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Your Questions--Our Answers...


Why are job applicants with foreign language skills in demand?

Your future employer knows that you have a core set of skills and abilities in...


Human Relations

Critical Thinking

Problem Solving


With a Major (or Minor) in Foreign Languages, you are able to...

  • Communicate effectively in both written and spoken forms 
  • Communicate with a wider group of clients
  • Express and understand multiple viewpoints
  • Understand diverse lifestyles and customs
  • Adapt in a fast-changing and interdependent world
  • Think collaboratively
  • Be flexible in thinking and learning
  • Read critically
  • Present information logically
  • Offer creative solutions
  • Understand cultural differences
  • Exhibit cultural sensitivity and flexibility


What's the connection between cultural understanding and language learning?

Language preserves the history and traditions of a people, through speakers’ common understanding of the meanings of words, expressions, and texts. Only on a foundation of such insider knowledge can cultural understanding be achieved. (Source: Language Study in the Age of Globalization)


What can I do with this Major?

More and more businesses work closely with companies in other countries.

Also, within the US, an employer will see you as a bridge to new clients or customers. Many households speak a language other than English.

Just one example: In the Chicago metro area, at least 153 languages are spoken at home. 29 percent of the metro area population age 5 and over speak a language other than English at home. Check out the US Census data for other areas. 


What areas and employers are looking for my skills?

Check out the list on EIU's Career Services for Foreign Language majors.

What Can I Do With a Major in Foreign Languages

Or explore:

UniXL Education and Career Information Portal


Foreign Languages Jobs in the Federal Government

United States Department of Labor: Interpreters and Translators

National Security Agency

Central Intelligence Agency



Meet one of our recent graduates...

Read more on Emily Kovacik.  


I am interested in becoming a teacher.  How does the job market look for Foreign Language teachers?

Foreign Language teachers are in high demand. We have a 100% placement rate.

Read more on our Teacher Licensure page. 


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Department of Foreign Languages

Coleman Hall, First Floor
Fax: 217-581-3113

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