Jeana (bookwormprinces) wrote in little_details,
Jeana
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College degree program for proficiency in foreign languages

I need my female American character to be fluent in about five languages (Spanish, Latin, Swahili, and two alien languages [one is the native language of an allied planet, the other is the common-language used for trading between planets]), as well as fairly proficient in two other alien languages. The story is set in America in the future, when travel between planets is common and Earth is allied with several alien races.

My character has completed her Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate degrees. She got her PhD from Northwestern in Chicago, but her other two degrees could have come from anywhere (not specified in my story). She completed her undergrad in only three years.

Basically my question is, what sort of degree program would she have done? Major in Foreign Languages? From my understanding of the research I did, "Linguistics" is more the study of language and how it works (semantics, syntax, phonetics, etc), and not really about acquiring multiple languages.


Attempted research: the wiki page for "Linguistics", as well as several google searches such as "degrees in foreign languages" and "majoring in foreign languages".
Tags: usa: education: higher education, ~languages (misc)
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