Bachelor of Science in Global Economics and Modern Languages

The School of Modern Languages and the School of Economics offer a joint Bachelor of Science degree in Global Economics and Modern Languages, with separate language concentrations in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. The degree will serve the requirements of industry and government agencies with graduates capable of understanding the global, economically interdependent, multilingual, and multicultural environments in which we exist, and who have in-depth knowledge of not just their own cultures, but also the capacity to function effectively in a second culture. Students in this program take the same required core courses as for the Bachelor of Science in Economics, but also receive intensive foreign language training and learn the fundamentals of dealing with foreign cultures and societies. Students must earn twenty-four credit hours of language electives in a single language (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish) and beyond the level of the 2002 course (beyond 2001 for Chinese, Japanese, and Russian). Courses that count toward the major will be approved by advisors.

International Plan

The degree requirements for the Global Economics and Modern Languages (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish)-International Plan are basically the same as for the GEML degree, except that students are required to spend two terms abroad and then achieve Intermediate High (for Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate Low) on the standardized ACTFL testing scale during an oral interview. The costs of the test will be paid for by the School of Modern Languages for each student. The terms abroad may typically consist of one semester of study plus a significant amount of time spent with a research or work project abroad. Students may also opt for a second semester. GEML-IP majors are also strongly encouraged to enroll in the LBAT intensive summer programs offered by the School of Modern Languages.

In addition to gaining advanced global competence, the International Plan designation will set you apart from other applicants with recruiters from top companies and governmental agencies.

Other Required Courses include the following, and these can easily be obtained within the regular required curriculum offerings of ECON and Modern Languages. These requirements can also be met with courses taken abroad, upon consultation with ECON degree advisors.

  1. At least one course focused on international relations historically and theoretically, including topics such as the role of state sovereignty and nationalism and non-state actors in the international system; international conflict, peace, security, intervention, and nation-building; international organizations, law, and ethics; transnational problems of the environment, terrorism, health, and migration; among other issues (see INTA courses).
  2. At least one course that provides a historical and theoretical understanding of the global economy, including topics such as international trade, finance, investment, and production; regional economic integration (such as the EU); economic development and modernization; and questions of natural resource sustainability.
  3. At least one course that provides familiarity with an area of the world or a country that allows them to make systematic comparisons with their own society and culture. This course could come from various disciplinary perspectives, including history, public policy, philosophy, international affairs, literature, economics, management, architecture, among others. Upper division Modern Language courses will count here.
  4. A culminating course, occurring either at the end of or after the international experience that integrates knowledge of the discipline and the international experience in a global context (CHIN/FREN/GRMN/JAPN/RUSS/SPAN 4500).