Modern Languages

Communicate globally.

As the globe becomes more interconnected, the need to communicate across languages and cultures becomes more vital. Employees who are fluent in multiple languages play a critical role in almost any global industry, government or aid organization.

Why study modern languages?

  • Open a variety of career options in both domestic and international business.
  • Serve all over the world for government service or nonprofit aid organizations.
  • Expand your worldview by learning to analyze and process ideas from the perspective of other cultures.

Majors and minors.

Union College offers the following degrees as part of the modern foreign languages program in conjunction with Adventist Colleges Abroad.

Modern Foreign Languages—four-year bachelor of arts degree

Second Language Studies—four-year bachelor of arts degree only available as a double major

Union also offers a minor in Modern Foreign Language that can be paired with a major in another program.

Students taking the above degrees can choose an emphasis in the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Russian
  • Portuguese

Your career options

Public relations

Craft media releases and develop social media programs to shape public perception of an organization and to increase awareness of its work and goals.

Job outlook
9% growth (average)

Median pay

Human resource specialist

Recruit, screen, interview, and place workers; handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.

Job outlook
7% growth (average)

Median pay