Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

We begin with the recognition that cultures do not exist in isolation but are, in some measure, shaped as a reaction or response to other cultures and forces in the world. Thus the study of the interconnectivity of cultures is of paramount import to our major. Our curriculum steers away from the purely instrumental study of language, that is, the idea that language is simply a tool to study other subjects, and instead stresses that language acquisition ought to be conceived in a more integrative way, that language and its cultural products are deeply related, and therefore must be studied together.

In that vein, we recommend that no essential distinction be made between a language itself and the full extent of its culture: these two aspects need to be studied concurrently and constantly.

Because of our belief in integrative competence, we have moved from the more traditional reliance on the study of language leading to the analysis of literature to one encompassing a much broader mandate of cultural and inter-cultural studies, including popular culture. These cultural and inter-cultural studies are by definition inter-disciplinary, and thus reach across many departmental and programmatic boundaries!

Majors: Spanish and ASL/English Interpreting

Job Titles

Advertising CopywriterInternational Trade Specialist
Commercial AttachéInterpreter
Customs OfficerLinguist
DiplomatLiteracy Programs Coordinator
Editorial AssistantLiterary Critic
FBI AgentManagement Trainee
Foreign Language TeacherMarket Research Analyst
Foreign News CorrespondentMissionary
Foreign Service OfficerPeace Corps Worker
Hospital AdministratorPolice Officer
Human Resources AdministratorPublic Health Administrator
Immigration OfficerPublic Opinion Analyst
Immigration OfficerPublic Relations Coordinator
Import/Export AgentRadio/TV Announcer
International BankerSocial Worker
International Student AdvisorTechnical Writer

Positions that may require additional education, training or licensing are indicated by an (*). Job qualifications are based not only on degree program, but on skills and experience. Students should seek out as many experiential opportunities in their fields of interests as possible, including co-op and internships.


This is a limited sample of employers who have posted jobs on NUcareers; please note, that they may not currently have positions posted.
Abbey Road Programs AES World Languages and Cultures Institute
Academic Study Associates (ASA)America SCORES New England
AEON Corporation (Japan)Metlang


This is a sample of the industries that often hire this major.
Academia/Education Government: Local, State, Federal
CommerceNon Profit

Internships and Co-ops

These samples titles can be used to research internship opportunities.

  • Barakat
  • Global Health through Education, Training and Service (GHETS)
  • Language International
  • PeaceFirst
  • Tourism Cares
  • United Planet
  • World Teach

Use NUcareers,,, or other internship sites to search for openings

For more information, please visit the department’s website.

Students enrolled in the College of Professional Studies may click here for co-op and internship information.


Websites for Career Exploration

Career Development Videos

Websites for Job Search

  • Idealist
  • Jobs Abroad
  • Lang Jobs
  • Tesol International Association
  • Transitions

Professional Associations

Find valuable industry information, job sites, and professional networking opportunities.

Campus Organizations & Activities

For additional student organizations click here.  

For additional student involvement opportunities click here.

Social Media

Sample industry specific LinkedIn groups and Twitter handles. Stay on top of industry trends, company information, job listings and networking opportunities. Visit the Social Media and LinkedIn pages for more information on how to leverage your social media network.

LinkedIn Groups