Catelin Shontz at her desk Catelin Shontz, BS in Marketing with minors in French and statistics, is an Internet marketing specialist for WebpageFX in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. "I have had the opportunity to provide search engine optimization and pay-per-click ad services to clients in French! It's definitely challenging, but nothing that my college experience didn't teach me that I could handle," she said.

Foreign Languages are the Gateway to International Careers and Teaching

Your ability to speak at a given level of proficiency in a foreign language is invaluable if you want a career in international business, diplomacy, communications, journalism, or teaching. Even if you don't travel, your proficiency in a foreign language will open doors in government agencies, cultural organizations, and corporations.


With a major or minor in foreign languages, you will have a competitive advantage. Here are just some of the careers that look for people who bring the added value of speaking another language:

  • Arts and arts management
  • Consultancy
  • Diplomacy
  • Financial institutions and banks
  • Hospitality management
  • Human resources
  • International organizations
  • Journalism
  • K-12 teacher
  • Media and marketing
  • Politics
  • Public service
  • Tourism
  • Trade
  • Translation and interpretation

Path to Higher Degrees

The opportunities to go on to graduate studies are numerous. Consider pursuing master's and doctorates in specific foreign language studies, as well as other programs such as Human Resources and Employment Relations, Safety Sciences, Sociology, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).