Bachelor of Science in Global Economics and Modern Languages

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, Korean, 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.

Wellness Requirement
APPH 1040Scientific Foundations of Health2
or APPH 1050 The Science of Physical Activity and Health
or APPH 1060 Flourishing: Strategies for Well-being and Resilience
Institutional Priority
CS 1315Introduction to Media Computation3
or CS 1301 Introduction to Computing
Mathematics and Quantitative Skills
MATH 1712Survey of Calculus4
or MATH 1552 Integral Calculus
Political Science and U.S. History
HIST 2111The United States to 18773
or HIST 2112 The United States since 1877
or INTA 1200 American Government in Comparative Perspective
or POL 1101 Government of the United States
or PUBP 3000 American Constitutional Issues
Arts, Humanities, and Ethics
Modern Languages 2,36
Communicating in Writing
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
Technology, Mathematics, and Sciences
Lab Science4
Lab Science4
MATH 1711Finite Mathematics4
or MATH 1551
MATH 1553
Differential Calculus
and Introduction to Linear Algebra
Social Sciences
Any SS 9
Field of Study
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 3161Econometric Analysis 33
ECON Electives
ECON Electives 3,615
Non-Major Cluster
Cluster Electives 3,412
Modern Languages
CHIN/FREN/GRMN/JAPN/KOR/RUSS/SPAN 4500Advanced Intercultural Seminar 33
Modern Languages 2,3,89
Free Electives
Free Electives 711
Total Credit Hours122

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 selected language concentration (Chinese/French/German/Japanese/Korean/Russian/Spanish) electives at 2002 (or its equivalent), 3000-level and above. Six credit hours are counted in Core IMPACTS Arts, Humanities, & Ethics, six in Field of Study, and 9 in Modern Languages Requirements. Students can only count one selected language concentration (CHIN/FREN/GRMN/JAPN/KOR/RUSS/SPAN) 34XX course toward 3 of the 21 credits of selected language concentration (Chinese/French/German/Japanese/Korean/Russian/Spanish) electives as 34XX courses reflect culture courses taught in English.


Minimum grade of C required.


Non-Major Cluster Electives must be advisor approved.


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


Nine credit hours of Econ Electives must be chosen from one of the following list of Development Economics or International Economics courses: ECON 4311, ECON 4351, ECON 4352, ECON 4355, ECON 4357, ECON 4411, ECON 4415, ECON 4421


CHIN/FREN/GRMN/JAPN/KOR/RUSS/SPAN courses below 2002 may count toward the free elective courses.


Students are strongly encouraged to study, intern, or work abroad in the language of study or to seek out internship or research opportunities with international organizations.

International Plan

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