Several decades ago I was among faculty in a liberal arts college voting to eliminate a two-year language requirement for a B.A. degree on grounds that a two-year exposure to a language is insufficient to acquire proficiency;
I think that that was a good call, unless the other would be required, i.e., functional ability in at least one language (functional ability means able to converse on basic topics and read a newspaper or paperback novel without bothering to look up occasional rare words).
the US is at a disadvantage here. The rest of the world can require a language like English for all of their students and no one will object because it is so universally useful. But in the US, the 'useful' language may appear to be Spanish, or Japanese, or French, or Chinese, or Arabic, or 'other' (Swahili, Russian, German, Portuagese, Dutch, Hebrew, Hindi, ...) A school can hardly be a Monterrey Institute or a Middlebury, so they may need to limit the options to 3 or 4, max. And therein lies the problem. A student may be interested in Hebrew but is asked to choose between functional French or Spanish. OK, I can live with tri-lingual (Eng, Span, + language of real interest). But I suspect the rest of the faculty couldn't.