Connecting Across Cultures
Chart your own unique path through a curriculum rich in linguistic, cultural, literary, and professional experiences. Broaden your horizons and explore your world--in more than one language and through a variety of cultural perspectives. Develop language and intercultural skills that will enable you to succeed in positions that demand the ability to communicate effectively, reason critically, solve problems creatively, and work on culturally diverse teams.
Key Benefits of this Degree
- Connect with people and resources through our state-of-the-art Language Resource Center, which pairs GC students with peer tutors and conversation partners and with students at partner universities abroad.
- Explore global cultures through faculty-led summer study abroad programs and virtual linguistic and cultural exchanges with universities in France, Germany, Spain, and Colombia.
- Bond with students, faculty, and staff who are passionate about languages and cultures through events such as International Conversation Coffee Hour, held three times per semester.
- Network with other World Language majors and develop leadership skills through our student clubs and professional organizations
What can my career look like with this degree?
Georgia College students hold bilingual story time
Exposure to a second language doesn’t usually begin until high school. By then, too many are fearful of new territory and have built barriers. Not young children. Like a sponge, they’re eager to absorb new experiences.
Career Paths for World Languages Majors
GRADUATES HAVE GONE ON TO:
- Fulbright Fellowships
- Teaching Assistantships in Spain and France
- Jobs with Netflix, CNN, Delta, Geico
- Careers in Health, Business, and Education
- Graduate Studies in Law, Medicine, Business, Biology, and Library Science
Students of Languages and Cultures are in High Demand:
- 78% of employers seek intercultural skills/understanding of societies and cultures outside the US.
- 60% of job postings view language education as a differentiator among candidates.
- 56% of U.S. employers said their foreign language demand would increase in the next five years.
- Salaries in the medical field are generally 5-20% higher for bilingual employees.
- Translators and interpreters are among the "15 fastest-growing occupations," with a projected growth of 24% from 2020 to 2030.
- Spanish (85%) and French (22%) are among the most in-demand foreign-languages in the US.
Did you Know?
- 9 out of 10 U.S. employers report a reliance on employees with language skills other than English.
- 42% of U.S. employers say they're experiencing a shortage in Spanish skills.
- France ranks among the top five nations for job-creating investment in Georgia.
- French firms are responsible for 23,300 Georgia jobs, with companies like Airbus, Groupe PSA, Michelin, Imerys, Safran, and Saint-Gobain operating in the state and Orange and Peugeot choosing Atlanta for their North American headquarters.
Sources: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Making Languages Our Business: Addressing Foreign Language Demand Among U.S. Employers, Report: France Among Georgia’s Top Investors by Job Creation