Department of Modern Languages

A New Way to See the World

Do you dream about studying abroad, traveling the world, or even working overseas? Make all those goals possible through language skills that allow deeper access and understanding to other cultures. Learning a foreign language at Saint Mary’s is an immersive experience in which you come to appreciate another culture’s history, literature, current events, music, art, and gender dynamics while you study a language.

A World of Opportunity

Research shows that bilingual employees can earn as much as 20 percent more than their coworkers AND have greater opportunities for travel and career advancement. Learning a language opens up opportunities and increases your marketability in almost any field: export/import in Shanghai, Dubai, or Buenos Aires; teaching English as a second language (ESL) in Europe; the fashion industry in Milan or Paris; interpreting at the U.N.; joining the US Foreign Service; working with refugees in Berlin or with an NGO in the Congo; or even joining Doctors Without Borders.

  • 85%of modern language majors study abroad
  • ↑Incomebilingual employees can earn 5–20% more
  • 95%of graduates get degrees in just four years

When Studying Abroad Changes Your Life

Double Your Potential

Languages are a fantastic major or minor to add to your chosen field. They pair perfectly with a bachelor's degree in business, degrees in international and global studies, political science, pre-law tracks, and nearly anything else. We also have options for students who want to expand their options in education to become ESL and/or bilingual teachers.

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Helen Kovach, Class of 2017

“I love to travel and see the world. Saint Mary's has given me those opportunities.”
— Helen Kovach ’17