Modern Language and Literature students graduate with real world language proficiency and a cultural knowledge that give them a unique edge in the global economy as they step into their futures. Our graduates succeed in careers in translation, interpreting, business, international relations, law, education, health professions, technology and finance. Those using a second language in their jobs enjoy an average of 8% higher earnings over their monolingual colleagues.

Studying another language will definitely increase your employment opportunities and will prepare you to succeed in careers such as:

  • International relations
  • Business
  • Law
  • Education
  • Philanthropy
  • Public policy
  • Social services
  • Health professions
  • Technology
  • Finance

Our alumni find many ways to pursue their passions and build a successful career using their knowledge of a second language. A recent survey of Modern Languages and Literature graduates found that our alumni are working for companies and organizations that include:

  • amFAR
  • The San Diego Padres
  • Entertainment Voice Magazine
  • Internews
  • Kiva Microfinance
  • The Cordes Foundation
  • Relief International
  • Deloitte DTBA
  • Merrill Lynch
  • LinkedIn
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation


Whatever profession you enter, learning another language opens the door to a new culture, and new way of seeing the world. In our increasingly global society, the value of being able to communicate with people from different cultures and nations cannot be overestimated.

emma tully
Success After Pacific
Emma Tully

Emma majored in Spanish and international studies, and she's taking what she has learned to help immigrants as an interpreter in a law firm.

"I did a combination of majors within the Spanish department and the School of International Studies as well as anthropology. I knew at a very young age that I wanted to learn more about the world and globalization, language and how it works. I felt like the School of International Studies would provide that."