Strategic Languages: Chinese and Japanese

Asian Languages are classified by the U.S. State Department as important for national security.  They are also in increasing demand on the global marketplace and in the United States.  We have one of the best Chinese and Japanese language programs in the United States.  And we offer courses in Korean, Vietnamese, and Khmer.   

“Chronicle of Higher Education” (December 20, 2012)

In Abrupt Reversal, Foreign-Language Jobs Will Exceed English Positions, MLA Predicts

By Audrey Williams June

For the first time in almost 20 years, there are likely to be more full-time jobs in 2012-13 for foreign-language scholars than for people with Ph.D.’s in English, according to the Modern Language Association….

The update projects that the number of academic jobs in foreign languages in 2012-13 will rise to 1,246, up 10.5 percent from the year before.

The association says the expected growth in foreign-language jobs suggests that colleges “recognize the importance of multilingualism in students’ education.” Despite the growth in foreign-language listings, the number of jobs has still shrunk by about one-fourth from a peak in 2007-8 of 1,680. That shortfall can be explained by colleges’ shuttering or consolidating foreign-language programs in the wake of recession-related budget cuts. Meanwhile, English jobs are 34.8 percent below a 2007-8 peak of 1,826….

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