For Connor Keane (BA English, Philosophy Minor, History Minor, Game Studies Minor 2018), the interactive storytelling that he learned about through the Game Studies minor is something he hopes to pursue in the future. He adds, "there is definitely professional incentive if you are interested in going into that field, either the academic field or professional game design. But beyond that, we get really focused on the professional applicability of courses for our majors and minors. What it's really about is learning and growing as a person and I think that the courses in the Games Studies minor are just fascinating! I think that if you want to take interesting classes, it's a great minor. You can also get a lot of breadth requirements at the same time!"
A DLLC minor, whether it is in French, Japanese, Ancient Greek and Roman Studies, or Games Studies offers unique possibilities to our students. It not only adds new perspectives, but contributes to students' marketability in a Global Economy. According to Deborah Steinberger, Associate Professor of French, "Since French is an official language in twenty-nine countries, and spoken on all five continents, the French minor appeals not only to students majoring in Political Science and International Relations, but in fact to students in any major hoping to gain a global perspective, or to work or study abroad."
Dr. Mark Miller, Assistant Professor of Japanese, adds regarding all of the language programs: "Language students who major in the sciences or business/finance/economics have a huge advantage in the job market. Large international companies that do global business prefer multi-lingual hires because these young people can travel to and communicate with representatives in other countries."
Nathan Springer understands the value of a German minor for his potential employment after recently beginning his job search as a graduating Finance and Accounting major and Economics and German minor. He notes, "I want to go the Accounting route and, once I graduate, get my CPA and work for an Accounting firm. And when I am looking for larger firms to work with (the "big four") they have huge international presences in cities all over the world. During my interviews with them, they asked me about my German minor and how it ties in to my interests. I also got to ask them about the opportunities I would have to use my German and I discovered that they have exchange programs where you can, for a year, work in one of their international firms and then come back. Once you are employed in their company, you can go anywhere in the world. It is definitely something I want to keep in my back pocket!"
For Anna Wright (Criminal Justice and Psychology Majors, Arabic Minor 2020), her Arabic minor will lead to unique future possibilities, "I knew when I came to UD that my dream job was at the FBI / CIA, so I thought, alright, Arabic!" As a highly sought-out language in government jobs, her minor helps her to stand out among her peers.
Other students, like Jessica Kaganzki, Melissa Meric (Honors BS Exercise Science, Italian Minor 2018), and Riley Thomas (Art Conservation and Anthropology Major, French Minor 2018) know that their language minors will help them to make future connections and expand their possibilities in their fields of speech pathology, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, and Art Conservation.
For Kristen Tauber (Honors Mathematics and Economics Majors, French Minor 2019), her French major, while apparently far afield from her majors in math and economics, will set her apart during job interviews: "Learning a language uses a very different part of my brain and requires a great amount of discipline in general, and I think employers like that."
Christy Arango-Kautz (Public Policy Major, Latin American and Iberian Studies Minor, Political Science Minor, Spanish Minor 2020) even discovered new possibilities with her major after adding a Spanish minor: "I am really interested in Education Policy, particularly in the achievement gap in language learners between racial or socio-economic groups. This is something that I want to investigate further and I realized that my Spanish minor will help me if I want to work in communities where there is a large Hispanic population. I didn't realize that this was going to be what I was going to focus on when I started the minor, but it is interesting how much it will help!"
Melissa Meric offers this final advice to students considering a language minor: "I would say do it! It opens doors. If you know you are interested in the culture, studying it will add to your knowledge and employers will look favorably upon it. They like to see diversity, that you understand different cultures. This is true for any language. If you really like something, go forward at full force!"
Add a DLLC Minor and explore the world! To see a complete list of the "DLLC Minor Possibilities" please visit: https://www.dllc.udel.edu/undergrad-study/academic-programs/minors