Many degree programs require proven proficiency in one or more languages other than English. These requirements vary considerably across institutions, but the study of many aspects of religion makes the use of a variety of languages necessary. Check on your institution’s requirements and consider learning the languages early in your program so you can make use of them in your work. Computer programs aid considerably in the translation process, but they are no substitute for being able to read a text in the original and “feeling” what it means. Likewise, the increasing globalization of the field makes conversation with colleagues in other than hegemonic English a desirable ability.