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    Are you in love with a foreign language? Does the idea of traveling to another country and learning about its history and customs really get your blood pumping? Do you believe the best way to understand your own culture is to fully immerse yourself in another? A Foreign Language major is exactly what you need.

    FL majors study in-depth a language of their choosing. They study the linguistics, written and oral history of a language, as well as the literature written in that language. But FL majors do much more than simply read and write. FL majors almost always spend considerable time—sometimes two years or more—in a country that natively speaks the language they are studying. FL majors become experts in the history and culture that gave birth to the language they study.

    Important classes in high school include foreign language study, as well as AP English, American and world history, current world problems, and the humanities. Especially useful will be advanced foreign language study. If it is possible to study a language all four years at your school, you will be well ahead when you reach college.

    FL majors find work in a large variety of fields. Many work in academia as teachers. However, there is a great demand for workers who can speak multiple languages, and thus FL majors are sought in nearly every level and field of business, as well as in government, non-profit work, and as translators and interpreters.

    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

      Massachusetts Institute of Technology Save

      77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
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      Something of a fantasy camp for world's top geeks, where elaborate practical jokes known as "hacks" are an art form, MIT sits proudly on the Cambridge side of the Charles River. Tour guides explain how many Smoots it takes to ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Stanford University

      Stanford University Save

      Stanford, CA 94305
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      Younger than the Ivies and sunnier, too, Stanford has become the nation's most selective institution by providing a world-class education to those dreaming of Silicon Valley riches, as well as those with Olympic medals on their minds. In fact, given ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University
    • Duke University

      Duke University Save

      103 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
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      Duke is to the East Coast what Stanford is to the West: an elite academic institution that somehow also competes at the highest level in athletics. Stanford certainly has the edge in Olympic athletes, but Duke has Coach K, a ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Hamilton College

      Hamilton College Save

      198 College Hill Rd, Clinton, NY 13323
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      High on a hill in upstate New York, and thus not technically in New England, Hamilton is nevertheless a charter member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference. It is named for Alexander Hamilton, who lent his name to ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

      University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Save

      153 A Country Club Road, Campus Box 2200, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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      With a beautiful campus in a lovely college town, UNC Chapel Hill may be forgiven—by all but Duke and Virginia fans—for the rhetorical question, "If God isn't a Tarheel fan, why did He make the sky Carolina blue?" The alma ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • New York University

      New York University Save

      70 Washington Sq South, New York, NY 10012
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      With Washington Square Park at the foot of Fifth Avenue for its Quad, NYU is of the city, rather than simply in it. As the various schools of business, education, performing arts and other disciplines were apparently not enough, NYU ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Scripps College

      Scripps College Save

      1030 North Columbia Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
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      "Scripps College is the women's college in the Claremont Colleges cluster (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps). Overall, 2500 courses are available to students here, and nearly all classes are "very small." Professors are accessible and receive high ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Trinity College

      Trinity College Save

      300 Summit St, Hartford, CT 06106
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      Set on a traditional collegiate gothic campus on high ground in the gritty capital city of Hartford, Connecticut, Trinity has a preppy-jock ethos furthered by strong academics, excellent athletics, and traditional Greek life. When you visit the admissions office, you ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus

      Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus Save

      225 North Ave, Atlanta, GA 30332
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      Located in the heart of metropolitan Atlanta and visible from the interstate that runs north-south through the city, Georgia Tech is a demanding institution that rewards hard work. As one graduate put it, "I didn't always like it when I ... learn more

      Research University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Occidental College

      Occidental College Save

      1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
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      Occidental College's undergraduate program requires students to complete a demanding liberal arts core curriculum that includes healthy doses of world culture, math, science, humanities, and a foreign language, in addition to passing a comprehensive examination in a chosen field. learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Union College

      Union College Save

      807 Union St, Schenectady, NY 12308
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      Union College provides rigorous liberal arts, science and engineering programs that cater to the individual paths of over 2000 undergraduate students. The campus, which is located about three hours from New York City in Schenectady, is the nation's first to ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Kenyon College

      Kenyon College Save

      Kenyon College, Gambier, OH 43022
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      "The "Kenyon experience" provides an "environment where people really care that students are learning." The liberal arts-filled academic environment is "competitive" and "rigorous," but in a "lighthearted, self-motivated" kind of way, and the "hard-working, fun-loving insomniacs" here seem to really ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees

    Facts About Colleges with Foreign Languages and Literatures Majors

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