I was recently checking out a PhD program in English (no, not for me) and I noticed that the school offering the program requires four semesters of a foreign language as a prerequisite. My reaction was (and still is) ... why? What's the point? It's an English degree. I don't get it. Why do some doctorates have this requirement, even when the degree has nothing to do with foreign languages? Most people just take two semesters of a foreign language in their undergrad degree programs (if it's even required) and move on.