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Benefits of studying foreign language

WHY Study a Foreign Language?

At so many universities around the country, students are minoring in foreign languages to be more marketable. By studying Spanish, the second most widely-spoken language in the United States, you will be able to compete with fellow graduates and have one-up on those who do not have the cultural or linguistic competency that accompanies studying a foreign language. Give yourself that extra edge when it comes to the job market!

A Spanish minor accompanying any field of study will be beneficial. Employment opportunities for students who study foreign language are found in fields such as:

  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Marketing
  • Law
  • Criminal Justice
  • Business
  • Government and Foreign Affairs
  • Communications
  • Travel Services

Link to MLA language map:  http://arcgis.mla.org/mla/default.aspx

Link to MLA pages on benefits of knowing other languages: http://www.adfl.org/resources/knowing_other_languages.htm

As highlighted on Youngstown State University’s webpage, there is a demand in Business and Government, especially, when it comes to knowledge and command of a foreign language:

  • Business
  • Government
    • The demand for foreign language skills, particularly in Arabic, Korean, Chinese, Farsi, Russian, Urdu and Spanish, is so great that the government is willing to repay up to $10,000/year of your student loans, to offer competitive salaries and signing bonuses of up to $7500 for jobs in the National Security Agency, and to give away full-ride scholarships to qualified individuals through the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Program and the National Security Education Program. (“Foreign Language Jobs in the Federal Government.” MakingtheDifference.Org.)