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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 are also 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.

The organizations our graduates are working for include:

  • ACLD (Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities)
  • Bellmore Union Free School District
  • Burma Task Force USA
  • Dawn Pipek Guidone & Associates
  • Duck Creek Technologies
  • EBSCO Information Services
  • Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership
  • Hofstra University
  • John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (Wiley)
  • Macmillan Learning
  • North Shore Medical Center
  • NYC Teaching Fellows
  • Peace Corps
  • PLUS Education
  • St. Martin's Press
  • Teach for America
  • U.S. Army
  • Utopiat
  • World Class Language Solutions
  • Worldlink Ventures, Inc.

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

  • Adelphi University
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • College of William and Mary
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • CUNY Hunter College
  • CUNY Queens College
  • Hofstra University
  • Lehman College
  • Long Island University
  • Pace University
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • SUNY Farmingdale State College
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Colorado, Denver
  • Wayne State University
  • Yeshiva University

Among Romance Language Majors (French, Italian, Spanish):

100% are employed, grad school or both
100% accept a position within six months
$40K median salary*

Among Comparative Language Majors (Chinese, German, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Russian):

91% are employed, grad school or both
99% accept a position within six months
$49K median salary*

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.

*Represents median salary for the first year following graduation

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:

  • Aequora - The Paideia Institute
  • Area Health Education Center
  • Central American Refugee Center
  • CITYarts, Inc.
  • Congressman Peter King
  • Donadio and Olson Literary Agency
  • Innocence Project
  • Language Learning Center
  • Macmillan Learning
  • Messenger Post Media
  • Nassau County District Court
  • National Italian American Organization
  • NY State Assembly
  • Northwell Health
  • Rockville Centre School District
  • Roosevelt School District
  • South Shore Bank
  • Web Media 151
  • Westbury School District

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).


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