Modern Language Studies

Ohayōgozaimasu. quoi de neuf? kak dela? Are you passionate about learning new languages and can you knock out Duolingo modules like a boss? If you’d like to learn about linguistics, traditions and cultures that are different than your own, then you may want to consider earning a degree in Modern Language Studies.

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UTSA’s Modern Language Studies Program

UTSA’s Modern Language Studies degree will provide you with the opportunity to study the various cultural aspects of a language area and is available in French, German, Japanese and Russian. The curriculum aims to develop skills, knowledge and awareness within these cultures and will prepare you to address the growing demands brought by globalization. This degree offers a well-rounded humanistic education that will help you land careers in national security, public service, teaching, international business, banking, international media, tourism, foreign relations and publishing.

Careers in Modern Language Studies

Top job titles for Modern Language Studies graduates include:

• Interpreter
• Proofreader
• Independent Contractor
• Linguist
• Content Coordinator

Modern Language Studies and its related career pathways are currently in higher than average demand in San Antonio in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Los Angeles, CA, Boston, MA and Washington D.C. More than 144,000 modern language studies-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Career Opportunities

Marketable Skills

Industries for Modern Language Studies Graduates

Modern Language Studies is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of modern language studies-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Professional and Technical Services
• General Hospitals
• Employment Services
• Elementary and Secondary Schools

Salaries for Modern Language Studies Graduates

The salary range for open modern language studies-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $33,690
median $47,128
top 10% $68,878

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Modern Language Studies Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a Modern Language Studies graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Modern Language Studies may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy working with others
• You like helping people
• You are bilingual
• You are detail oriented
• You are well organized

Student Life

UTSA’s Modern Language Studies degree will provide you with the opportunity to study the various cultural aspects of a language area and is available in French, German, Japanese and Russian. The curriculum aims to develop skills, knowledge and awareness within these cultures and will prepare you to address the growing demands brought by globalization. This degree offers a well-rounded humanistic education that will help you land careers in national security, public service, teaching, international business, banking, international media, tourism, foreign relations and publishing. Students studying Modern Languages may consider becoming involved in:

  • Chinese Language and Culture Club
  • The Italian Cultural Society at The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • TexLER
  • Hillel
  • The Korean Culture Club
  • Organization of Russian Studies
  • Sky at UTSA

Student Spotlight

Mariam Kerfai ’18

Modern Language Studies Major

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