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When asked what one word best describes the Modern & Classical major at St. Thomas, a faculty member replied, "Exciting, Challenging and fulfilling."

What are recent grads doing now?

Recent grads have gone on to law school, medical school, veterinary school, advertising agencies, major corporations and a variety of other fields.  Several are working as K-12 language teachers in public and private schools.  Others are teachers of English as a Second Language in Spain, Guatemala, Paraguay, China. Another recent graduate with a double major in Business and Spanish went on to create a private language school that offers Spanish and Chinese.  Another is a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, West Africa, serving as a Community Economic Development Advisor.  Language majors have graduated and gone on to successful careers in many fields.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Students at UST have many opportunities to study languages worldwide and the department strongly encourages all minors and majors to study abroad for the longest time possible. Language majors have studied in Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and many other regions. Living and experiencing family and university life abroad helps students gain an in-depth, real-world knowledge of languages, customs, cultures, music, art, history, etc.

Faculty Involvement

Our faculty members research and teach on a variety of topics. Some research on the cultural and literary history of Europe, others Franco-Algerian relations and the French graphic novel, issues of conversion, metamorphosis, hybridity and monsters in literature. Others research and publish on linguistics, second language acquisition, politeness norms in Spanish and English, colonial and contemporary Latin American theater, the African diaspora in the Caribbean, issues of race, ethnicity, gender, power and privilege, and a wide variety of other topics, the Spanish Golden Age, society and culture, the writings of female members of Catholic religious orders and so on.

Internship Opportunities

Many of our majors and minors engage in internships during their study abroad experiences, working with community organizations and corporations in a wide range of fields while abroad.

What jobs are possible with Modern & Classical Languages major?

  • International and Corporate Law
  • International Business Management
  • Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. State Department
  • Peace Corps, International Red Cross, Green Peace and other NGOs
  • Intelligence Officer for the FBI, CIA, NSA, DEA, etc.
  • Cultural attaché for an embassy or consulate
  • Armed Forces – linguist, intelligence officer
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Court Interpreter
  • Public Relations/Advertising
  • Foreign Affairs Journalist/Foreign Correspondent
  • Public opinion analyst
  • Entertainment and Hotel Management
  • International Banking
  • Export/import representative
  • Foreign credit manager
  • Foreign purchasing agent
  • Travel bureau - Travel agent
  • Sales/marketing representative, localization specialist
  • Personnel/human resources
  • Health Care Professions
  • Social Worker
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