Modern Languages

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Careers in Languages

What can I do with a language degree?

A degree in languages opens up an entire world of employment opportunities, and graduate students will find it invaluable if their field requires primary research outside of the United States.  While a second (or third!) language is incredibly useful as a secondary skill in service professions like nursing, therapy, and legal counseling, it also opens the door to businesses world-wide.  Graduates of the Washburn Modern Languages department have worked or done research in France, Argentina, Spain and many other countries.  Additionally, there are many diverse and exciting careers which feature languages as a primary focus, including:

  • Translator or Interpreter
  • Educator (here in the United States or abroad)
  • Diplomat or other Cultural Attaché
  • Travel Agent or Tour Guide

Communication skills, and a strong desire to bridge cultural and linguistic gaps, are cornerstones of careers in language-centric fields.  Conquering language barriers begins with a desire to broaden one's horizons and regularly step out of one's comfort zone.  Facility with language allows one to express oneself, and it can be frustrating to not be able to do so -- a sense of humor goes a long way when you're in a foreign country and can't remember how to order eggs for breakfast!  A successful student in languages accepts this, and has the ability to approach such situations with humor, grace, and humility.