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Modern Languages

Whether a French, Spanish or German Major, Modern Language majors have a wide variety of selection when it comes to career fields. Modern Language studies seek to improve the ability to communicate, to develop cultural awareness and sensitivity, to expand general knowledge and to promote more appreciation and tolerance for other cultures. Proficiency in more than one language is becoming an increasingly valuable acquisition and enhances the occupational possibilities. With a degree in a Modern Language, majors will have a higher chance at obtaining a career involving large amounts of travel, compared to other majors.

Samuel Johnson- "Language is the dress of thought."

Career Fields associated with Modern Languages Majors:

  • Actor/ Actress
  • Flight Attendant
  • Linguist
  • Announcer
  • Foreign Language
  • Teacher Missionary
  • Anthropologist
  • Foreign News Correspondent
  • Producer
  • Audiologist
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Public Health Administrator
  • Bilingual Educator
  • Historian
  • Social Worker
  • Bilingual Secretary
  • Hotel Information Clerk
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Buyer
  • Hotel Manager
  • Technical Writer
  • Civil Service Worker
  • Import/Export Clerk
  • Textbook Publisher
  • Copy Editor
  • Interpreter
  • Translator
  • Customs Inspector
  • Journalist
  • Travel Agent
  • Diplomat
  • Lawyer
  • VISTA/ Peace Corps
  • FBI/CIA Agent
  • Lexicographer
  • Film Editor
  • Librarian

Related Skills:

  • Ability to think logically and make analogies
  • Ability to practice for long periods
  • Ability to adjust to new environments
  • Ability to organize and memorize detailed information
  • Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary
  • Good listening, clarifying, and responding skills
  • Proficiency in phonetics and ability to imitate sounds

Personal attributes associated with Modern Languages:

  • Intellectual growth
  • Appreciation for the culture and life-styles of others
  • Desire for peace and harmony
  • Linguistic ability
  • Adaptability
  • Alertness
  • Creativity
  • Patience
  • Self-discipline

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For more information on any of these career options, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.