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World Languages & Cultures

Juniata offers POEs in French, German, Russian and Spanish/Hispanic cultures. Acquire 33 credits in your target language beyond the 210 level, a minimum of 18 credit hours at the 300 or 400 level and one semester of study (full academic year preferred) in a country or region where the target language is the primary language of instruction. At least one 300-level course must be taken after returning from study abroad. Finally, demonstrate intermediate to high oral proficiency in the target language.

Get Involved:

  • American Society of Interpreters
  • American Translators Association
  • Circle K
  • The Foundation for International Human Relations
  • Model United Nations
  • Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership Honors Society)
  • National Association of Billingual Education
  • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Professional organizations on campus

What Our Alumni Are Saying:

The world languages and cultures department at Juniata gives all of its students an authentic cultural experience. For me, the greatest thing about Juniata’s program is its emphasis on study abroad. The department provides a variety of opportunities to study abroad at various sites around the world, even during summer.

-Emily Martin ’12

Our Recent Graduates in Graduate School

Shiloe Mokay ’08 is pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Wurzburg and teaching a class called Modern Thinkers. Study abroad in Lille, France and The Gambia as well as French classes have most helped her in her current role as a graduate student and instructor.

Our Recent Graduates in the Workforce

Elise Ebert ’10 is employed as an assistant product manager for creative designs at JAKKS Pacific, an international toy company.

Jessica Labella ’09 is currently a translator in Arlington, Va. She translates Russian to English and vice versa.

Brandon Moyer ’11 is currently interning at BASF in Germany. He will remain in Germany after this opportunity to study at Phillips University thanks to a Fulbright Fellowship.

You can read about more outstanding World Languages & Cultures graduates.

What Can You Do With a POE in World Languages & Cultures?

Bachelor’s Degree

[Entry Level]
  • foreign correspondent
  • foreign service officer
  • international banking officer
  • international trade economist
  • marketing assistant

Graduate Degree

[Experience Often Required]
  • foreign social worker
  • interpretet/translator
  • linguist
  • speech pathologist
  • translator

Possible Employers:

  • business & industry
  • colleges & universities
  • import/export organizations
  • international organizations
  • media
  • non-profit organizations
  • public relations firms
  • state & federal government
  • travel & toursim industry

Related Occupations:

  • bilingual educator
  • customs inspector
  • diplomat
  • FBI/CIA agent
  • historian
  • journalist
  • lawyer
  • missionary
  • social worker
  • travel agent

Stay on Target the Next Four Years

Freshman Year

Increase Self-Awareness
  • Identify interests, values and skills by using FOCUS
  • Meet with a Career Counselor and/or take NDSS 100 Career Planning
  • Develop a professional resume and upload it to JuniataJobs.com
  • Attend Juniata Career Day and career workshops throughout the year
  • Test your interests through student organizations, volunteer work and a summer job/internship

Sophomore Year

Explore Relevant Work Experience
  • Research specific careers and related qualifications
  • Become active in student organizations relevant to your POE; consider a leadership position
  • Update your resume on JuniataJobs and attend Juniata Career Day and career workshops
  • Set Social Networking sites to “private” and maintain professional behavior
  • Attend events with Juniata alumni to build your network;create a profile on Juniata Connect
  • Get a job or internship related to your field of interest

Junior Year

Prepare for the Professional World
  • Make employment/graduate school choices
  • Update resume on JuniataJobs and participate in Career Workshops
  • Network at Career Fairs: Juniata Career Day, WestPACS, CPEC
  • Build a professional wardrobe and attend the Etiquette Dinner
  • Simulate a Mock Interview
  • Get an internship related to your field of study

Senior Year

Implement Career Choices
  • Update resume on JuniataJobs and secure quality references
  • Meet with a Career Counselor for your “Senior Meeting”; consider registering for NDSS 205—21st Century Career Search
  • Create a LinkedIn Profile and network with professionals for job leads/grad school information
  • Network at Career Fairs: Juniata Career Day, WestPACS, CPEC
  • Apply to targeted employers/graduate schools: Follow-Up

Notable Internship Sites:

  • African Media Development Initiative (AMDi)
  • Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center
  • Community Preservation and Development Corporation
  • Congressman Shuster
  • Constellation Energy Group
  • Interfaith Worker Justice
  • National Aviary
  • Siena House
  • Yes! Magazine
Acquire on-the-job experience

Career Services Staff

  • Darwin V. Kysor, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
  • Michael J. Pennington,
    MHRM, M.Ed.
    Assistant Director