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Why Study East Asian Languages and Cultures?

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers B.A. degrees in several languages. The study of language and literature enhances the ability to understand and communicate with people of other nations and cultures, in addition to developing proficiency in reading, writing, and oral expression.
The KU Career Center » notes the following potential occupational areas for students considering careers in foreign languages: 

Business, Commerce, Trade:  uses foreign language skills and cultural knowledge to work with international partners in all aspects of global business, management, banking, and trade

Communications & Media: utilizes foreign language skills and cultural knowledge to work for domestic or international employers in the areas of journalism, broadcasting media, communications, public relations, and advertising

Foreign Relations: works with U.S. government agencies and international non-profit organizations to inform and enhance relations between countries through foreign diplomacy, intelligence, policy, and law

International Development & Human Services: works with US government agencies and non-profit organizations to develop and advocate for economic, political, and social quality-of-life issues on behalf of those living abroad and those immigrating to the U.S.

Research: involves conducting research to inform educational programs, policy development, and other educational or political interests

Teaching/Education Administration: utilizes foreign language skills and cultural knowledge to build educational systems in developing countries, oversee educational exchange programs for students and educators, and teach language skills domestically or abroad

Please consult KU Foreign Languages » and the University Career Center », for additional information.

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