Why study languages?

There is an important need for people to speak languages other than English—and there are major opportunities for them, too.

A second language is becoming a vital part of the basic preparation for an increasing number of careers, especially law enforcement, (pre-)health, education, hospitality, business, social services, public policy and marketing. What’s more, fluency in - or even familiarity with - a foreign language can improve your chances for promotion or an assignment abroad. And, of course, speaking another language can make you a better-prepared traveler.

Still need convincing?

  • A 2014 article by Northwest Public Radio demonstrates the demand for employees in Washington State and across the nation who speak Spanish or have knowledge of the culture.
  • A 2013 research study in India showed that people who regularly used two languages showed fewer signs of dementia four years later than people who used only one language.
  • A recent article in the Huffington Post outlines the benefits of bilingualism - even for adult learners.
  • Bilinguals can make almost twice as much as their counterparts, as graphed in this sourced article by Lifehack.
  • Pre-health majors might be interested in this piece recently published by NPR, describing the dangers of low-quality "interpreting" in the medical profession.
  • Discover 10 reasons anyone should take language and culture classes, and some compelling truths about the need for foreign language speakers among educators and health professionals in Washington State.