To date, we’ve asked 53 current and past foreign languages and literatures students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it above average.

There are thousands of majors available, and it can be overwhelming trying to choose one.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a foreign languages and literatures degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a foreign languages and literatures degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are foreign languages and literatures students compared to other degrees?

Overall, foreign languages and literatures students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.3 out of 5. This is standard compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, foreign languages and literatures students rate their happiness similarly to students in Liberal Arts and Related Studies, Liberal Arts and Humanities and Zoology.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to foreign languages and literatures

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Environmental Science$52,171
Social Work$43,156
Economics$102,489
Romance Language Studies$56,028
Foreign Languages and Literatures$57,395
Liberal Arts and Related Studies$58,978
Liberal Arts and Humanities$58,978
Zoology$57,832
Environmental Studies$58,083
Computer Engineering and Related Studies$99,015

Let's break that down further.

Are foreign languages and literatures students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
3.8 out of 5 stars
54 ratings
5 stars
35%
4 stars
33%
3 stars
17%
2 stars
9%
1 stars
6%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.9 out of 5 stars
54 ratings
5 stars
39%
4 stars
28%
3 stars
20%
2 stars
9%
1 stars
4%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in foreign languages and literatures experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did foreign languages and literatures graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what foreign languages and literatures grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
3.2 out of 5 stars
54 ratings
5 stars
15%
4 stars
30%
3 stars
24%
2 stars
24%
1 stars
7%

These responses represent a wide range of opinions. Things like extracurricular activities, internships and work placements can set you up for success after graduation.

Were foreign languages and literatures students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
3.3 out of 5 stars
53 ratings
5 stars
23%
4 stars
25%
3 stars
28%
2 stars
11%
1 stars
13%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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