Bachelor of Science in Global Economics and Modern Languages

In partnership with the School of Modern Languages, the Sam Nunn School offers the Bachelor of Science in International Affairs and Modern Language, with separate concentrations in French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Students in this program receive intensive foreign language training and learn the fundamentals of dealing with foreign cultures and societies. A detailed description of the degree program is found in the School of Modern Languages section of this Catalog.

All degree programs offered by the School of Economics including the BS Degree Global Economics and Modern Languages offer an International Plan Designation (IP). In general the IP designation can be obtained by completing courses in three specified area:

  1. Students are required to complete a general course in Global Economics. ECON 2101 has been approved by the IP committee to fulfill this requirement.
  2. Students are also required to complete a region specific course. Any number of International Affairs course can be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Student are also required to complete are capstone course rounding out the international experience. The IP designation also requires students to become proficient in a language as well as spending at least twenty-six week in a foreign culture enrolled School and/or participating in an internship experience

International Plan

The degree requirements for the Global Economics and Modern Languages (Chinese, French, German, Japanese 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 and Japanese: 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.