University of Vermont

CAS Romance Languages & Linguistics Major

Romance Languages & Linguistics

Alumni with a degree in Romance Languages & Linguistics, including Spanish, French and Italian, pursue a wide variety of careers, both directly and indirectly related to their course of study. This is a representative sample of job titles from recent UVM alumni who majored in Romance Languages & Linguistics.

Job Title

Career Industry

Associate Provost Education Administration
Production & Shipping Manager Manufacturing, Sales, Distribution
Speech Language Pathologist Speech Pathology/Audiology
Interpreter & Translator Communication Services
Art Director Printing and Publishing
Benefits Specialist Social Services
Bibliographer Library Science
Chief Operating Officer Energy Resources, Mining
Teacher Secondary Education
Realtor Real Estate
Staff Assistant Healthcare Administration
Adjustment Counselor Counseling
Border Patrol Agent Law Enforcement
Communications Specialist Consulting
Neuroscience ICU Nurse Nursing
Deputy Ombudsman Non-profit Administration
Attorney Law
Vice President of Sales Marketing

Recent Employers

American Airlines, Inc. New York City Department of Education
American Cancer Society Sallie Mae
Kaiser Permanente Shanghai American School
Fidelity Investments UCLA Medical Center
Smuggler’s North Ski Resort National Geographic Adventure
NBC Telemundo

Transferable Skills

In addition to the specialized material you study in your major, you will also gain useful transferable skills. Remember: it is essential to be able to articulate the skills you have gained.

Examples of transferable skills fostered while majoring in Romance Languages & Linguistics

Critical Thinking Skills

Leadership and Administration Skills

Communication Skills

Understanding and articulating the differences among people who speak foreign lanaguages
Perception of word patterns and structures
Reading for content and structure
Interpreting data and evaluating evidence

Development of reading, writing and speaking skills in a romance langauge
Enhanced ability to communicate in English
Translating ideas and language
Non-judgmental observation
Acute listening
Needs assessment

Development of reading, writing and speaking skills in a Romance Language
Enhanced ability to communicate in English
Translating ideas and language
Ability to speak to groups
Ability to explain difficult and complex concepts simply and clearly
Clean writing and oration

Research and Investigation Skills

Design and Planning Skills

Information Management Skills

Study abroad opportunities in different parts of the world
Working with subjects to collect research
Access to original sources

Project development and follow though
Attention to detail
Precise editing skills

Reading for content and structure
Organizing information
Comparing translations
Comparison of translations and originals
Keeping organized data

Interpersonal Skills

Skills and Assessing Values

Specialized Skills

Opportunities for small-group work and individual attention providing practice in communicative skills in another language
Attention to tone and attitude
Working on a collaborative team to brainstorm and solve problems

Cross-cultural knowledge and needs assessment
Attention to and understanding of cultural diversity
Weighing values
Clarifying the thoughts and ideas of others
Developing cultural appreciation

Translation skills
Understanding language and dialectic changes over time and location
Language proficiency


For more information visit the Department of Romance Languages and Linguistics’ website ( or call the office at (802)-656-3196.

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