis of the proposed course’s content, or its fit with the particular philosophy interests and courses constituting a student’s way through the major. Such decisions are made in consultation with the student’s advisor, and may not be determinable in advance.