Department of Languages and Cultures
Expand your career opportunities by studying a foreign language and culture. Not only will you gain the skill to communicate effectively in cross-cultural settings, you'll develop a global perspective that employers value. You'll also gain new awareness and insight about your own culture.
Faculty in the Department of Languages and Cultures have native or near-native competence in a number of languages, including Spanish, German, and French. With small class sizes and engaged faculty, you'll be challenged and encouraged every step of the way.
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What is the employment outlook?
The ability to read, speak, write, and comprehend a second or third language is an excellent way to gain a competitive edge in the employment market.
In fact, a 2017 report titled Not Lost in Translation: The Growing Importance of Foreign Language Skills in the U.S. Job Market finds:
- Demand for bilingual employees has doubled since 2010, with the biggest growth in “high prestige” jobs like financial managers, editors, and industrial engineers.
- Employers increasingly desire workers who speak multiple languages, particularly in businesses that require a high level of human interaction, like banking, healthcare, and education.
In comparison, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages estimated that just eight percent of college students studied a second language in 2016, which means graduates with that skill will continue to be in demand.
Reversing the language gap is increasingly important in a global economy where a huge percentage of the world consumers live outside the United States. Understanding different cultures enables you to truly connect with customers, clients, and other stakeholders. Employees fluent in a foreign language can earn higher salaries, too.
If you've taken Spanish, German, French, or Latin in high school, learn more about our placement exam. You may be able to earn up to 11 credits of back credit after taking one class.