Languages provide a job advantage in a global economy. More and more businesses work closely with companies in other countries and need workers who can communicate in different languages and understand other cultures. In today's global environment, the knowledge of other languages and cultures is an absolute necessity, not only for economic and political survival, but also for international cooperation in dealing with problems facing the world today. If you have an interest in speaking French and Spanish fluently, or a third language, our two languages major is for you. Language training, integrated with a rich understanding of literatures, cultures and history, results in an acquired appreciation and understanding of other people and cultures. Given today's global economy, two languages majors have many career avenues to choose from after graduation.
Perks of Being a Two Language Major
- International study
A critical component of the foreign language experience, you will participate in one (or more) of our international education programs - short-term faculty-led study tours, language immersion, study abroad or international internships. Whether you choose France, Spain, Costa Rica or Peru (to name a few), you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself first-hand in language and culture.
- Thrive in today's global economy
Fluency in a language other than your own is key to understanding and fully participating in today's global economy. In addition, being a foreign language major assures a holistic appreciation of cultural patterns and linguistic excellence.
- Earn your teaching licensure
You can choose to earn a licensure to teach foreign language through coordination with the Cato School of Education.
You will have the opportunity to intern at a diverse group of sites including:
- Overseas aid agencies
- Drug Enforcement Agency
- Library of Congress
- U.S. State Department
- The United Nations
- Corporations with foreign subsidiaries
- Law firms
- Schools and universities
- Healthcare organizations
- Foreign news agencies
- Non-profit organizations
"Queens provided me with the flexibility to study abroad to master my language skills. My decision to study the Spanish language has served me in every job I have had. Spanish is not simply something to study, but a skill that will serve those who develop it for the rest of their lives." - Rebecca Garate '05
When You Graduate
Many of our two languages majors go on to graduate schools and rewarding careers in a number of fields including business, translation and interpretation, foreign service, education, tourism, law, diplomacy and government service, public policy, communications, tourism, journalism and non-profits.
"Learning Spanish and studying abroad in Costa Rica while at Queens motivated me to continue my education overseas, where I studied eco-innovation in France. I totally advocate learning languages and then doing a study abroad in that language. It can really change how you feel, see and interact in the world." - Ellie Ramm '09