Skip navigation

DU Career Services

career planning

Careers for Languages & Literature Majors

What is a languages and literature major?

The University of Denver's program in languages and literature focuses on the study of language, literature and culture in our community at large by means of a state-of-the-art computer facility, internships at Denver-area businesses, and study abroad programs around the globe.

Common careers for languages and literature majors

With a deep understanding of a second language, many languages and literature majors go on to work in the education, government, private, and nonprofit industries. Many professions in the United States and around the world interact daily with people that speak many different languages. A second language will open up new career fields, and it will help you stand out in a competitive global economy.

Common job titles held by these languages and literature majors include:

  • customs officer
  • interpreter
  • social worker
  • border patrol officer
  • professor
  • translator
  • bilingual administrative assistant
  • border patrol officer
  • cultural officer
  • customs officer
  • Defense Language Institute officer
  • FBI agent
  • CIA agent
  • foreign correspondent
  • foreign language instructor
  • foreign service officer
  • international consulting
  • international development officer
  • international journalist
  • interpreter
  • language librarian
  • language teacher
  • law enforcement officer
  • missionary
  • Peace Corps volunteer
  • press officer
  • professor
  • program specialist
  • teacher
  • tour guide
  • translator
  • United Nations officer
  • U.S. information service officer
  • U.S. Department of State officer
  • World Health Organization officer

Professional skills of languages and literature majors:

In addition to the careers listed above, languages and literature majors are well-suited to fields that require the following skills:

  • ability to observe and evaluate
  • strong communication skills
  • appreciation of diversity of thought and experience
  • in-depth understanding of another culture, history and ideas

Is a languages and literature major right for you?

Still unsure if you should major in languages and literature? Schedule a session with a career counselor, attend our "Choosing a Major" workshop, and attend career events where you can network with employers that hire languages and literature majors and alumni who majored in languages and literature. Also, schedule a session with the department chair, where you can explore other possible career paths.