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Old June 29th, 2016, 03:54 AM   #1

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Language for learning Early Modern English History?


I am currently pursuing studies in history. I am interested in early modern England particularly (ca. 15th-18th cent.). What I am wondering is if learning Latin or some other language is necessary to studying this period professionally?

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Learning Latin would be a big plus. As I am long out of touch with academia is it not still true that learning a language is required for graduation?
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Learning a language is required for graduating with a masters degree. I am currently beginning my bachelors, and for that reason I am trying to figure out what my best course would be in terms of learning a language for my studies...
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My recommendation is two pronged.
1. Pick a language that interests you.
or
2. Talk to the head of the history dept. Find out what would impress him. As they say "it couldnīt hurt."
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Very out of fashion, but if it's not Latin, I would say French. The period You're interested in is very French related, and You would have access to a lot of sources and a goldmine of extensive studies.
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I am in contact with the history department but they are very elusive on the language question for some reason, but our communications are not yet at a close.

I have been considering French but I have some reasons for desiring to study another language right now, despite the limitations.

I am not yet especially settled on the early modern period, but I have always been interested in it and find it important in a historical sense.

I am also considering German and possibly inclining to more recent history. My "problem" is that I want to know too much and I am struggling to put the perspective of my infinite interests into the context of a well defined realistic life course. Both of your comments help, thank you, because it is important to put my own ideas into context.
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Well, I don't know the context, to begin with

But if history is your future, You should start learning foreign languages, and fast. And IMHO, one is not enough.

French and German would be obvious. But it really depends on Your interest area.

If it's Americas, You should consider Spanish, Portuguese. If it's Mid East, You should consider Arab. There's Chinese, Russian,Turkish, Italian, aso … again, it really depends on Your interest. The choice should be a rational, domain orientated one.
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I have gotten that signal a few times now, but I am not sure why the university does not come out and say it. In fact they are particularly coy about the language aspect to undergraduate students here. I have recently spoken to a couple of students enrolled in the BA program who have not taken any languages, but I know that is a mistake becuase I have already read ahread on requirements. Unfortunately for them it is partly too late or at least will cause a delay...
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I have gotten that signal a few times now, but I am not sure why the university does not come out and say it. In fact they are particularly coy about the language aspect to undergraduate students here. I have recently spoken to a couple of students enrolled in the BA program who have not taken any languages, but I know that is a mistake becuase I have already read ahread on requirements. Unfortunately for them it is partly too late or at least will cause a delay...
Well, I would say You should think that a foreign language is a huge opening for You, regardless what You will do with Your life.

It's not something You do for the Uni, it's something You're doing for Yourself.
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Old June 30th, 2016, 09:28 AM   #10

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Certainly, though due to the time of year my university plans weigh heavily on my mind.
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