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The Compass: The Newsletter of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences
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Career opportunities

If you are interested in a people-oriented career, you may wish to consider a profession in foreign languages. The demand for foreign language teachers as well as for people in international careers with a knowledge of foreign languages and cultures has increased substantially over the last decade. The Spanish Major at Rowan University provides students with many career options. Students may choose to have a Coordinate Major in Spanish in order to teach at the elementary school level. Those wishing to teach at the secondary school level and major in Spanish have the option of completing a secondary certification program. Students who complete any of the language programs offered by the Department may also choose to work in international business, trade and finance, human and social services, law enforcement or travel and tourism.

New Jersey and the greater Delaware Valley offer ample employment opportunities for foreign language graduates. There is a large number of internationally-oriented companies located in the area including subsidiaries of foreign companies. Financial institutions, social and legal agencies, hospitals, hotels, casinos and airlines are also looking for personnel with foreign language training. Graduates can likewise gain employment as translators or interpreters with state and federal agencies such as the courts, FBI, CIA, State Department, Immigration and Naturalization and Customs Agencies.

For more information about the benefits and importance of studying foreign languages as well as related career options, click on the following brochures of the Modern Language Association:

What can I do with a degree in foreign languages?

"Knowing Other Languages Brings Opportunities"

"Language Study in the Age of Globalization: The College-Level Experience"