Modern Languages


Modern Languages is a dynamic department offering instruction in American Sign Language, French, Italian, Spanish, as well as foreign language culture (FLAN) courses which cover the history, language, and cultural practices of various countries around the world. In our courses, students acquire the communicative language skills, cultural competency, and analytical ability needed in order to be successful, active participants in the increasingly globalized and multicultural society in which we live.

Careers in Modern Languages


What can I do with a major or a minor in a modern language?

Learning languages makes you more marketable as a job candidate in almost every field: Language is key to increasing one's understanding of today's world. The internationalization of travel, the arts, media, politics, science and technology, the economic interdependence of the world's nations, and the increasingly multicultural character of American society have created a very real demand for multilingual professionals in nearly every profession.
Knowing a second (or third) language is a real asset in today's marketplace, not only because you might need to use that language to communicate with native speakers in the U.S. or abroad, but also because of the personal, cultural and intellectual skills you develop when you learn a foreign language. In the words of the Wall Street Journal, "successful managers of the future are those who have ... the ability to understand different cultures and different ways of doing business."

Studying languages and interacting with people from other cultures while in college is the way to acquire that ability. For many employers, your ability to communicate in another language may be equally important to the "specialist skills" you will need to work in that field. A language major or minor will add value to any degree and help you stand out in an increasingly competitive job market.

The following are just some of the professions that require or prefer employees with second language skills: 


Foreign Language TeacherSocial WorkerPolice Officer
TranslatorAdvertising AgentManagement/Marketing
Peace CorpsInternational Aid WorkerMuseum Administration
Hotel IndustryLibrarianJournalism/Publishing
Travel AgentTourism IndustryFashion/Design Business
Opera Singer/MusicianAirline IndustryStudy Abroad Programs
Retail SalesMilitary/Foreign ServicePublic Relations

Medical Professions

Non-Profits and NGOs
Restaurant Industry
US Customs/Border PatrolNursingPolitics & Government
International LawCulinary Arts/ChefImmigration Services
Hospital Patient AdvocateLegal Interpretation ServicesExport/Import Shipping


Modern Languages are required in many graduate school programs:

Modern language proficiency is usually required for graduate studies in most Humanities disciplines, including English, History, Philosophy, Art, and, of course, Foreign Languages & Literatures. Acquiring language proficiency at North Idaho College will open doors for you if you decide to pursue graduate studies in the future.