Language Careers

What Can I Do with a Modern Language Degree?

Nebraska Wesleyan’s entire curriculum is about “preparing for global citizenship.” The study of modern languages is certainly an integral part of that preparation, as it introduces students to the complexities of other cultures through the study of another language, including Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

Graduate Studies

A Modern Language degree can prepare students to pursue an International Law degree, as well as become a health care professional, librarian, missionary or other profession requiring mastery of a second language.

Job Opportunities

  • Health or Medical Interpreter and Translator
  • Legal or Judiciary Interpreter and Translator
  • Literary Translator
  • Localization Translator/Writer/Editor (Websites, marketing materials, instruction manuals and other publications)
  • Guide or Escort Interpreter
  • Conference Interpreter
  • ESL (English as a Second Language) Teacher
  • Language Teacher
  • Self-enrichment Teacher
  • Corporate Training and Language Consultant
  • Government Diplomatic Service
  • Intelligence Officer
  • Legislative Assistant
  • International Sales and Customer Service Representative
  • Bilingual Peace Corps, State Department, Military, U.N. and CIA Positions
  • International Trade Service
  • Foreign Journalist, Correspondent
  • Hotel and Cruise Line Professionals
  • Working Abroad
  • Cultural Attaché
  • Foreign Embassy Staff
  • International Travel Writer
  • Customs/Immigration Officer
  • Missionary
  • Social Worker


Contact or visit us

Modern Languages Department
Catherine Nelson, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Old Main, Room 216
Lincoln, NE 68504
cnelson [at]