Oregon State University

Foreign Languages

What is Foreign Language? Related Careers
Related Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links Professional Association Links
Miscellaneous Links OSU Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures

What is Foreign Language

The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at OSU "offers a range of programs at different university levels in language, cultural studies, linguistics, literature, and teacher education aimed at giving students a sense of world citizenry and preparing them for careers in internationally-related fields. 

"Our roots are in the humanities and so our ambition is to furnish you the necessary tools and sensitivity to function in a multicultural world. This means gaining insight into the values of other cultures as well as examining our own individual cultural perspectives.

"The department is committed to real-life applications of language acquisition and supports small classes with a focus on interactive learning...In today’s world, knowing other languages is often a necessity for success. Developing language competence will strengthen the credentials of students planning careers in any of the following fields: international business, foreign affairs, non-government organizations, environmental science, public health, law enforcement, education, social services, among many others."

Foreign Language - What Can I Do with This Degree? pdf - lists the industry areas, employers, and strategies for using your degree.

Related Careers

Advertising Copywriter Global Sales Communications Specialist
Archivist Hotel Manager
Auto Claims Representative Human Resources Support Analyst
Bilingual Counselor Import/Export Representative
Bilingual Publishing Assistant International Adoption Coordinator
Business Development Analyst International Banking Officer
Buyer International Conference Planner
Child & Family Specialist Interpreter
Children's Activities Coordinator Language Teacher
CIA/FBI Agent Linguist
Claims Representative Marketing Coordinator
Communications Specialist Medical Interpreter
Community Affairs Specialist Missionary
Community Coordinator News Reporter
Community Support Specialist Peace Corps Volunteer
Correctional Officer Professor
Court Interpreter Proofreader
Cultural Officer Public Opinion Analyst
Customer Services Representative Publicity Assistant
Customs/Immigration Officer Researcher
Embassy Personnel Social Worker
Family Advocate Speech Pathologist
Flight Attendant Tour Guide
Foreign Correspondent Translator
Foreign Film Dubber Travel Agent
Foreign Language Tutor Web Developer
Foreign Student Advisor Writer/Author
Foreign Trade Analyst Youth Specialist

Related Skills

Ability to Communicate Complex Concepts (Often in Other Languages) Interact with Diverse Populations
Acknowledge & Adapt to Other Cultures Interpersonal Skills
Analysis Aptitude Research Skills
Communication (Oral & Written) Speak Multiple Languages Fluently

Job & Internship Search Links

USAJobs.gov - check out the Students and Recent Grads section and the Federal Jobs by College Major for a listing of job titles related to your major.

Bilingual-Jobs - provides job listings for different languages.

Linguistic Funland -offers resources and information for individuals who seek to teach English overseas.

English Teaching Abroad

English International

O Hayo Sensei - Teach in Japan

Teach English Abroad

Bilingual Job Search

Dave's ESL Cafe

International Jobs Center

Jobs Abroad

Language Corps

Diversity Jobs

Overseas Jobs

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook -  the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

What Can I do with a Major in Foreign Language? - CareerThoughts.com has a similar page to this one, which includes career options, expected salary, and job outlook information.

Education Portal - foreign language degree descriptions and what you can do with your major.

Omniglot - careers using foreign languages.

World Languages & Culture - provides information on what to do with your language major.

AnthroTECH - provides an extensive listing of internet resources related to the study of culture.

Foreign Language Jobs

What does an Interpreter do?

Language Education

What Can I do With a Major in Foreign Language?

Professional Association Links

American Association of Museums - provides resources and information related to museums.

American Folklore Society - offers resources and information relevant to the study of folklore, with job listings in academic and non-academic settings.

Americas Society - offers resources and information related to the cultures of neighbors in the Western Hemisphere, with jobs related to international and cultural affairs.

Center for Applied Linguistics

American Translators Association

National Association for Bilingual Education

Miscellaneous Links

Language Online

Foreign Language News & Newspapers

Question not answered?

Please contact Career Services for assistance by phone or email: