Using Your Degree

This page will help you understand the ways your Foreign Languages degree has helped you to become career-ready. Read more about the skills you have developed studying Foreign Languages, and develop the confidence to talk to others about what you know you can do because of your studies.

How your CHSS degree prepares you for a career of your choice

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at George Mason University is the home of the University’s liberal education curriculum. This curriculum focuses on students’ intellectual and personal development, providing them with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) and subject matter expertise through in-depth study in a specific area of interest.

Employers agree that those who succeed academically within their field, but also possess a broad knowledge base in other areas, are more desirable employees. The education CHSS provides for all students, helps them develop necessary transferable skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.

A CHSS education is essential for Mason students’ success in a global economy, preparing them to navigate complexity, diversity, and change. Students develop a sense of social responsibility and for informed citizenship.  

Adapted from “What Is a Liberal Education?” Association of American Colleges & Universities.

Foreign Languages majors know...

  • intermediate-high to advanced-high levels of proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking the language studied
  • an appreciation for linguistic diversity
  • familiarity with the history of the cultures and languages they have studied, as well as variations within the language system and the impact of historical events, such as globalization or technology, on the language studied
  • the literature, cultural production, and perspectives of the target languages they have studied and develop the skills to communicate this knowledge in the language effectively

Foreign Languages majors can...

  • read, write, and converse with professional proficiency in the language studied
  • identify and resolve conflicts related to the meanings of words, concepts, practices, or behaviors.
  • analyze information and evaluate results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • think critically and problem-solve in the language studied by analyzing different types of texts and generating content in the language