The World is at Your Door

Wondering what you can do with a degree in modern languages? The possibilities are endless. Our solid academic program prepares students for all careers, including business, education, international relations, among many other fields. Our graduates work in small communities and large cities, throughout Kansas and around the country.  Combining your language skills with almost any career will increase your chances at obtaining better job opportunities.

Modern Language Graduates pursue careers such as:

  • International Relations Consultant
  • Foreign Exchange Trader
  • Publishing Specialist
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Proofreader
  • Importer/Exporter
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • International Account Manager
  • International Banking Officer
  • Bilingual customer support


  • Bilingual Educator
  • College Professor


  • National Security Agent
  • Immigration Officer
  • Court Interpreter
  • Cultural Attache
  • Translator/ Interpreter
  • FBI Agent
  • Foreign Diplomat Missionary
  • Foreign Service Officer



  • Cultural events Coordinator
  • Travel Agent
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Escort/Guide




Other fields 
  • Arts
  • Media
  • Entertainment
  • Social Service
  • Communications
  • Scientific
  • Bilingual Educator
  • College Professor





Still not sure what to do with a degree or minor in modern languages? To learn more, visit the Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center’s site or contact the Department of Modern Languages to speak with a faculty advisor.

FHSU Modern Languages graduates - out in the world



Sarah Smith (2004, 2005)
Foreign Service Specialist
Doha, Qatar

FHSU was close to home and I was interested in the ISEP study abroad program that allowed me to go to school in Germany and pay FHSU tuition. I wanted to learn to speak German better and after becoming interested in the Foreign Service I knew that taking courses in the political science department would give me the background necessary to apply with the State Department. The courses that I took at FHSU gave me the ultimate blend of academic and practical skills. Classes within my major were small enough that they felt more like discussions than lectures. I was active in Model UN, Pre-Law Society and International Affairs Society. The writing I did as a student helped prepare me for the lengthy Foreign Service application as well as for the written and oral exam portion at my interview. Courses in comparative politics and American Foreign Policy gave me a better understanding of areas in which I am now working. The friends I made at FHSU, both classmates and professors, have been a huge source of support for me through the years as I’ve been working towards getting into the Foreign Service.

Weston Moody (2007)
English as a Second Language K-12 Teacher
Warrensburg, MO

The people at FHSU went out of their way to make me feel at home. I not only met my wife at FHSU, but also life-long friends. I received athletic and academic scholarships that set me up for almost no school loan debt. I also enjoyed meeting the professors that would be teaching me. At FHSU, I was involved in baseball, football, HALO, Diversity Committee and Spanish Club, and studied abroad in China, Mexico and Ecuador. It helped me learn how a second language is acquired. I can now help my students who are newly arrived immigrant from Mexico and other countries. They feel comfortable knowing that I speak more than one language and that I know how it feels to adapt to a different culture. I can now build my students English abilities with this knowledge. FHSU gave me the opportunity to get involved in a variety of activities, which have prepared me to be an effective educator and seek out different opportunities to be more successful in my career. I am notorious for saying, "think about the amount of people you can communicate with if you know more than the English language.


M. Dolores Marquez (1993)
Human Resource Manager
St. Louis, MO

FHSU was close to home so I could visit my family, but sufficiently far away to start “flapping my wings.” I grew up speaking Spanish and my parents taught me to be politically and civically involved. At FHSU, my growth came not only from academic coursework, but also from meeting people from other cultures, different ethnicities, varied beliefs. I was involved in the International Student Union, HALO and the Exchange program at FHSU. Because Human Resources is all about diplomacy, my bilingual skills and academic experiences helped me land a job in Mexico with a major international company. Going to FHSU was the first time I had been away from home longer than a month; it was the first time I had to pay my own bills; the first time I had to take care of myself - a lot of firsts. The school was small enough for me to do all of these without losing course and I met key people in my life that helped with this transition.

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