Language Studies

Languages are systems for communicating human ideas, feelings and experiences. Knowledge of multiple languages extends potential communication to other cultures and other parts of the world. While developing fluency in a language, modern language majors study the literature and culture of people speaking the language. Travel and study abroad may also be involved.

“Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone. “ - Ralph Waldo Emerson 

“I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations.” - Samuel Johnson

“Language is the inventory of human experience.” - L. W. Lockhart

"Language is a steed which carries one into a far country." -Arab Proverb 

"When we study language, we are approaching what some might call the 'human essence', the distinctive qualities of the mind that are, so far as we know, unique to man." - Noam Chomsky

MARKETABLE SKILLS:

Analyzing
Anticipate problems
Clarifying problems/situations
Classifying
Composing
Critiquing
Decision making
Defining
Diagnosing
Editing
Enlightening,
Explaining concepts
Expressing self 
Guiding
Helping 
Informing
Interviewing
Leading discussions

Making fine verbal distinctions
Organizing
Problem solving 
Proofreading
Promotional & Publicity writing 
Quick thinking 
Reading
Reporting accurately
Reviewing 
Screening
Selecting 
Summarizing
Surveying
Systematizing/organizing material
Teaching/training
Translating
Trouble-shooting
Writing

POTENTIAL CAREERS:

Affirmative Action Officer
Announcer (radio, TV) Anthropologist
Art historian 
Biographer
Booking agent
Buyer
Case worker
Community organization worker
Community relations & service adviser
Cultural Events Coordinator
Curator/Archivist
Customs Inspector
Editor of foreign news
Employment Interviewer
EOP Director
Financial Planner Consulting
Flight Attendant
Foreign:

  • Correspondent Interpreter
  • Exchange program director
  • Export marketer
  • Information officer
  • Language Teacher
  • Language translator
  • Service Officer
  • Student Advisor
  • Travel escort officer

Immigration inspector 
Importer/exporter
Intelligence specialist
International:

  • Broadcaster 
  • Graduate school adviser
  • Interpreter
  • Relations specialist
  • Trade economist

Journalist
Language Researcher
Librarian
Linguistic Scientist
Manager: 

  • Industrial development
  • Road
  • World Trade

Marketing coordinator
Museum Guide
Newswriter/foreign languages
Passenger Service Representative
Peace Corps/Visa Worker
Performer
Probation Officer
Professor
Public Health Educator
Public Relations
Sales Representative
Social Service Program Director
Special agent/FBI
Teacher:

  • ESL/EFL 
  • foreign language

Training Instructor
Translator: 

  • Computer
  • Foreign News
  • Scientific Document

Travel Agent 
Travel Guide 
Tutor 
Urban/Community Planner 
Writer/technical publications

WORK ENVIRONMENTS:

Advertising dept. and agencies 
Agencies of International Development
Airports
Amusement Parks
Art Galleries 
Chambers of Commerce
Consulting Firms
Consumer Affairs Office
Education department
Entertainment/Theatre
Financial Institutions
Government agencies:

  • Agency of International Dev.
  • CIA
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Commerce Department
  • Consumer Affairs Office
  • Department of Defense (DOD)

DOD dependent schools
Federal Communications 
Federal Trade Commission
Foreign Service Department
Immigration and Naturalization Service
Local, city, county government
National Security Agency
State Department

Health and Human Services
Hotel chains
Import/export businesses
Libraries
Magazines/newspaper companies
Manufacturing companies
Marketing Firms

  • Multinational Firms
  • Museums 
  • National Archives 
  • News bureaus
  • Non-profit organizations

Peace Corps
Professional/trade organizations
Public relations firms
Public service organizations
Publishing/Media firms
Radio/TV industry
Research firms 
Schools, colleges/universities 
Social Service agencies
Transportation agencies 
Travel Agencies/Brokers United Nations
Vista 
Visitors and convention bureaus

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: 

ADARA (service to the deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing)
American Association of Language Specialists
American Communication Association
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (scholarships, grants, jobs)
American Cryptogram Association
American Dialect Society
American Literary Translators Association (fellowships, links)
American Philological Association (job listing for Classic teachers, library science careers)
American Society of Travel Agents (job listing, scholarships)
American Speech Language Hearing Association (job listings)
American Translators Association
Association for Computers and the Humanities (job listings)
Association for the History of Language
Association for Language Learning (job listings)
Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing
CA Chicano News Media Association
CA Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (job bank)
Dictionary Society of North America
European Language Resource Association
Feministas Unidas
The International Artificial Intelligence in Education Society (job listings)
International Association for Language Learning Technology
International Association of Conference Interpreters (job listings)
International Communication Association
International Dyslexia Association
International Federation of Translators
International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association
International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Logical Language Group
National Association for Self Instructional Language Programs
Northwest Translators & Interpreters Society (job listing links)
Northern CA Translation Association
Overseas Press Club (internship, scholarships)
The Philological Society (links)
Society for Technical Communication (job listing for members)
Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas (fellowships)
Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction
TESOL, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (job listings)
Transitions Abroad (jobs, internships)
Travel Industry Association of America (job listings)

JOBSITES: 

Bilingual Jobs
Brussels.com (job listings)
Electronic Embassy (directories of businesses and embassies)
EnlaCe, Electronic Network for Latin American Careers and Employment (jobs, internships, fellowships)
Escape Artist
Eurobrussels.com (job listing)
Graphic-job (jobs in France)
Jobs-Brussels (internships and job listing)
Jobs in the Caption Industry
Jobs Overseas
LatPro diversity recruitment and jobs
Riley Guide (links to world jobs)
Teaching Overseas
The United Nations (go to employment under the index)
United Press International
US State Dept. Internships

ONLINE RESOURCES:

Caption writer (job listings)
Living Abroad
National Clearing House for English Language Acquisition
Speak Easy (links)
Treasure Chest (foreign language guide to learning disabilities)

CAREER SERVICE RESOURCES: 

A Complete Guide to International Jobs and Careers, by Ronald and Caryl Krannich
Careers for Foreign Language Aficionados & Other Multilingual Types, Seelye, H.Ned & J.Laurence Day
Great Jobs Abroad, Arthur Bell
Guide to Careers in World Affairs, Editors of the Foreign Policy
How to Get a Job in Europe, Robert Sanborn, 
International Jobs Directory, Ronald and Caryl Krannich