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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.
Check out the latest issue of
Molyglot, the quarterly newsletter in the Department of Modern Languages.
Free ONLINE language tutoring is available for Winter 2022 through the Department of Modern Languages! Click the LiveChat option at the bottom of the the
Tutoring and Language Learning Center page to be connected with a Language Learning Center assistant – they’ll help you schedule an online Zoom session with a tutor in your target language.
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.
The Modern Language Option is available to all BA students who wish to study a modern language beyond the level required by their College, and to all other undergraduate students without a modern language requirement who wish to study a language at any level.
Learn about LAS graduate programs at one of our information sessions.
Learn about the Spain study abroad program focused on Chemistry and Biology. In the summer they travel for 2 weeks to Cadiz, Spain to perform research either in Biology or Chemistry. Students will stay at University of Cadiz residence halls and have a chance to visit sites in the city and nearby. This is a research-intensive experience.
Learn all about the Northern Ireland program, run by the School for Public Service and intended for graduate SPS students and other graduate students from related disciplines. The program consists of MPS 575 taken in spring 2022 and travel in late June 2022. There will be info about the academic focus and program activities, how the application process works, and time for your questions.
In conjunction with the exhibition Learned Objects, Rochele Royster presents her work Dolls4Peace included in the exhibition, in which she invited children, teachers, and community members across Chicago to create handmade dolls as a means for addressing trauma and gun violence. Royster has worked for the last 20 years integrating art therapy into the educational setting and has worked with youth, adolescents, and young adults with various learning differences. Royster will be in conversation with Jim Duignan, artist and founder of Stockyard Institute. Royster’s Dolls 4 Peace was included in Stockyard Institute’s exhibition PUBLIC SCHOOL at the Hyde Park Art Center in 2017.
Attend this information session with Professors Paul Booth and Rebecca Johns-Trissler to learn about their Summer 2022 study abroad program United Kingdom: Harry Potter & the Fan Experience! Students in this short-term study abroad program will have the opportunity to delve deeply into the Harry Potter experience through readings, screenings, discussions, and in-person visits to sites of literary and cultural significance related to the Harry Potter series, and to review the impact the Harry Potter series has had on audiences, fans, and popular culture over the past twenty years.
Learn all about the FY@broad Scotland study abroad program for first-year students, taking place in mid-late June 2022, with classwork in the spring quarter. There will be info about the academic focus and program activities, how the application process works, and time for your questions.
Learn all about the FY@broad Jerusalem study abroad program for first-year students, taking place in mid-late June 2022, with classwork in the spring quarter. There will be info about the academic focus and program activities, how the application process works, and time for your questions.