Foreign Languages and Literatures
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Overview
Foreign languages and literatures is a program that focuses on one or more modern foreign languages that is not specific as to the name of the language(s) studied; that is otherwise undifferentiated; or that introduces students to language studies at the basic/elementary level.
Highlights
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($48K) with a Bachelor's Degree: Georgetown University
Career with the highest median salary ($116K) where most workers have a Bachelor's Degree: Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers
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Careers for program graduates
Foreign languages and literatures majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Postsecondary TeachersSpecialized ManagersLawyers, and judges, magistrat...Interpreters and TranslatorsSecondary School TeachersCustomer Service Representativ...Accountants and AuditorsFirst-Line Supervisors of Reta...Education and childcare admini...Software DevelopersSecretaries and Administrative...Management AnalystsSpeech-Language PathologistsTeaching AssistantsFinancial ManagersWholesale and Manufacturing Sa...Project Management SpecialistsRegistered NursesRetail SalespersonsChief executives and legislato...
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Current completions
What level of degree do most graduates achieve, and do they match what your goals?
01K2K3K0-1 Year Certificate2-4 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreeMaster's DegreeResearch Doctorate
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Completions over time
Have completions for linguistics and comparative language and literature changed over time? Increasing completions may mean you'll likely have an easier time finding a school that offers this degree, with the opposite being true as well.
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Number of graduates
01,0002,0003,000200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
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2-4 Year Certificate
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0-1 Year Certificate
Salary and Debt
How are students who recently completed a degree in foreign languages and literatures doing?
Below is the distribution of starting salaries along with accumulated federal and private education loans across schools that offer a degree in the field linguistic, comparative, and related language studies and services, which includes foreign languages and literatures.
Median starting salaries
$29K$0$10K$20K$30K$40KBachelor's
Median cumulative loan amount
$21K$0$10K$20K$30KBachelor's
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How does the median (middle) salary for linguistics and comparative language and literature majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?
$54K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K
Distribution: linguistics and comparative language and literature majors' salaries by education level
What is the salary distribution for graduates with a bachelor's inlinguistics and comparative language and literature by the level of their highest degree (Graduate degrees may not be in the same field as the bachelor’s)
$64K$46K$74K$74K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KBachelor'sMaster'sDoctorateProfessional
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?
Education level of workers with a bachelor's in linguistics and comparative language and literature
Is a bachelor's degree going to be sufficient to make you competative in the job market? We can look at the education level of workers with a bachelors in this degree to see if there is a likely need for a graduate degree. You'll also want to check out the careers section on this page to where they are employed.
This chart shows the level of education of workers with a bachelor's degree in linguistics and comparative language and literature. The worker's graduate degree may have been completed in a different field.
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Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree
About 47% of linguistics and comparative language and literature majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (possibly of a different major). The percentage of linguistics and comparative language and literature majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 76% of other fields.
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Context: Percentage salary boost obtained with a graduate degree
How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We can see the difference in salary of workers with a bachelors in this degree to workers with a bachelor’s AND a graduate degree.
38%61%60%0%20%40%60%80%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional
Careers
Top careers for those with a degree in linguistics and comparative language and literature
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Linguistics and Comparative Language and Literature (which combines 7 programs), though may not be limited to just those with a bachelor’s.
  1. Postsecondary Teachers
  2. Elementary and Middle School School Teachers
  3. Specialized Managers
  4. Lawyers, and judges, magistrates, and similar judicial professionals
  5. Interpreters and Translators
  6. Secondary School Teachers
  7. Customer Service Representatives
  8. Accountants and Auditors
  9. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
  10. Education and childcare administrators
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Careers for linguistics and comparative language and literature majors
Where do linguistics and comparative language and literature majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** in the job title indicates that the Department of Education recommends this job for this program.
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The top ten careers for workers with a bachelor's in linguistics and comparative language and literature
Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by linguistics and comparative language and literature graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work. Expand the careers to explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. *For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!*
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Postsecondary Teache...Elementary and Middl...Specialized ManagersLawyers, and judges,...Interpreters and Tra...Secondary School Tea...Customer Service Rep...Accountants and Audi...First-Line Superviso...Education and childc...All othersThis degreeTop 10 Careers
What careers hire linguistics and comparative language and literature majors as one of their top 10?
To the left of this diagram, see all careers that hire linguistics and comparative language and literature majors as one of their top 10 majors, and on the right, see what proportion of openings for the jobs on the left are filled by linguistics and comparative language and literature majors.
Linguistics and Comparati...All other degreesInterpreters and Translat...All other careersDegreeDegree in top 10 employed
Where can I complete this degree
Explore schools that offer foreign languages and literatures degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
Understanding the columns

The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Careers for linguistics and comparative language and literature majors
linguistics and comparative language and literature is part of a larger collection of programs: Linguistics and Foreign Languages and Literature. Is there a different program that's close to linguistics and comparative language and literature that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.
Gender
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in foreign languages and literatures earned in the last academic year, 71% were women.
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Have completions by gender changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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01K2K3KNumber of graduates200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
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Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
67%33%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Context: Percentage women
This major has a higher percentage of women than 71% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
$53K$61K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity
For linguistics and comparative language and literature graduates, men have a 15% higher median salary than women, This is better than many: 66% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.
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Race/Origin
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all foreign languages and literatures graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 62% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
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Completions over time
Have completions by race/origin changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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01K2K3KNumber of graduates200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
International
Not Reported
Multiracial
American Indian
Asian
Hispanic
Pacific Islander
Black
White
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 41% of other programs.