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Foreign Languages & Literature

What is Foreign Language? Related Career Titles
Related Major Skills Job & Internship Search Links
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Miscellaneous Resources Links UNCW Dept. of Foreign Languages & Literature

What is Foreign Languages & Literature?

Language plays a unique role in capturing the breadth of human diversity. We are constantly amazed by the variety of human thought, culture, society, and literature expressed in many thousands of languages around the world. We can find out what people think only through their language. We can find out what they thought in the past only if we read their written records. We can tell future generations about ourselves only if we speak or write to them.

Studying a foreign language can improve your cognitive and critical thinking abilities. Recent surveys indicate that more than 80 agencies of the federal government rely on professionals with intermediate to high-level competence in foreign languages. Foreign language study provides the ability to gain an understanding of the cultures of US trading partners. American multinational corporations and nongovernmental organizations need people with foreign language abilities. U.S. ability to compete effectively in global markets means that more and more businesses deal with companies in other countries. They need employees who can communicate in foreign languages and understand other cultures. An employer will see you as a bridge to new clients if you know their language.

Related Career Titles

Accountant FBI Agent Investment Analyst
Advertising Manager Filmmaker Journalist
Advertising Copywriter Finance Director Laboratory Technician
Air Traffic Assistant Financial Planning Assoc Lawyer
Archivist Foreign Diplomat Library Technician
Art Dealer Foreign Correspondent Linguist
Auditor Foreign Exchange Trader Media Specialist
Banking Correspondent Foreign Service Officer Missionary
Bilingual Officers/Clerks/Tellers Foreign Service Peacekeeper Multi-Lingual Port Receptionist
Bilingual Educator Foreign Service Specialist Museum Curator
Bookkeeper Foreign Social Worker Musician
Civil Service Employee Fund-Raiser National Security Agent
Commercial Loan Officer Human Resources Director Negotiator
Computer Systems Designer Importer/Exporter Overseas Personnel Manager
Consultant Intelligence Researcher Overseas Plant Manager
Copywriter Intelligence Specialist Paralegal
Court Interpreter Intn'l Account Manager Peace Corps Volunteer
Cultural Attaché International Banking Officer Performer/Video Artist
Cultural Officer Intent'l Conference Planner Pharmaceutical Rep.
Customs /Immigration Officer International Consultant Pharmacist
Drug Enforcement Agent International Hotel Admin. Police Officer
Editor International Trade Economist Politician
Escort/Interpreter/Guide Intern'l Trade Specialist Production Supervisor
Travel Agent Tour Organizer Scientific Transl/Interpreter Proofreader
Translator Senior Credit Analyst Public Health Administrator
Transport Equipment Manager Sports Agent Publishing Specialist
Travel Writer Teacher Quality Control Supervisor
UNESCO Official Telecommunications Sales Radio/TV Announcer
Writer TESO/ESL Teacher Reporter
Professor Theme Designer Salesperson
interpreter Scientific Linguist

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Related Major Skills

Speaking to groups Reading/writing another language
Clarifying ideas Writing clearly
Understanding historical language change Explaining complex concepts
Reading critically Interpreting data
Evaluating information Evaluating evidence
Comparing translations interpretations Gathering information
Working with original sources in many fields Organizing materials/information
Summarizing ideas Compiling/recording data
Evaluating results Collaborating as part of a team
Determining the needs of others Acknowledging value systems
Listening carefully Interviewing non-judgmentally
Designing instruments Reporting and editing
Establishing hypotheses Reading for content and structure
Working with research subjects Communicating between cultures
Understanding cultural diversity Assessing needs
Adapting to other cultures Weighing values

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Job & Internship Search Links

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Job Search Resources

Top Language Jobs

Asian-Jobs: Jobs for bilinguals who speak English & Asian Languages

Hispanic-Jobs: Jobs for bilingual/Spanish-speaking Professionals

Info on jobs in Spanish speaking world. Entire site written in Spanish 


Bilingual Jobs - Bilingual Professionals & Career Seekers

Overseas Jobs

World Hire Online

World Wide Employment Office

Footprints Recruiting


Saludos Web (Hispanic Careers and Education)

Multilingual Vacancies

Bilingual Career

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Career Planning Links

Candid Career Videos

Occupational Outlook Handbook

O*NET OnLine

NC Tower

Careers in Foreign Languages


German Links


University of California Berkeley

Professional Association Links

Foreign Language Associations

American Translators Association

Modern Language Association

American Association for Applied Linguistics

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Miscellaneous Resources

This free site will translate text or web sites back and forth between English and Spanish, French, German, Italian or Portuguese.

The Electronic Embassy

Web of Culture (information of different cultures)



United Nations

Agora Language Marketplace

National Capital Language Resource Center

American Field Service (AFS)

All About Spain

Small Business Association (in Spanish)

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