“While English is often referred to as the language of business, nothing compares to being able to converse with a business partner in their own language. Even knowing a related language—for example, being fluent in French when doing business in Italy or Spain—can help increase your credibility.” – Arvid Johnson, PhD, Dean of the Brennan School of Business, Dominican University
No matter what your major, a foreign language minor adds depth and richness to your college experience.
As Dean Johnson notes, a foreign language minor makes a wonderful complement to a business major. Language knowledge helps prepare the student to work in a variety of settings, either in this country or abroad.
Students planning to attend graduate school in the arts or sciences may find the ability to read, speak and write another language helpful in understanding their field of study and forging new professional connections.
Students involved in the helping professions like education, psychology and social work will encounter students and clients whose primary language is not English. Having language skills will undoubtedly increase your marketability. But more importantly, you’ll be able to communicate more clearly with the people you are trying to help.
“In education, the need for language expertise extends beyond the foreign language classroom. As the population in schools becomes more diverse, the need for teachers and staff speaking others’ languages increases.” – Debra Vinci-Minogue, EdD, Assistant Professor of Education
Dominican’s Modern Foreign Language major programs offer courses leading to a secondary teaching certificate. This qualifies graduates to teach in the Illinois public and private school systems.
The secondary teaching certificate is available to French, Italian and Spanish majors.
“Knowing French ensured I was hired by an international bank, where I was able to help market products—and travel—around the world.” – Jeff Kraft, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Dominican University
From the capitals of Europe to major American cities like New York and Chicago—and everywhere in between—increasingly businesses and educators are competing in an international marketplace. The number of career opportunities for foreign language majors, both at home and around the world, is growing every day.
Within the Chicago metropolitan area alone, Dominican University foreign language graduates might work in international corporations, government, manufacturing, travel and transportation or education.
Foreign language majors tend to be curious and eager to meet new people and experience new situations. Employers welcome employees with these traits, so the career possibilities are almost endless.
Combining foreign language study with business or education coursework increases graduates’ career options even more. But interested students should seek faculty guidance early to ensure timely completion of all degree requirements.