Bachelor of Science in Global Economics and Modern Languages - Spanish

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
APPH 1040Scientific Foundations of Health2
or APPH 1050 The Science of Physical Activity and Health
Core A - Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
Core B - Institutional Options
MATH 1712Mathematics for Management II4
or MATH 1552 Integral Calculus
CS 1315Introduction to 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 Introduction to Linear Algebra
Core E - Social Sciences
Select one of the following: 3
The United States to 1877
The United States since 1877
American Government in Comparative Perspective
Government of the United States
American Constitutional Issues
Any SS 9
Core F - Courses Related to Major
ECON 2105Principles of Macroeconomics 33
ECON 2106Principles of Microeconomics 33
Statistics Elective 3,53
Engineering/Science/Math Elective 13
Modern Languages 2,36
Major Requirements
ECON 3110Advanced Microeconomic Analysis 33
ECON 3120Advanced Macroeconomic Analysis 33
ECON 3150Economic and Financial Modeling 33
ECON 3161Econometric Analysis 33
ECON 4311Strategic Economics for Global Enterprise 33
or ECON 4350 International Economics
ECON 4910Individual Research in Economics 33
ECON Electives
ECON Electives 36
Non-Major Cluster
Cluster Electives 3,412
Modern Languages
SPAN 4500Advanced Intercultural 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 Spanish 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 SPAN 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:


SPAN 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 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.