Modern and Classical Languages

Classics majors generally emerge from the university with the ability to communicate well in writing and speech — skills prized by potential employers and by graduate and professional programs. A classics background is helpful preparation for programs in medicine, pharmacy, law, divinity, archaeology, and modern languages. For students who do not intend to pursue degrees beyond the B.A., the classics major may lead to positions in high school teaching with openings also available in museum, archival, publishing or library work.

In addition to preparing students for teaching or graduate school, the B.A. in French provides a valuable tool for many careers in the fields of publishing and editing, travel and tourism, business and banking, library work, etc. It is an excellent second area of specialization that combines with other disciplines such as history, mathematics, economics, business administration, art, etc.

All levels of teaching in the United States and in German-speaking countries are open to German graduates. The list of non-teaching positions is expanding and includes business positions, work with service agencies such as tourism and banking, and a variety of government jobs. We recommend German as a minor or double major in combination with majors in biology, chemistry, mathematics, history, theatre, art and business.

The B.A. program in Spanish, in addition to preparing students for teaching or graduate school, gives students a useful and valuable tool for a large number of careers, especially for those in which contact with Spanish-speaking peoples is likely, such as in education, public and social services, health services, law, recreation programs, the tourist industry, business and banking, government, library work, publishing, etc. As a result, it is an excellent second area of specialization that combines well with many other disciplines; a growing number of students have chosen to major both in Spanish and another area (i.e., history, sociology, business administration, child development, political science, etc.).


A religious studies minor complements any career choice. It is almost impossible to name a field that does not have a great need for people informed about diverse backgrounds and cultures of those with whom they interact. For example, think of how significant it is to fields such as teaching, nursing, legal studies, business, or the arts to understand and interrelate thoughtfully with people. Because fields such as these seek professionals with not only subject matter knowledge and skills, but also a set of lived values, a minor in religious studies will significantly enhance any career.

Department Information

Languages, Literatures and Cultures
113 Colman Library
5050 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
Fax: 815-394-5171

Sharon Meilahn Bartlett, Ph.D.