CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER
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A Career Guide for the Foreign Language Major


A major in foreign languages provides a solid basis for the study of foreign cultures and literatures. The major also provides a solid liberal arts background for general education purposes and for a wide variety of professional career paths.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

Interests
  • Literature
  • The arts
  • International travel
  • Diplomatic/world history
  • Foreign cultures
  • Intercultural communication
Aptitudes
  • Strong memory/recall verbal aptitude
  • Literary analysis
  • Clear expression of ideas
  • Critical thinking
  • A good ear for languages and patterns in communication
  • Detail oriented
  • Good interpreting/translating skills

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS


Bachelor of Arts Degree (minimum of 120 credit-hours required): French, German, Spanish, or Languages and Linguistics with emphasis in either Italian or Japanese. In addition to other college and University requirements, students will normally complete 43 upper-division credit-hours in Languages and Linguistics. Grades below "C" in a required departmental course will not count toward the requirements of the major. Native speakers of the language should consult with the head of the major program or the chair of the department concerning substitutions in coursework.


OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


The following are examples of positions often held by Foreign Language graduates:

Government /Public Sector

Peace Corps/Vista Volunteer
Paralegal
Lawyer
Librarian
Foreign Service Officer
Historic Site Administrator
Lobbyist
Member of Congress
Public Administrator
Revenue Agent, IRS
Indexer
Government Official
Journalist/Newspaper Editor
Writer
Foreign News Correspondent
Business Owner
Social Worker
INS (Immigration/Naturalization) Officer
United Nations/World Bank

Business/Education

Financial Analyst
Corporate Trainer
Travel Agent
Insurance Agent
Foundation Administrator
Human Resources Officer
Sales/Marketing Representative
Loan Administrator
Operations Researcher
Translator/Interpreter
Retail Manager
Affirmative Action Officer
Production Manager
Teacher/Professor
Archivist
Coordinator School/Youth Programs

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


FOR MORE INFORMATION


For information about choosing a career, graduate/professional school, internships or job descriptions,and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)
561-297-3533

Davie Campus - Modular G
954-236-1214

Jupiter Campus - SR 110
561-799-8010

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

Dorothy F.Schmidt College of Arts & Letters
Boca Raton Campus - Arts & Humanities Building, Room 213 (AH 213)
561-297-3800

Department of Languages and Linguistics & Comparative Literature
Boca Raton Campus, General Classroom South, Room 212 (GS 212)
561-297-3860


The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the College of Schmidt Arts & Humanities and the Department of Languages & Linguistics.
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