Careers & Outcomes

What are you going to do with that?

Students elect to major in EALC (and previously, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean) because they are fascinated by the cultures. They are drawn to the challenges of learning a new language. They want to step beyond the usual subjects explored in their high school classes.  Whatever their reasons, students will find that a major in EALC opens doors to diverse and exciting pathways.

The majority of our students remain in the United States after graduation and find employment in the business sector, education, government, IT, and more. Many use the skills that they have mastered to go onto further education in business, law, the humanities, and medicine. All will affirm that their major in EALC helped prepare them to be global citizens.

The fact of the matter is that not only do our majors teach you about East Asian cultures, they teach you how to think.

Recent scientific research on the brain suggests that learning foreign languages makes students smarter overall. Among the many benefits, it increases mental focus, reading and writing abilities, and even improves mathematical skills. There is a correlation between language learning and students’ ability to hypothesize in science. It is no wonder then, that many employers are impressed by our majors. They appreciate the fortitude and intelligence our students have demonstrated in mastering difficult languages. The languages that we offer—Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, and Korean—are among the five most demanding languages for native English speakers to learn.

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Career Center

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Handshake is a career management system where you can search and apply for jobs, internships, and co-ops, manage your applications, and RSVP for programs and workshops. On Handshake, you can also upload and submit application materials such as resumes, cover letters, and other supporting materials like writing samples and portfolios.

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Browse Resources and Tools

The Career Center has an abundant amount of resources and guides to help you along your journey.

Career Center Resources and Tools

Make an Appointment

Don't be shy - whether you're just starting to think of options or have a specific path in mind, it's easy to meet with a career advisor! The Career Center's online tool lets you schedule an appointment at any time and help find the right advisor to get started.

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What our alumni are up to now

Post-grad employers

AIC Education

Capital One


Delta Air Lines


Foreign Service Institute



JET (Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program)

KOTRA (Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency)

McCaskill for Missouri

Morningstar, Inc.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

National Security Agency

Shearwater International

Teach for America

U.S. Department of Justice



Apollo Medical Optics, Inc.

Bain & Company, Inc.

Capital One

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM)


Gap Inc

Harvard University

Human Intonations

International Institute of St. Louis

JCI (Junior Chamber International)

MathWorks, Inc., The

Morningstar, Inc.

Project Jian Qiao

Public Broadcasting Service

Safe Kids Worldwide

Sage Corps

U.S. Federal Government

Washington University in St. Louis

Wasserman Media Group


Job Titles



Education Consultant

Language Specialist

Marketing Intern

Multi-Disciplined Language Analyst

Morningstar Development Program


Recruitment Sourcing Specialist

Research And Publications Intern


Software Tester



Recent Graduate School Placements

University of California - San Francisco

University of Illinois - Chicago

University of British Columbia

Peking University

Trinity College

Washington University in St. Louis

Keep in Touch

Are you a prospective student interested in learning more about careers? Or an EALC graduate with news to share? We want to hear from you! 

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