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2023 Foreign Languages and Literatures Popularity

There are about 10,021 students enrolled in Foreign Languages and Literatures in the USA.

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Foreign languages and literatures is the 143rd most popular degree in America, with 2,228 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #144 Middle School Education and Teaching, and narrowly lost to #142 Public Policy Analysis.

The degree is offered at a total of 206 colleges across the nation, and is the 99th most widely offered degree. It is only offered at 11% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America.

It is also worth noting that a little above five sixths of colleges offering foreign languages and literatures are public making it a very accessible field.

The southeast produces the most foreign languages and literatures graduates, largely led by North Carolina State University at Raleigh, while it’s the Atlantic Coast Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, Virginia ranks highest, with particular help from George Mason University and James Madison University.

All that being said, no individual school produces more foreign languages and literatures graduates than Eastern Arizona College, which graduated 96 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study foreign languages and literatures). More students studied foreign languages and literatures as a percentage of total students at New College of Florida than any other college.

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