Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

What Can I Do With A Major In Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures?

The abilities to speak another language fluently, to understand and work within another culture, and to think critically about your world are invaluable assets in today's global world of work. Employment opportunities exist for language graduates in many different areas. Government, business, education, and the non-profit sector all have entry level positions for multi-skilled liberal arts graduates, including those who speak another language. The mental agility and cultural experience which mark students who graduate as majors in a non-English language-whether classical or modern--are very attractive to employers in all areas of the work world. The intellectual curiosity represented by this choice of major marks an individual who wants to learn and keep learning and is able to synthesize many details into a meaningful whole, no matter how unfamiliar the data-a very valuable kind of employee.

You may want to look for employment of a type in which your language and culture skills are the basic focus of your activity. In that case, you might look for positions in translating, interpreting, or teaching. There are many other cases, however, in which your language fluency will serve as a valuable asset or secondary skill rather than the primary function of your job. As you research career opportunities and develop career goals, you should consider options which will allow you to utilize your language/cultural skills along with other bodies of knowledge and skills-business, health care, banking, government, journalism/public relations/communication, the arts.

Many careers do not require a specific major, but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. The world is your oyster if you can communicate with people whose languages and cultures are different from yours and if you have honed the skills of sensitivity, flexibility, and critical thinking which are an important part of education in a foreign language. A language major will offer you many opportunities for internships and study and travel abroad which will make you an excellent candidate for employment in any number of areas. Take advantage of all of those opportunities to get some hands-on experience while completing a rigorous academic program and participating in campus and community activities.

A Sample of Related Occupations

Types of Employers

Private and Non-Profit Organizations

Advertising Agencies
Airlines/Airports
American Friends Service
American Schools Abroad
Amnesty International
Banks
Book Publishers
CARE, Inc
Civic Organizations
Clinics
Colleges & Universities
Consulting Firms
Hospitals/Clinics
Hotels/Restaurants/Resorts
International Businesses
Libraries
Manufacturing Firms
Newspapers/Magazines
Pan American Health Organization
Project Hope
Red Cross International
Retail Stores
School Systems
Social Service Agencies
Television/Radio Stations
Travel Agencies
United Nations
World Health Organ.
YMCA/YWCA
International Exchange Programs

Government Agencies

Agency for Int'l. Development
Bureau of Export Admin.
Bureau of Intelligence & Research
Bureau of Int'l. Labor Affairs
CIA/FBI
Defense Intelligence Agency
Department of Defense
Drug Enforcement Admin.
Foreign Agricultural Service
Foreign Commercial Service
Foreign Service
Immigration & Naturalization Service
International Trade Admin.
Library of Congress
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Security Agency
NJ Governor's Commission on International Trade
NJ Int'l. Trade Division
NJ Travel & Tourism Division
Office of Int'l. Affairs
Office of Int'l. Coop. & Development
Office of International Education
Office of Intern'l Policy & Programs
Peace Corps/VISTA
Telecommunications Satellite Organization
US Customs Service
US Department of State
US Information Agency
Voice of America
U.S. Military Services

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