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. To see an interesting article about working overseas, click here.
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 (schedule - pdf) in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish, computer access for online practice, or simply to relax in the colorful, comfortable lounge area while watching foreign language satellite TV or 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.