Language Specialist

Language specialists are language, culture and communication professionals who possess skills acquired outside their language studies, such as from economics or the social sciences. They understand the importance of language and communication and their multifaceted nature in both society and working life. Language specialists use language in a flexible way as a tool, and examine language use from various angles. They often master multiple languages as well as skills to act in a practical manner in various communicative situations and with different text types.Language specialists work with demanding tasks in the business world involving language, culture and communication in organizations, municipalities and government institutions. They can, for example, become coordinators, designers, reporters, entrepreneurs and language consultants. Language specialists perform demanding communicative tasks in different languages and in various international expert roles (e.g. at the UN, or EU ministries), along with working in multidisciplinary teams. The minor subjects that language experts choose usually play a crucial role in finding their future area of expertise.


Learning outcomes

In this area of specialization, students acquire diverse linguistic and communicative skills. Students also enhance their ability to apply what they have learned to working life and they develop skills for independent and critical thinking as well as for problem solving.

  • As language specialists, students can do the following:Understand the meaning of language, culture and communication, and their multifaceted nature in working life as well as in society
  • Apply multifaceted discourse skills: students see language as social, cultural and societal action, understand the importance of context in language use, master different text types and styles, perceive the meaning of multimodality (e.g. images) in communication and analyse language use critically
  • Communicate professionally in different situations in working life
  • Search for, evaluate and develop information efficiently and apply it in their work
  • Reflect on and question as well as analyse and interpret information
  • Use the skills required in group and project work