Your degree in French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies

Skills you’ll develop

While studying various subjects in the Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies, you’ll have the opportunity to learn topics related to French, Hispanic, Italian, Portuguese or Romance Studies. You’ll develop important skills while learning about the languages, literatures, and cultures of different regions around the world.

These skills may include:

  • Critical thinking and analysis of concepts while demonstrating intercultural awareness
  • Problem solving to examine issues relevant to various regions and cultures
  • Language proficiency in French, Spanish, Italian, and/or Portuguese
  • Creating and evaluating translations of original texts
  • Teamwork with diverse groups of people
  • Research, data collection, synthesis, and analysis of large amounts of information
  • Persuasive public speaking and reasoning abilities that are evidence-based and acknowledge the influence different perspectives can have on facts
  • Written and verbal communication skills used to identify and examine contemporary issues in specific geographical regions and cultures

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including government, foreign service, global health, business, translation, non-profit, law, journalism, tourism, education, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Activist
  • Archivist
  • Biographer
  • Charitable organization director
  • Communications specialist
  • Community development worker
  • Community programs director
  • Conservator
  • Copywriter
  • Cultural anthropologist
  • Curator
  • Diplomat
  • Documentarian/Filmmaker
  • Event planner
  • French/Spanish immersion teacher
  • Foreign service officer
  • Genealogist
  • Government official
  • Heritage interpreter
  • Historian
  • Human rights officer
  • Immigration officer
  • International development worker
  • Interpreter
  • Journalist
  • Language instructor
  • Lawyer
  • Library director
  • Lobbyist
  • Media/Information consultant
  • Media relations officer
  • Museum administrator
  • Museum educator
  • News analyst
  • Photojournalist
  • Policy advisor
  • Public relations coordinator
  • Records technician
  • Regional development analyst
  • Research assistant
  • Social policy researcher
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Tourism industry consultant
  • Translator
  • Writer

Make the most of your specialization

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help you understand your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and accessing job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studiesgraduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

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