International Letters and Cultures (BA)

The BA in international letters and cultures is a degree program grounded in the advanced study of at least one foreign language. It is more transcultural and transdisciplinary than a traditional languages and literatures degree program and is designed to encourage students to explore and challenge the traditional boundaries of cultures, texts and disciplines.

Students work closely with faculty and advisors to choose a program that combines study and research in a minimum of two cultures or disciplines, or in both.

Students must meet with an advisor in the School of International Letters and Cultures to discuss this degree option. It is not recommended for first-year students.

Degree Offered

International Letters and Cultures (BA)
Liberal Arts and Sciences, The College of

Location
Tempe

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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
Freshman
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Career Outlook

Knowledge of multiple languages and intercultural competencies enhances any occupation and offer graduates many career opportunities. Language-intensive careers include:

  • foreign correspondent and media professional
  • foreign service officer
  • international banking and finance professional
  • language teacher
  • law and immigration professional
  • multilingual administrative professional
  • NGO professional
  • professor of language, literature and culture
  • translator and interpreter
  • travel professional

Career fields and occupations using languages include:

  • advertising, marketing and communications
  • airline industry
  • film, television and multimedia
  • hospitality industry
  • hotel and resort management
  • international education and study abroad administration
  • international law
  • military
  • publishing
  • technology industries

Additional education and certification may be required for some career paths.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 4.9%$78,840
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education3.8%$62,870
Intelligence Analysts1.1%$86,940
Interpreters and Translators 20%$52,330
Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 5.7%$69,920

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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