Modern Languages

Transferable Skills that Modern Language Majors Develop: 
In addition to the specific subject matter that Modern Language majors learn, they acquire many skills that can easily transfer to any subject matter.  The following is a list of some of the transferable skills that Modern Language majors develop:

Reading critically 
Evaluating information and evidence
Acquiring new perspective about one's own culture
Understanding how ideas shape cultures, vice versa
Acknowledging value systems
Summarizing ideas  
Working with original sources in many fields
Determining the needs of others
Writing clearly  
Explaining complex concepts  
Reading for content and structure 
Communicating between cultures
Establishing hypotheses  
Adapting to other cultures
Understanding and appreciating diversity  
Interpreting data
Collaborating as part of a team

Possible job titles for modern language majors:
Academic Exchange Specialist
College/University Official
Foreign Correspondent
Foreign Service Officer
Intelligence Specialist
International Banking Officer
International Relations Specialist
International Trade Economist
International Visitor Exchange Specialist
Speech Pathologist 
Special Agent
Tour Guide
Travel Agent

Types of employers:
Academic & Professional Journals
Advertising & Public Relations Firms
Business & Industry
Educational Institutions
Film Companies
Fund-Raising Firms
Government Agencies
Import/Export Companies
Investment Firms
Magazines & Newspapers
Publishing Companies
Travel Agencies
United Nations 

Resources in the Career Library:

Vault Career Guide to International Careers, by Sally Christia and the staff of Vault
Great Jobs for Foreign Language Majors, by Julie DeGalan and Stephen Lambert 

Visit the HSC Modern Language Department web site or catalogue!

Other sources of career information:
Career counselors and faculty members are great resources.  Visit the Career Development Office early and often, and make time to talk to professors in your major and related fields.  Ask at the Career Development Office for help locating Hampden-Sydney alums in career fields that interest you and set up informational interviews with them. Professional associations are excellent sources of career and employment information, and many of them have websites.  Surf the internet, keeping in mind that many colleges and universities have websites for their Career Centers and for each academic major, many of which include career and employment information as well as links to professional associations and other useful websites.  Contact the following organizations and websites for more information:

American Association of Teachers of French

American Translators Association

Institute of Translation and Interpreting

Linguistic Enterprises

Modern Language Association of America

Society of Federal Linguists

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)