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Portuguese & Lusophone World Studies

   The Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies Major is an interdisciplinary degree program which includes courses in Portuguese language and Lusophone literature, culture and history, while taking full advantage of Rutgers-Newark's proximity to the Portuguese-speaking community of the Ironbound, so that students can combine experiential learning with classroom instruction.
    The ability to speak another language fluently can be an asset in today 's global marketplace. Employment opportunities exist for foreign language graduates in many different areas. Government, business, education and the non-profit sector all have entry-level positions for multi-skilled liberal arts graduates, especially those who speak another language, although some positions may require advanced study. With the exception of positions in translating, interpreting or teaching, in most cases at the entry level your language fluency is seen as a secondary skill, an asset. It is not the primary function of your job. Therefore, it is necessary for foreign language students to research career opportunities and develop career goals. You want to be more directed than "something in which I can use my language abilities." Many careers do not require a specific major, but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career plans, it is important to develop your marketability through internships, responsible work experience, good grades and participation in college activities. Study and travel abroad can also enhance the likelihood of attracting an employer's attention.

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   Please click on the tabs below to see a list of sample occupations possible with a Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies degree and a list employers who have hired Rutgers-Newark students with a degree in Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies.

  • Sample Occupations
  • Employers who have Hired R-N Graduates

Sample Occupations

  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Foreign Language Tutor/Teacher
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Library Technician
  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Bilingual Secretary
  • Consultant
  • Court Interpreter
  • Customs/Immigration Officer
  • Editor
  • Escort Interpreter/Guide
  • Flight Attendant
  • Foreign Student Advisor
  • Foreign Language Shorthand Reporter
  • Hotel Employee
  • Immigration Inspector/Agent
  • Intelligence Researcher
  • International Conference Planner
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Peace Corps/VISTA Worker
  • Proofreader
  • Radio/TV Announcer
  • Radio/TV Script Writer
  • Teacher, English/Other Language
  • Teacher, Social Studies
  • Tour Organizer/Guide
  • Translation Service Company Owner
  • Travel Agent

Employers Who Have Hired R-N Graduates

  • Cross-Cultural Solutions
  • NASA
  • State Farm Insurance Companies
  • Gay, Lesbian and Straight Teachers Network
  • State of New York Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Worldwide Television News
  • Catholic Community Services
  • Institute of International Associations
  • People to People International
  • Teaneck Public Schools
  • American Association of Advertising Agencies
  • Global Service Corps.