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Language Studies

Overview

In a world brought ever closer by technology, trade and transportation, fluency in a foreign language will make a tremendous difference in your earning power, how high you can climb the corporate ladder, and your ability to expand your professional and personal networks.

The study of language will help you understand the world better, become more culturally sensitive, and train you to adjust to new environments quickly. Learning languages will improve your writing and train you to look at things from many points of view.

At Hofstra, we offer majors or minors in 12 languages through two academic departments: Romance Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature, Languages and Linguistics. All our language programs are designed to give you an education in both foreign language and culture. Cultural fluency and sensitivity is essential for virtually every industry, including banking, information technology, healthcare, education, law, media, marketing and public relations.

Many students pair their language studies with another major. Some examples of recent double majors that include language studies are psychology, biology, pre-health studies, economics, and global studies. In particular, many language students do a co-major in foreign language education to prepare for a career as a secondary school teacher. Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Education reported that there are foreign language teacher shortages in 41 states.

Study abroad programs also are a big part of our language programs, and you'll be encouraged to travel internationally to immerse yourself in the country and culture of the language you're studying. In fact, many of our language students go on to pursue global teaching opportunities and prestigious international fellowships, such as the Fulbright grants, a federal program that funds research, study and teaching opportunities in more than 140 countries around the world.

Curriculum

Hofstra offers majors, minors and significant coursework in a dozen languages, and if you major in one of Hofstra's language programs, you'll take additional classes in a variety of disciplines that relate to the language you're studying, including art, literature, history, political science, and religion.

In addition, there are two interdisciplinary programs that mesh well as a minor with language studies:

  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies, which examines the region's geography, politics, economies, histories, cultures and literatures.
  • Asian Studies, which provides students with an interdisciplinary grounding in the history and cultures of Asia.

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Hofstra students who graduate with a degree in language have a competitive edge in the workforce. They have the ability to deal with an international clientele, can represent their employer abroad, and are open to job and academic opportunities around the globe.

Our recent language major alumni are working both in the U.S. and abroad, in government, private industry, and the non-profit sector in a variety of roles, including teaching, translating, editing, banking and finance. Among the organizations our graduates are working for:

  • Peace Corps
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Tutor Perini
  • EBSCO Information Services
  • Multilingual Word
  • Publisher's Clearing House
  • Wiley Publishing
  • Teach for America
  • NYC Teaching Fellows
  • Worldlink Ventures, Inc.
  • U.S Environmental Protection Agency

In addition, our graduates have been awarded prestigious Fulbright grants to continue their studies at universities abroad, and are also pursuing graduate degrees at such institutions as:

  • Columbia University
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Yeshiva University
  • College of William and Mary
  • University of Kent, Canterbury
  • University of Colorado, Denver
  • SUNY Stony Brook University
  • Hofstra University
  • East China Normal University
  • University of Iowa
  • University Of Vermont

For more details about alumni outcomes, go to the School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts outcomes page and search for a specific language major.

FOR ALL LANGUAGE MAJORS

99% are employed, grad school or both
94% accept a position within six months
$36K median salary

Internships/Experience

students

All students are encouraged to participate in a study abroad program at some point during their time at Hofstra. When a young person is immersed in a foreign culture and experiences the world from a new perspective, the result can be transformational.

Hofstra's study abroad offerings include Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, China, Cuba, England, Florence, France, Ireland, Japan, Spain, and Venice, during the winter and summer intersessions.

In addition to coursework and study abroad programs, students may add an internship to their academic experience at Hofstra. More than half of Hofstra students majoring in a language complete at least one - the average is 2.5. Some examples of internship opportunities include:

  • MSNBC
  • NYC Department of Education
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Aequora at The New York Public Library
  • Health Leads
  • National Italian American Foundation
  • NeuLion
  • No-Boundaries' International Art Exhibition
  • Silvercup Studios
  • Valley Stream School District
  • West Hempstead School District
  • Macmillan Learning
  • South Shore Bank

Language studies are also complemented by seminars, lectures and other campus programming presented by the academic departments, the Hofstra Cultural Center and the Office of Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion. Professors take advantage of the university's proximity to New York City, and arrange for trips to plays, museum exhibitions, film screenings, and tours of ethnic neighborhoods.

We also have various student organizations and honor societies on campus, among them are Hofstra Hillel, the Nippon Culture Society, the Hofstra University Hellenic Society, Lushan Society, Gamma Kappa Alpha (the national Italian honor society), Pi Delta Phi (the national French honor society) and Sigma Delta Pi (the national Spanish honor society).