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Modern Languages


The Department of Modern Languages at DePaul offers a full, rich curriculum in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian and Spanish.
The programs offered by the Department of Modern Languages seek to develop a student's ability to speak, understand, read and write another language, and to foster an appreciation of its literature and civilization.

What kind of jobs could I get with a language major?

Anything!  One of the many benefits of a language major is the flexibility afforded to you. You can work in whatever areas you've gained experiences in while in college through part-time jobs, internships, and student organizations.  If you are interested in working in hospitality, for example, you can major in Arabic Studies and complete hospitality courses for your open electives while also working a part-time job in the hospitality industry.  If you are interested in working for the government, you can begin as a volunteer in a government office, apply for City of Chicago internships, and work part-time as an office assistant or desk receptionist for an alderman's office.  Working on campus in an administrative capacity can also provide you with excellent experiences in an office setting.

You gain a variety of skills when you complete language courses, which prepares you for success as a professional in any field.  You can improve your verbal & written communication skills, interpersonal skills, ability to work in diverse environments, and critical thinking skills, to name a few.  You may also find a more comprehensive list of what you can do with a language major through the Career Center's websiteAuburn University also has a list of additional skills/benefits gained from language study.

It's important to note that many people do not work in jobs directly related to their major if they don't seek out professional experiences while in college, related to their area of study. It is therefore important for you to recognize the overall skills you gain and need to develop in college, while studying what you enjoy and what corresponds with your strengths.  If you enjoy working/talking with people from other cultures and enjoy the wonder and beauty of self-expression in other languages, a language program may be a good fit! Here are a few articles that address this point:
A college degree can help you qualify to apply for a job; experiencelikability, and fit are what get you hired.  You can work on all of these while in college so as to make the most of your college experience and expenses.  Read more about the skills employers are looking for in new hires (link above) and look for opportunities to polish these skills. Consider taking two-credit classes such as UIP 240 and 241​ as a 5th class (fits within 18-credit tuition package if the other four classes are only four credits each) to learn how to better articulate who you are and what you have to offer a prospective employer.​​​