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Knowing another language is an invaluable skill in our increasingly interconnected world. The
graduate programs offered by the Department of Modern Languages help you develop the ability to communicate, converse, understand, read and write another language; gain appreciation of its literature and culture; and become more fully engaged as a citizen.
Practically 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 and skills 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 in 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 website. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) also provides a comprehensive map of 21st Century skills gained through language study.
Skills list and additional career ideas:
The world is not divided by major and job opportunities are constantly changing. Jobs that exist today, may not exist when you graduate and many new jobs that do not yet exist will be created after you graduate. Many jobs are not limited to specific majors. Check out job posts online (we provide language-specific job search sites through our language resource pages) to verify the education and experience requirements of the various careers you are exploring. If you're pursuing careers that are tied to a related major, such as becoming a teacher, accountant or financial consultant, that major may be the best choice for you. If you have no clue what you want to do and/or the list of courses required for a major you're considering gives you chills, and not in a good way, then you might want to look into other majors.
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 don't enjoy what you're studying, you're less likely to have the emotional energy to spend on gaining the skills and experiences you need for life after college. 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 ideology:
A college degree can help you qualify to apply for a job; experience, skills, likability/personality and company and/or /industry 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 (links in the above Q&A) 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.
Learn about LAS graduate programs at one of our information sessions.
2:15pm Welcome and Presentation Professor Rocío Ferreira (DePaul University), Angela Snow (Film Director), & Dr. Luis Vásquez (Yantalo Perú Foundation)
2:30pm 80min Film Screening: Mortality of Dreams
Q & A with Angela Snow and Dr. Luis Vásquez
Mortality of Dreams is a feature documentary that follows Dr. Luis Vasquez's dream to build the first environmentally sustainable hospital in Peru, a-state-of the-art, international volunteer-run hospital that will provide healthcare for all who need it. The catch? It will be 600 miles from Lima, in the middle of the jungle. Over 9 years, he struggles against rain, corrupt politics, and lack of funding in an attempt to leave his legacy. Completed after 10 years of filming in 2017, screenings began in 2018. Mortality of Dreams has had a great reception with its recent release.
The Yantalo Peru Foundation is devoted to delivering outstanding quality programs in the areas of health, education and culture to help meet the needs of the people of Yantalo in the Peruvian Amazon Jungle. Their goal is to create a long-term and sustainable positive impact through serious and active participation of the community and volunteers who share their vision and commitment to work with integrity, creativity and accountability.
Peruvian Arts Society & DePaul University Department of Modern Languages
MEAL with DePaul is a program that invites DePaul faculty and staff members to host international students and scholars in their homes for a meal during the quarter.
Many international students and scholars find themselves in Chicago for the holidays. This is a chance to share your Thanksgiving traditions and help them feel welcome and not so alone on Thanksgiving day!
Please apply to become a faculty/staff host, so we can match you with students. The application can be completed online at http://go.depaul.edu/iss-meal
How do you talk about a problem that’s too big to see? How do you demand action when it’s easier to delay? How does art speak in response to science? Come watch a wide-ranging group of artists and professors discuss these questions and more. From DePaul University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Paola Cabal, James Fairhall, Liam Heneghan, Rebecca Johns-Trissler, and Kathryn Schaffer will pool their experience and expertise to help you understand how to grapple with something as daunting—and important—as climate change.
This program is a part of the 2019-2020 One Book, One Chicago season, exploring the theme Season For Change through the book The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert. For more information, visit www.onebookonechicago.org
Accompanying her solo exhibition concurrently on view, artist Julia Fish guest-curated a selection of works on paper drawn largely from DePaul Art Museum’s collection. Featuring architectural plans, views, and elevation studies alongside annotated musical scores and graphic analyses, Architectural Annotations contextualizes Fish’s artistic inspirations and process.
Join Fish in conversation with architect Dan Wheeler and Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Director Sarah Herda for an in-depth look into the exhibition followed by a book signing of DPAM’s newest catalogue, Julia Fish: bound by spectrum.
Presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, DePaul Department of Art, Media, and Design, DePaul Department of History of Art and Architecture, and Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.