Modern Languages

Modern Languages


The Laney College Department of Modern Languages offers courses designed to develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels to students who want to learn a second language.

Courses offered are Chinese, French, Japanese and Spanish.  These are taught by a team of top-rate teachers who highly value knowledge retention and active student participation while acquainting students with the various cultures.

Modern Languages - Hello written in many different languages

A modern language degree can open up a variety of career options, as it equips you with valuable skills such as communication, cultural awareness, critical thinking, and language proficiency. Here are some potential career paths for individuals with a modern language degree:

  1. Translator/Interpreter: Work for organizations, businesses, or government agencies to translate written documents or interpret spoken language.
  2. Language Teacher: Teach your language of expertise at various levels, from primary schools to universities or even as a private tutor.
  3. International Relations Specialist: Work in diplomacy, international organizations, or government agencies, facilitating communication and collaboration between different countries.
  4. Localization Specialist: Assist in adapting products, services, or content for specific markets and cultures, particularly in the fields of software, marketing, or media.
  5. Travel and Tourism Industry: Work as a travel consultant, tour guide, or in other roles that involve cultural and language expertise in the tourism sector.
  6. Content Writer/Editor: Create or edit content for websites, publications, or marketing materials, leveraging your language skills to communicate effectively.
  7. International Business: Work for companies engaged in international trade, helping with communication, negotiation, and understanding cultural nuances.
  8. Human Resources Specialist: Use your language skills in managing diverse workforces, facilitating communication, and handling international recruitment.
  9. Publishing: Work as an editor, literary agent, or in other roles within the publishing industry, promoting literature and cultural exchange.
  10. Public Relations Specialist: Assist companies or organizations in managing their public image, especially in multicultural contexts.
  11. Freelance Writer/Translator: Work independently as a freelance writer, translator, or content creator, offering your services to clients worldwide.
  12. Language Technology Specialist: Combine your language skills with technology by working in areas like natural language processing, machine translation, or language software development.
  13. Cultural Consultant: Provide expertise on cultural nuances and practices to businesses or organizations operating in diverse environments.
  14. Media and Journalism: Pursue a career as a foreign correspondent, reporter, or media analyst, covering international events and stories.
  15. Public Service: Work for government agencies or NGOs in roles that require language and cultural expertise, such as immigration services or refugee assistance.

Remember that the versatility of a modern language degree allows for adaptability and the potential to explore various career paths. Networking, gaining practical experience through internships, and staying updated on industry trends can enhance your prospects in the job market.