UST Explorer

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Month: September 2016

Major Spotlight: Foreign Languages and Literatures


The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (FLLT) is located in the College of Arts & Sciences, which offers undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Students complete a total of 124 credits to earn the B.A. in any of the following language studies: Ancient Greek & Roman, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Paper copies of the requirements for FLLT majors are available at the department office, 103 Jastak-Burgess Hall.

Second language proficiency is a marketable skill in a wide variety of occupations in today’s global economy. One possible career for a foreign language major is translator, someone who interprets information and shares it with other parties when people need to communicate who have limited or no proficiency in each other’s primary language. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a majority of translators in the U.S. work in the health care, legal, and educational systems. The median annual wage of translators was $43, 590 in 2014.

“If I Knew Then What I Know Now…” Student-to-Student Advice

college-pic“Learn how to balance a social life with your school life. Everyone has different goals; it’s up to you to personalize your college experience.”

– Biological Sciences Junior

“Make sure you get to know your advisor. They are a huge resource that many students fail to take advantage of. Go to their office hours, take classes with them, anything—the more they get to know you, the more they can help you to succeed both here at UD and in your future career.”

– International Relations Sophomore

Don’t be afraid to try new things and to step out of your comfort zone. I had a hard time adjusting to college, but having so many resources around truly helped; take advantage of everything offered. Find what you like and pursue it! If you end up not liking that major, then change it. There is no harm in trying different majors before you find what is right for you.

–  Marketing & Management Double Major

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