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At a practical level, most of the people in the world do not speak English as a native language. One of the main reasons for Americans to study world languages is to gain a better knowledge of the multicultural modern world in which we live.

Another important reason is enhanced job prospects. Almost every industry today is diversifying linguistically. For example, in the near future the buying power of the Latino population will reach $1.3 trillion. Being bilingual in English and Spanish, or English and another language, is one of the greatest assets anyone can have for the current and future job market. Marketability is a large factor in choosing a Modern Languages and Classics Major.

Careers and Industries

A degree in a modern language can help you secure a career in any of the following areas:

  • advertising
  • architecture
  • business
  • communication
  • economics
  • education
  • engineering
  • government service
  • information services
  • journalism
  • law enforcement
  • legal professions
  • marketing
  • media and entertainment
  • medicine and healthcare
  • politics
  • public relations
  • science
  • social services
  • social work
  • technology
  • telecommunications
  • trade
  • translation services
  • travel and tourism

Thinking about Studying Modern Languages and Classics

We offer both majors and minors in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish, as well as classical languages and classical cultures. Or if you’re interested in working in a school, our teaching major will prepare you for licensing.

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