Student Opportunities

Locally, statewide, and around the world, the ability to communicate in more than one language is providing college graduates an increasingly competitive employment advantage.  Language majors enjoy preferential consideration for many jobs and command a 15% salary premium (based on national averages) over monolingual employees. As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, your language skills open the door to exciting job opportunities, both internationally and here at home. While a second language can enhance any career, foreign language graduates are particularly in demand for careers in teaching at all levels; government work, including the State Department, foreign service, diplomatic corps, FBI, CIA, USIA, the military, and immigration; law enforcement; international business; the human services fields; and translation and interpretation.

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures invites you to take part in the languages and cultures of French, German, and Spanish-speaking countries, or to delve into the research and historical opportunities offered by our Classics program in Latin. Our diverse and talented faculty is highly trained both in languages and in language teaching. We look forward to helping you build the proficiency and cross-cultural knowledge you need to meet your personal and professional goals.

Outside of class, language learning is supported by a state-of-the-art multimedia center in LAB 110, where you can stop in throughout the day for free language tutoring in French, German, and Spanish, computer access for online practice, or simply to relax in the colorful, comfortable lounge area while reading a popular magazine. Typically, tutors are language majors in their senior year. Should you be interested in a tutorship with us, please let the chair of the department know. This student-friendly center is also the gathering place for many extracurricular activities sponsored by the Spanish and French Clubs: foreign language movie nights, cultural celebrations, study group meetings, and Spanish and French conversation roundtables.

The process to apply for departmental scholarships has changed. Students must now apply through the USM Foundation, logging in with their SOAR information: "The USM Foundation Scholarship Application System allows current and incoming students an efficient way to access hundreds of privately funded scholarships. By visiting, students can easily search, review requirements, apply and accept awards for available scholarship opportunities. Students will be matched with scholarships for which they are eligible based on their major, grade point average, financial need, student activities and other criteria. Students are required to complete the application only once each academic year." There are two departmental scholarships: the Hugie Lee Foote, Jr. Endowment (USM Foundation Fund #0767) and the Sarah Stevenson Johnson Scholarship (USM Foundation Fund #1175


Tutoring schedule (pdf)