Department of Languages & Cultures | Marian University

Department of Languages and Cultures

Expand your career opportunities by studying a foreign language and culture. Not only will you gain the skill to communicate effectively in cross-cultural settings, you'll develop a global perspective that employers value. You'll also gain new awareness and insight about your own culture.

Why choose Marian?

Faculty in the Department of Languages and Cultures have native or near-native competence in a number of languages, including Spanish, German, and French. With small class sizes and engaged faculty, you'll be challenged and encouraged every step of the way.

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What is the employment outlook?

The ability to read, speak, write, and comprehend a second or third language is an excellent way to gain a competitive edge in the employment market.

In fact, a 2017 report titled Not Lost in Translation: The Growing Importance of Foreign Language Skills in the U.S. Job Market finds:

  • Demand for bilingual employees has doubled since 2010, with the biggest growth in “high prestige” jobs like financial managers, editors, and industrial engineers.
  • Employers increasingly desire workers who speak multiple languages, particularly in businesses that require a high level of human interaction, like banking, healthcare, and education.

In comparison, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages estimated that just eight percent of college students studied a second language in 2016, which means graduates with that skill will continue to be in demand. 

Reversing the language gap is increasingly important in a global economy where a huge percentage of the world consumers live outside the United States. Understanding different cultures enables you to truly connect with customers, clients, and other stakeholders. Employees fluent in a foreign language can earn higher salaries, too.

Placement exam

If you've taken Spanish, German, or French in high school, learn more about our placement exam. You may be able to earn as many as 11 credits after taking one class.

Studying healthcare in Chile
Pre-med student builds cultural competencies and awareness.
Watch Htoo's story
Interning at Delta Faucet
Marketing experience gives insight into corporate America.
Watch Dominic's story
Coming home to Indy
Award-winning transfer student is glad she made the switch.
Read Rachel's story

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*Placement rates are gathered from data collected from graduates within six months of graduation.