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Why Study a Foreign Language?

1. Competitiveness in the Job Market - Being fluent in another language not only looks great on a resume, putting you two steps ahead of your competition, but it also opens doors to employment opportunities that you never would have thought to explore.  Employers will view you as a very important contributor to the success of their business, especially on an international scale.  Bilingual employees are favored in a variety of professions ranging from health care and social work to education and law.

2.  Jobs in other Countries - Many students have a desire to travel and work when they graduate from college. There are many opportunities for careers working abroad - International law and/or business; film/movie productions;  Event planning; Hotel management; Tourist management/guide; Pet sitting (that's right pet sitting has become one of the hottest new jobs in European countries.)

3.  Educational Requirement - In today's world of education, all major universities require students to complete at least a year's worth of study in a foreign language to enhance their knowledge and educational experience. It has long been recognized the value of expanded views that include knowledge of a foreign language and culture.

4. Graduate School - There are some "A-list" graduate schools that require a higher level of proficiency in a foreign language in order to be admitted into certain programs such as comparative literature and music studies.

5.  Personal Enjoyment - The very first time you are able to carry on a real conversation in a new language gives you a great sense of achievement and satisfaction. Learning about the unique traditions and interesting parts of a new culture is exciting and fun.

Bottom line- learning a new language will open your mind to new ideas and broader points of view. So, what are you waiting for? Just do it! Full speed ahead into your future. 

what can i do with a degree in world languages and cultures?

WLC Career paths