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Why Pursue Language Studies?

Lead with Languages

Language Studies Can Take You Anywhere!

  • “World language skills have increasingly become a differentiator for hiring managers among graduates.” – Huffington Post
  • “Translators and interpreters are expected to be one of the 15 fastest growing occupations in the nation, according to the Department of Labor.” – CNN
  • “Technical skills are not enough any more. More focus is needed on speaking other languages, respect for others, and tolerance for cultural differences.” – PRWeb
  • “A growing number of business schools seem to be taking the view that a degree of fluency in at least one other major language is essential for the next generation of corporate leaders, despite the fact that most of their international programs are now conducted in English.” – BusinessWeek
  • “About 90% of Idaho is considered underserved or rural when it comes to medical care. That gap can be even bigger when it comes to finding Spanish-speaking medical professionals.” – Idaho Statesman
  • “Interpreters and Translators Top Emerging Career in 2017 According to UC San Diego.” – Slator

I Study a World Language Because...

An inspirational video featuring interviews from world language learners at Boise State University. Video created by German minor, Chloe Pampush. 

What Does Studying Another Language Mean to You?

Bilingual Bronco: Patrick Phillips-LaNeve
Bilingual Bronco: Dr. Heather Meyer
Bilingual Bronco: Noah Faude
Bilingual Bronco: Annie Gavica

Want to Double Major In a language?

Learn how Gabby Bates has created her degree plan to double major in Spanish and Accounting and even study abroad!

Why Study Another Language?

Advance Your Career

"Between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. job postings specifically geared toward bilingual candidates more than doubled."

Explore the World!

"Traveling as a speaker of the local language can revolutionize a trip abroad. Learning a second language also opens additional doors to opportunities for studying or working abroad."

Connect & Communicate

"Bilinguals have the unique opportunity to communicate with a wider range of people in their personal and professional lives."

Stimulate Your Brain

"People who speak more than one language have improved memory, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, enhanced concentration, ability to multitask, and better listening skills. "

Develop Cultural Awareness

"Language is the most direct connection to other cultures. Being able to communicate in another language exposes us to and fosters an appreciation for the traditions, religions, arts, and history of the people associated with that language."

Leave Your Comfort Zone

"Learning a language means putting yourself out there and moving out of your comfort zone. The upside is the amazing sense of accomplishment you’ll feel when conversing with someone in their native language."

Lead with Languages

With the changing population of the United States and the growing interdependence of the international community, career opportunities are expanding rapidly for graduates who know a second language.  Second language competency has become highly desirable in teaching, government, social services, diplomacy, law, medicine, mass communications, science, technology, international trade, and marketing.  The programs in World Languages have the latitude and flexibility to fit nearly any career goal.

Boise State World Language Alumni Careers