What will I learn?

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.

The emergence of China in global affairs and the prospect of enormous markets in Chinese-speaking regions have made proficiency in Chinese an important criterion for those seeking to enter both public and private-sector job markets. The ability to effectively interact in the Chinese language and culture has become a must for many future leaders of technology, science, industry, business, government, and nonprofit organizations. The Chinese program at the School of Modern Languages aims to expand students’ visions to better understand, manage, and contribute to today’s increasingly interdependent world.

French is the official language of twenty-nine countries, and is widely spoken in about fifty more, while eighty-four belong to the International Organization of La Francophonie. Today, approximately 300 million people speak French, and it is estimated 700 million people will by 2050. French and French-speaking cultures play a critical role in a number of domains and disciplines, from energy development to engineering or banking services, from history to art and international relations. With a high number of secondary speakers throughout the world, French has been described as the third most useful language for business after English and Chinese, and it is the second most studied language worldwide after English.

Which department am I in?

Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (122 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,370.00 per year
Start date

10 January 2022

Venue

Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

Savant Building, 631 Cherry Street NW, 1st Floor,

ATLANTA,

Georgia,

30332, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants must have International Baccalaureate Diploma.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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