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Other Foreign Language & Literature Major

331 yearly degrees
#290 in popularity
$55,000 median salary

Foreign language, literature and linguistics (other) is a major that typically falls into the Foreign Languages & Linguistics category.

There are 6 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in other foreign language, 42 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 9 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 7 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting an Other Foreign Language Degree?

Foreign language, literature and linguistics (other) is one of the least chosen majors in the country, ranked #244 in popularity. About 200 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the field in 2017. This major is dominated by women with about 68.5% of recent graduates being female.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of other foreign language majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 8.8%
  • Black or African American: 11.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 15.4%
  • White: 52.7%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 4.6%
  • Other Races: 6.5%
Other Foreign Language & Literature Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in other foreign language. About 4.6% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending other foreign language majors to the U.S. are China, Colombia and Mexico.

What Will You Learn as an Other Foreign Language & Literature Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to other foreign language to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Other Foreign Language Majors

A major in other foreign language should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

Important Knowledge Areas for Other Foreign Language & Literature Majors

Skills for Other Foreign Language Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to other foreign language:

Important Skills for Other Foreign Language & Literature Majors

Abilities for Other Foreign Language Majors

A major in other foreign language will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

Important Abilities for other foreign language Majors

What Can You Do With an Other Foreign Language Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with other foreign language:

Careers Related to Other Foreign Language & Literature
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Foreign Language and Literature Professors



Interpreters and Translators



Other Foreign Language & Literature Major Salary

Other foreign language majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $55,000 to $79,000. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for an Other Foreign Language Major  ( 55000 to 79000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Other Foreign Language & Literature Major Jobs

Some careers associated with other foreign language require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much education do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to other foreign language have obtained the following education levels.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Other Foreign Language & Literature
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Other Foreign Language & Literature Programs

There are 42 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in foreign language, literature and linguistics (other), with 0 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Online learners benefit from being able to watch lectures remotely and complete coursework on their schedule, but they also take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to dropout.

Is an Other Foreign Language & Literature Major Worth It?

The median salary for an other foreign language grad is $55,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 42% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $326,600 after 20 years!

foreign language, literature and linguistics (other) salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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