Bachelor of Science in International Affairs and Modern Language - Japanese

In partnership with the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, the School of Modern Languages offers a joint Bachelor of Science in International Affairs and Modern Language (IAML) with separate concentrations in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Students in this program take the same required core courses as for the Bachelor of Science in International Affairs, but also receive intensive foreign language training and learn the fundamentals of dealing with foreign cultures and societies. IAML students learn how to formulate the policy decisions that must be made in an increasingly multlingual and multicultural global forum. Our graduates are prepared for advanced graduate and professional study and are ready for employment in a large arena of globally oriented businesses, government agencies, as well as social service and not-for-profit organizations.

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
JAPN 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 Japanese 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 JAPN 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:


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

Research Option

The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs also participates in the Research Option plan offered by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). The Research Option offers students the opportunity for in-depth research experience working under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Requirements for participation in the Research Option include completing nine hours of undergraduate research, at least six of which are on the same topic, writing a research proposal, taking two 1-hour courses: LMC 4701 Undergraduate Research Proposal Writing (typically taken during the first or second semester of research) and LMC 4702 Undergraduate Research Thesis Writing (taken during the term in which the thesis is written), and completing the thesis. Students are also required to send a weekly update of progress of research to the faculty mentor. Along with their application, students must explain how the faculty mentor’s research experience will benefit the student’s research.

International Plan

The degree requirements for the International Affairs and Modern Language (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish) - International Plan (IAML - IP) are basically the same as for the IAML degree, except that students are required to spend two terms abroad and then achieve Intermediate High (for Chinese, Japanese, 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 must total a minimum of twenty-six weeks; typically these consist of one semester of study plus a significant amount of time spent with a research or work project abroad. Only one summer semester abroad will count in this total. IAML-IP majors are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Language for Business and Technology (LBAT) intensive summer programs offered by the School of Modern Languages.

In addition to gaining advanced global competence, the International Plan designation will set IAML majors apart from other applicants with recruiters from top companies and governmental agencies. Other required courses include the following, which can easily be obtained within the regular required curriculum offerings of INTA and Modern Languages (these requirements can also be met with courses taken abroad, upon consultation with IAML degree advisors):

Required Courses
INTA 1110Intro to Int'l Relations 13
INTA 3301Int'l Political Econ 23
Select one of the following: 33
Comparative Politics
INTA approved elective or upper-division Modern Language course
INTA 4500INTA Pro-Seminar 43
CHIN/FREN/GRMN/JAPN/RUSS/SPAN 4500Intercultural Seminar 43
Total Credit Hours15

INTA 1110 focuses 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; and transnational problems of the environment, terrorism, health, and migration; among other issues.


INTA 3301 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.


INTA 3203 or approved INTA elective or upper-division Modern Language courses provide familiarity with an area of the world or a country that allows them to make systematic comparisons with their own society and culture.


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.


BS in International Affairs and Modern Languages/MS in International Affairs

Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher in IAC courses are eligible to apply for the program after completion of 30 semester credit hours at Georgia Tech, but before the completion of 75 semester credit hours, including transfer and advanced placement credits. Students who have more than 75 credit hours will be considered for the program on a case-by-case basis. Depending on demand, the required minimum GPA may be higher. Admissions decisions will be based on GPA and judgments of the Graduate Committee and faculty who have served as advisors or instructors. Continuation in the program will require the student to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher in IAC courses. The program will not penalize students who opt out after the bachelor’s degree.

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