From what I've heard, the knowledge you need for graduate school in French / another language isn't particularly difficult to attain. You have to pass a particular test (translation). Remember that history studies in university are very different from high-school, and tend to build towards the academic style used in graduate history. First-year history, however, is pretty rudimentary in this sense - however, you'll eventually learn that academic history is not about regurgitating facts and dates, but about viewpoints and arguments...
So, coming out of high-school may not be the best time to cement the ideas of what you want to do in the future, because you don't really get a proper exposure to many / most disciplines in high-school (unless you've looked into it on your own time, of course, then you know all this)
Originally Posted by Ziggi
Is it a bit too early to be worrying about this?
Either way, I'm curious/anxious/worried now.
I was looking at the prereqs for History/Anthropology graduate programs [not sure which I want to go into at the moment]
and for a MA or PhD in History you need to pass a language test
and for a PhD in Anthro you need to pass a language test
It says German or French [or the language of your focus of study] and I haven't taken either of those since 10th grade.
Although, at this point [going into my first year of undergraduate studies], I haven't decided either or not I want to attend graduate school, I'm still worried that I won't meet the requirement when the time is right. Should I try and get into a German/French class now [I do like/am good at languages, so it wouldn't put a strain on my school work]?
Should I wait until second year, maybe when I have a little more direction? Or would that be too late?