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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.
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.
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.
If you already know what virtual exchange (known at DePaul as Global Learning Experience or GLE) is about and you are ready to start thinking seriously about a project in one of your classes, please consider attending the upcoming Winter faculty development workshop. This interactive workshop includes three weeks of asynchronous online work (Feb. 3- Feb. 21, 2020) and two synchronous meetings (on Feb. 7 and Feb. 21, 10am-12pm), and leads you through GLE examples, faculty presentations, intercultural considerations, language and technology resources, and other essential pedagogical and technological aspects of virtual exchange.
You can register for the Winter session here by Friday, January 10, 2020. Although not required, you are strongly encouraged to participate in the workshop once you have already found a faculty partner with whom to work. For more information about virtual exchange at DePaul, please visit go.depaul.edu/gle.
On the occasion of the exhibitions, Julia Fish: bound by spectrum and Architectural Annotations, musicians Francisco L. Malespin (cello), Annika Sundberg (viola), and Brent Taghap (violin) will perform composer Andrew Norman’s Companion Guide to Rome. Scores from the composition were curated by Julia Fish in Architectural Annotations, as she drew parallels between her artistic practice and Norman’s reflections on architecture through music. Malespin, Sundberg, and Taghap are all alumni of the DePaul School of Music; the trio’s performance will last 30 minutes.
DePaul Art Museum Director and Chief Curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm will lead visitors on a guided tour of the exhibition Julia Fish: bound by spectrum. The exhibition presents a survey of the last decade (2009–19) of Fish’s paintings and works on paper while providing new scholarship around her ongoing project that brings together the disciplines of painting, drawing, and architecture. The tour will explain how Fish examines and recontextualizes evidence of her house, most recently thresholds between rooms, within her work as well as themes of light, perspective, and process.
The Chicago Language Symposium 2020: Peer Collaboration and Second Language Learning: Innovations and Reflections
Dr. Amy Snyder Ohta
University of Washington
"The power of peers in foreign language development: Creating contexts for collaboration and co-learning"
Amy Snyder Ohta is Associate Professor of Japanese and Applied Linguistics at the University of Washington, where she has been teaching since 1995. She is the coordinator of the Japanese Program and chair of Graduate Certificate Program in Second/Foreign Language Teaching and Interdisciplinary Committee on Second Language Studies. She is particularly interested in developmental processes that promote growing language and language-in-culture skills in classroom settings. Her recent research considers applications of Concept-Based Instruction to teaching Japanese pragmatics and pragmalinguistics. Her main interest is to empower students as agentive L2 speaker/hearers by providing them with classroom opportunities to internalize high quality linguistic and cultural concepts presented visually (via SCOBAs, high quality conceptual materializations), accompanied by interactive peer-learning, role-play, monologue, and writing.
Visit symposium website for full details, agenda and registration: go.depaul.edu/cls2020
The Chicago Language Symposium 2020 is co-sponsored by:
The Department of Modern Languages at DePaul University, The Council on Language Instruction and the Multimedia Learning Center at Northwestern University, The University Language Center at University of Chicago, and The Sandi Port Errant Language and Culture Learning Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago