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World Languages & Cultures

Major Information

As globalization continues to advance and to unite countries throughout the world, proficiency in more than one language enhances marketability in many fields, such as international business, marketing and sales, shipping and logistics, tourism, law, healthcare, banking, education, journalism, philanthropy, and government work. The candidate for a job who is proficient in more than one language has a decided advantage over other candidates. In addition, proficiency in more than one language may translate into accelerated advancement throughout one’s career. The future is multilingual and multicultural.

General Information

Degree(s) Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in World Languages & Cultures
  • Master of Arts in Spanish

Concentrations:

  • Arabic Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Spanish Studies

Sample Occupations

  • Booking Agent
  • Community Organization Worker
  • Community-Relations
  • Employment Interviewer
  • Foreign Exchange Program Director
  • Foreign Export Marketer
  • Foreign Travel Escort Officer
  • Foreign Language Translator
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Student Advisor
  • Foreign Information Officer
  • Immigration Inspector
  • Writer/Technical Publications
  • Intelligence Specialist
  • International Broadcaster
  • International Relations Specialist
  • International-Trade Economist
  • Interpreter/Biographer
  • Linguistic Scientist
  • Manager, Industrial Development
  • Manager, World Trade
  • Radio Language Researcher
  • Special Agent – FBI/CIA
  • Teacher/Second Language
  • Teacher – college/high school
  • Tour Guide
  • Training Instructor

Sample Work Settings

  • Airports
  • Foreign Service Department
  • Government Agencies
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • News Bureaus
  • Library of Congress
  • Public relations firms
  • Consumer Affairs Office
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Visitor and Convention Bureaus
  • Hospitality & Tourism Industry
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Peace Corps
  • Import/Export Companies
  • Commerce Department
  • National Archives
  • Travel Agencies
  • Agency of International Development
  • United Nations
  • Schools & Dept. of Education
  • Advertising Departments and Agencies
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Air, Bus, and Rail Lines
  • Immigration and Naturalization Services
  • Financial Institutions/ Investment Firms

Connecting Majors, Skills, and Occupations

  • View learning outcomes associated with your major in the Georgia Southern Undergraduate Catalog:

http://catalog.georgiasouthern.edu/undergraduate/

  • Explore the connection between occupations and skills in O*Net:

www.onetonline.org

  • Use Handshake to upload your résumé and explore internships and jobs. For more information:

www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

Internet Resources

To explore values, interests, and skills:

FOCUS 2

bit.ly/focuscareer

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – $18

http://www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

To explore occupational outlooks and salaries:

National Compensation Survey

www.bls.gov/ncs/

National Association of College and Employers  (NACE) 

http://salary.com 

Professional Organizations

American Association of Language Specialists

http://www.taals.net/

National Council of Teachers of English

http://www.ncte.org/

American Translators Association

http://www.atanet.org/

Georgia Southern Student Organizations

  • Delta Phi Alpha
  • Spanish Club
  • French Club
  • German Club
  • Latin Club
  • Pi Delta Phi (French Honor Society)
  • Sigma Delta Pi (Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispanica)

Last updated: 3/21/2022