Language is the primary medium of human culture and expression. It is the fundamental vehicle not only of the routine of daily life but also of our highest intellectual aspirations and achievements. Concordia's Modern Languages undergraduate programs (Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic, Chinese) are designed to give students ample knowledge of the language, spoken and written, as well as a coherent overview of culture, tradition, history and literature. The flexibility within the programs allows our students to concentrate on language, translation, culture and/or literature.
As a student in Modern Languages, you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, some of which are listed below. Your transferrable skills can be applied to many different jobs and situations that go beyond your field of study.
Good grasp of historical events and current affairs
Interest in other cultures and cultural sensitivity
Knowledge of the structure & function of language
Openness and flexibility
Translation and interpretation skills
Understand the thoughts and ideas of people from other times and places and explain these ideas in modern terms with relevant historical context
Communicate ideas clearly by listening carefully and responding effectively
Write technical reports and essay
Explain complex concepts and theories to others
Interact with others and build professional relationships
Manage tasks and meet deadlines
Work under pressure
Influence and persuade
Make decisions and use sound judgement
Give and receive feedback
Lead and follow
Conduct research, analyze and evaluate information to make a good judgement or conclusion
Understand complex problems and identify solutions
Potential work settings
Below are examples of work settings where you can gain experience and develop your skills in your field of study.
Airlines, cruise lines
Community and social services
Culture and heritage centers
Government (federal, provincial and municipal)
Immigration, francisation et intégration Québec
Import and export companies
Public interest groups
Social service organizations
Travel and tourism industry
Career Possibilities – Bachelor degree
Please note that many positions listed below may require related extra-curricular activities, volunteer or work experience.
Explore the types of jobs for each industry and find out about required skills, education level and salary ranges in Canada:
Occupation - Government of Canada Job Bank: Find out about job prospects, wages and skills for specific job titles. You can use the job titles listed in the Career Possibilities – Bachelor degree and Career Possibilities – Beyond the bachelor degree for your search.
To get help with your career exploration and goal setting, book an appointment with a career counsellor. For job search tips on finding the job you want, book an appointment with a career advisor.
To book an appointment with either professional, please call 514-848-2424 ext. 7345
*Only current Concordia students and recent alumni can access this service
Networking and professional associations
Connect with professionals in the field and professional associations to find out what a day in your career of choice looks like. Professional associations websites also provide useful career descriptions and job hunting tips, and sometimes list job openings and potential employers. You can also attend one of our career workshops, career fairs or career panels to get a head start.