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Department of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures
What can I do with a foreign language degree?

A proficiency in a language other than English will not only help you stand out in the job market, but it will also help you thrive in today's global society. From business and communications to health care and law, you'll possess the communication and cultural competency skills employers look for in their applicants.         

Our graduates go on to enjoy success in a variety of career fields, such as:

  • Business
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Government
  • Medicine
  • Law

A foreign language degree is also excellent preparation for graduate studies at the master's or doctoral level.


Internships and Practicums

Our faculty will work with you to develop an individualized curriculum related to a professional internship experience. Alongside your career internship, you'll have the opportunity to earn course credit toward your language degree. This combination of a high-impact professional experience with language-learning maximizes the practical application of linguistic and intercultural competencies, giving you a real-life edge in the labor market.

Examples of what our students are doing include:

  • Religious translation with the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, AL
  • Global outreach ambassador in Perú with Unbound
  • Spanish-language broadcasting with Telemundo
  • Medical interpreting with Lee Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Food services translation with Chicken Salad Chick
  • Supply chain management with Lockheed Martin (defense contracting)
  • Social work in Ecuador with Hacienda de Hope youth center
  • Global finances with J.A. Dawson (playground equipment)
  • Bilingual banking with Wyndam Capital


Interdisciplinary Research

Interdisciplinary research gives you the opportunity to work closely with individual faculty members on specialized and original projects. You'll receive valuable one-on-one mentoring from our faculty, who will help bring your scholarly or creative project from a concept to fruition. Such collaborative efforts have led to poster presentations at conferences, 3-minute thesis competition, published creative and scholarly works and performances in the target language of study.

Examples of student research projects include:

  • 2020 Research Symposium, "Comparatively Assessing Characteristics of Hispanic Literary Characters Using the Enneagram Personality Profiles,” Emory Alexander 
  • 2019 First-place award Research Symposium Poster Presentation: "Ay,cómo me duele...The effects of language barriers in accessing quality healthcare for Latina women in rural areas,” Katelyn Day
  • 2019 Research Symposium Poster Presentation: "Latino Leaders: A Comparative Study of Cultural Influence as Applied to the Strengthsfinder Methodology," Megan Thompson
  • 2018 First-place award Research Week Poster Presentation: "Task-Based Learning: A Pedagogical Approach to Second Language Acquisition (Case Study in Business Spanish)," Peyton Camp


Other Opportunities

Visit the Auburn University Office of International Programs for other post-graduate employment opportunities.


For further help with your resume, internship/job placement or general career advice, contact the CLA Office of Career Services.