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World Languages and Cultures

A Double Major May Be Easier Than You Think

Did you know?

  • Employers love to hire double majors with degrees in liberal arts and business, engineering, marketing, and sciences. A double major says: You have developed the soft skills such as communication skills, which makes for a winning combination in today's job market.
  • Upgrading a Language Minor to a Major is easier than you think. Tip for success: As a freshman, keep a language class on your schedule. Whether you studied a language for 2 years or 4  years in high school, protect your investment right from the start.


What does it take to double major?

FLS/F/G 2201G Intermediate Spanish/French/German I

FLS/F/G  2202G Intermediate Spanish/French/German II

With 4 or more years of high school study, you could start at the 3000-level.


Difference between Minor and Major in a Foreign Language...

Minor:  12 credits (electives) on 3000/4000 level

See Minor requirements.

Major: 21 credits (electives) on 3000/4000 level

3 FLE courses. These can be courses with an international or multicultural component taken in your other major/other departments. 

2 semesters (1101 and 1102) of another language

See Major requirements


Study Abroad...

Earn credits abroad and jump ahead!  Short term or a semester.


Spring Break in Guatemala:     2 Spanish credits (faculty-led program).

4 weeks Costa Rica:                6 Spanish credits (faculty-led and customized).

One semester abroad:            15-20 credits. Check out our partner schools in France, Germany, Spain, Costa Rica, and Ecuador. 



Maya Hunter (Political Science; BA in Foreign Languages, French) 

Maya3Maya is a Junior double majoring in Political Science and Foreign Languages. Her plans are to attend a graduate program in International Relations, where she hopes that her knowledge of French and Turkish will allow her to focus on issues concerning North Africa and the Middle East. Maya knows that her foreign language education will improve her chances of finding work in any field, but has plans to work as a foreign correspondent to areas of conflict and later apply for a consular position in the U.S. Foreign Service.







Alysh Oetzel (Communication Disorders and Sciences; BA in Foreign Languages, Spanish)

Alysh 3Alysh graduated from EIU in December of 2018. She feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to earn two bachelor's degrees; one in Spanish and the other in Communication Disorders and Sciences. Alysh plans to attend graduate school to further her studies and become a bilingual speech-language pathologist. As a long term goal, Alysh hopes to provide Spanish services to children in the public school system.












Dominika Charczuk (Psychology; BA in Foreign Languages, Spanish)

Dominika Charczuk"I am a Senior with a Psychology major and have declared Spanish as my second major. I would like to go to graduate school for Industrial Organizational Psychology. Deciding to major in Foreign Languages is one of the best decisions I have made because it opens doors to so many opportunities. Today, people that are able to speak more than one language are more likely to get hired for jobs they desire.


After finishing graduate school I would like to utilize my experience from studying abroad and learning about different cultures and work for an international company. This way, I would be able to combine my love for traveling and interest in other cultures with being an IO Psychologist."




Steven Kutz (Political Science; BA in Foreign Languages, German)

kutz HamburgUpon graduation from EIU, Steven was commissioned as an Army officer. In this capacity, Steven used German to organize multinational medical and desert warfare training with German and French allies, while deployed to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa. Steven achieved proficiency certification (B2) through both the Goethe Institute and the U.S. Army. German continues to create unique opportunities and experiences for him, both personally and professionally.

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