Explore Academic Programs - Modern Languages


Language study today encompasses more than the literature, but also the culture and media of the people who use a given language. It includes understanding the socioeconomic, political and educational systems of a particular language group. A major in modern language will prepare students for further study and to go on to build careers in business, international relations, medicine, education, non-governmental humanitarian work, tourism, film-making, social work, criminal justice, court interpreting, FBI and CIA and other U.S. government careers.


Careers, Potential Earnings & Market Growth Rates

Secondary Education (Teacher)*

Potential Earnings: $57,200 annually

Market Growth Rate: Average (5 - 8 %)

Interpreter/translator

Potential Earnings: $44,190 annually

Market Growth Rate: Much faster than average (14% or higher)

Travel Guide

Potential Earnings: $34,180 annually

Market Growth Rate: Little or no change (-1 to 1%)

Public Health Worker

Potential Earnings: $36,300 annually

Market Growth Rate: Much faster than average (14% or higher)

Cultural Anthropologist

Potential Earnings: $61,220 annually

Market Growth Rate: Slower than average (2 - 4%)


Degrees and Certificates

The Associate of Arts degree in modern language requires 60 hours of coursework including 42 hours of core curriculum requirements, 14 hours of foreign language and the remaining coursework in fine arts, anthropology and one physical activity (KINE) course.

Delivery Mode

Associate of Arts degree-modern language

60 credit hours, four semesters full time.