Bachelor of Science in Global Economics and Modern Languages - French

In partnership with the School of Modern Languages, the School of Economics offers a Bachelor of Science in Global Economics and Modern Languages with language concentrations in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish. Global Economics and Modern Language graduates are especially attractive to employers with long-term interests outside the United States who demand employees prepared to successfully navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by global, economically interdependent, multilingual, and multicultural environments.  Through a variety of coursework and the opportunity to spend a semester abroad, students have in-depth knowledge not only of their own cultures but also have the capacity to function effectively in a second culture.  Coursework focuses on rigorous training in economics combined with extensive foreign language study. Students are expected to develop advanced communication skills and professional competency in the language of choice through courses and extracurricular opportunities that focus on current issues, classic literature, business applications, and cross-cultural perspectives.

Students pursuing this degree must complete forty-five semester hours of general education requirements, twenty-four semester hours of French, German, or Spanish courses at or above the 3000 level or twenty-four semester hours of Chinese, Japanese, or Russian courses at or above the 2002 level, and twenty-four semester hours of Economics. This degree program provides significant flexibility for students through eleven hours of free electives and six semester hours of non-major cluster electives.

APPH 1040Sci Foundation of Health2
or APPH 1050 Sci of Phys Act & Health
Core A - Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1712Survey of Calculus4
or MATH 1552 Integral Calculus
Core B - Institutional Options
CS 1315Intro Media Computation3
Core C - Humanities
Modern Languages 36
Core D - Science, Math, & Technology
Lab Science4
Lab Science4
MATH 1711Finite Mathematics4
or MATH 1551
MATH 1553
Differential Calculus
and Intro to Linear Algebra
Core E - Social Sciences
Select one of the following: 3
United States to 1877
United States since 1877
American Government
Government of the U.S.
US Constitutional Issues
Any SS 9
Core F - Courses Related to Major
ECON 2105Prin of Macroeconomics 33
ECON 2106Prin of Microeconomics 33
Statistics Elective 3,53
Engineering/Science/Math Elective 13
Modern Languages 2,36
Major Requirements
ECON 3110Adv Microeconomic Analys 33
ECON 3120Advanced Macroeconomics 33
ECON 3150Econ & Finance Modeling 33
ECON 3161Econometric Analysis 33
ECON 4311Global Enterprise 33
or ECON 4350 International Economics
ECON 4910Individual Research 33
ECON Electives
ECON Electives 36
Non-Major Cluster
Cluster Electives 3,412
Modern Languages
FREN 4500Intercultural Seminar 33
Modern Languages 2,39
Free Electives
Free Electives 711
Total Credit Hours122

Note: Non-credit requirement

With the goal of enhanced educational and career prospects and in accordance with the pedagogical objectives of the degree in Global Economics and Modern Languages, all GEML students are required to fulfill an International Experience as part of their graduation requirements. This requirement can met through one of two ways:

  1. Complete a minimum 6-week overseas experience. If this is not a country whose primary language is in the student's language of study, the student must justify and receive prior approval.
  2. Complete a 15-week internship or similar experience of at least 10 hours per week at an international organization such as consulate, CNN International, etc. The internship must be approved in advance.

Any 1000- or 2000-level course with the following prefixes: AE, APPH, BIOL, BMED, CEE, CHBE, CHEM, EAS, ECE, ISYE, MATH, ME, MSE, NRE, PHYS.


Students must complete 21 credit hours of French electives at 2002 level or above. Six credit hours are counted in Humanities, six in Core Area F, and 9 in Modern Languages Requirements.


Minimum grade of C required.


ECON and FREN courses not allowed for cluster electives.


One course from MATH 3215, ISYE 3770 or (MGT 2250 - minimum B)


Six credit hours of Econ Electives must be chosen from one of the following Specialization areas:


FREN courses below 2002 may count toward the free elective courses.

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 or 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
    1. the role of state sovereignty and nationalism and non-state actors in the international system;
    2. international conflict, peace, security, intervention, and nation-building;
    3. international organizations, law, and ethics;
    4. transnational problems of the environment, terrorism, health, and migration;
    5. 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
    1. international trade, finance, investment, and production;
    2. regional economic integration (such as the EU);
    3. economic development and modernization; and
    4. 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 course 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.