3 Cal State Fullerton language degrees may be on chopping block

Cal State Fullerton is considering whether to eliminate degrees in French, German, and Portuguese.

The university’s Modern Languages and Literatures chair Janet Eyring said those degrees have opened doors to varied careers.

"These are very important languages in the world, many speakers of Portuguese in Brazil, French is a foundation of Western civilization," Eyring said. "We still have a lot of French and Spanish teachers in the high schools."

Ending the French degree programs would close the door to freshmen hoping to continue their studies in that language.

Eyring said a Cal State Fullerton international business program that relies on German and French instruction would also be threatened. The university’s holding three hearings this week before it decides on whether it will cut the language majors.