"Our linguistic and cultural myopia is losing us friends, business and respect in the world."
J. William Fulbright
"To speak a single language is to be enclosed in one cultural possibility–to be preordained to live in the linguistic and cultural cage into which you are born."
In today's global market, the career opportunities for students who have acquired skills in one or more foreign languages are virtually limitless. In addition to preparing students for careers in primary and secondary teaching or for continued language study at the graduate level, knowledge of world languages and cultures is a strong asset and an increasingly essential skill in the following career fields:
- business, economics, finance, and marketing
- export/import, and trade
- health care and nursing
- government and international affairs
- foreign service
- teaching (immersion schools, elementary, middle school, high school, college)
- translating and interpreting
- the ministry
- missionary work
- music and art careers
- environmental and non-profit organizations
- Peace Corps
Knowledge of a modern foreign language combined with a chosen field, moreover, will give students a significant competitive edge in the job market. Of equal importance are the many non-commercial benefits one gains by studying a foreign language and the culture, history and literature of another country. Many students major or minor in a foreign language strictly for the enjoyment of learning about a different culture and language, and for building international friendships.