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Department ofModern Languages and Literatures

Why Major in a Language?

  • Jamie Staudt, Spanish Major, Class of 2010

    Former Program Coordinator at The Health Trust

    Studying Spanish at Santa Clara University was a huge part of my personal and career development. The curriculum focused on service-learning and social justice, sent me off campus to learn about the issues facing residents in the university?s surrounding communities, while using my Spanish in a practical setting.

  • Whitney Vellequette, French Major, Class of 2011

    Senior Analyst at Accenture

    My experiences studying French, as well as living and working abroad in France, have greatly influenced and supported my professional life. After teaching in Toulouse, I was hired by Accenture as a French-language resource for an ongoing project.

  • Annie De Brock, French Major, Class of 2011

    Digital Media Coordinator at Girl Rising

    Studying French at SCU was a wonderful experience that has opened up many opportunities in my life. As a junior, I studied abroad in Paris, taking classes ranging from French film and theater to politics and literature. After graduating, I was able to take a teaching job at a French high school in Cannes because of my background in French and film.

  • Erin Odell, French Major, Class of 2010

    Customer Marketing at Zendesk

    My language major has supported my professional life significantly. Zendesk was founded by three Danes and we have offices all over the world. As a global company, many of my co-workers have an international background.

  • Janna Goebel, Spanish Major, Class of 2009

    Lecturer in English as a Second Language

    My experience as a Spanish Studies major at Santa Clara University inspired me to pursue a career in teaching English as a Second Language. The Modern Languages professors at SCU emphasize that languages are not simply collections of words, but rather they are tools, which can be used to better understand and empathize with the speakers of those languages

  • Daniel Gherardi, Italian Major, Class of 2014

    Law School Applicant

    Being a student in the Italian department has opened so many doors for my future and has made my experience at SCU the best I could ever have hoped for. The excellent education in the language and culture is certain, but the relationships are rare and just as important.

  • Anne Robichaud, Italian Major, Class of 1970

    I remember the excitement as we gathered to sign up for courses that long-ago September, 1966. As an English major, a foreign language was a requirement but my hesitation on the choice evaporated when I was told by the department chair, ?Our Italian students can study in Rome junior year.? That was it.

  • Erin Anderson, French Major, Class of 2009

    Account Executive at a small creative marketing agency in SF

    Majoring in French (one of two undergrad degrees I received at SCU) helped to open professional and personal doors for me both during and after college.