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Why Study World Languages and Cultures?

Pursue your career on a global scale. Hone critical thinking and cultural compentency skills to stand out from the competition.

Endless Career Opportunities

Our students don’t just learn to recite foreign phrases or conjugate verbs. They learn how to communicate, adapt to new cultures and interact with different people. In other words, they learn skills that are priceless in today’s global marketplace — and they become productive citizens in their own communities as well as around the world.

Where Our Alumni Work

To give you an idea of where your degree can lead, here’s a short list of where our alumni have worked:

  • Education Abroad Advisor, University of Kentucky
  • ESL Director, Burke County Public Schools
  • Financial Specialist, Wells Fargo
  • Bilingual Patient Account Representative, WakeMed
  • Program Manager, SAS Institute
  • Teacher, Wake County Public School System
  • Analyst, Department of Defense
  • Interpreter, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
  • Police Officer, Raleigh Police Department
  • Development Coordinator, Healing Transitions

Make a Difference

Studying world languages and cultures prepares you to impact the world around you — not just as you begin your career, but also as a student at NC State. Our alumni are leaders in their fields and our students are volunteers and researchers, improving their communities while learning.

A volunteer sits across a desk from two clients.

Go Exploring

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in a culture is to live it. After all, we want students to learn just as much about the human experience as they do about language. How do you accomplish that? By traveling. Discover all the places you can go through our multiple study abroad programs.

Studying abroad is the most effective and dramatic experience by which students can broaden their international viewpoints and attain new perspectives on their own country. As one student put it, “When will you ever again have a chance to become part of another country, even for a short time?”