The Foreign Language & International Economics Major
Why choose FLIE?
The Foreign Language and International Economics (FLIE) major (a joint, interdisciplinary program based in the Departments of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Hispanic Studies and Economics) combines economics with proficiency in a second language and prepares students for a future in government, international relations, law, research, multinational corporations, and local industries who conduct business internationally. Economists are able to interpret and forecast general economic conditions, estimate trends, analyze data, and use economic theory to help their organization operate more efficiently. Combine those skills with the ability to communicate effectively in another language, and opportunities abound! Our students have gone on to a variety of fields. They are working at the IRS (economist), at Transition Networks (international account manager), Alltech (Asia-Pacific marketing coordinator), the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. (media analyst), CSX (manager of environmental sustainability partnerships) and Bank for International Settlements in Switzerland (economist). They have also pursued advanced degrees at institutions such as the London School for Economics, Columbia University, University of California, New York University and Johns Hopkins.
In the FLIE major, students take a minimum of nine economics courses and a one language core course as well courses in one of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish. Italian is in development. For more information on the tracks, click on the links in the sidebar.
The economic component of the FLIE program will teach you how to view and process world happenings from an economic perspective as you learn how to forecast general economic conditions, estimate trends, analyze data, and use economic theory to help organization operate more efficiently. You will acquire essential skills that allow you to engage in economic analysis for private industry, non-profit organizations and in the public sector for government at all levels. The pairing with a specific language is a crucial enrichment that allows you to seamlessly apply your skills in economics in today’s global economy.
The requirements for the Economics portion of the FLIE major are the same for all language tracks:
Economics Core Requirement
STA 291 Statistical Methods
ECO 201 Principles of Economics I
ECO 202 Principles of Economics II
ECO 391 Economic and Business Statistics
ECO 401 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
ECO 402 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
ECO 300+ Any 300+ level ECO course
Plus two of the following:
ECO 471 International Trade
ECO 472 International Monetary Economics
ECO 473G Economic Development
The requirements for the Language Core of the FLIE major are the same for all language tracks:
MCL/SPA 300 Contact Zones: Cultivating Intercultural Competence
Officers of the Department of Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures are:
- MCLLC Chair -Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- MCLLC Associate Chair - Harald Höbusch (email@example.com)
- MCLLC Director of Undergraduate Studies - Jeff Rogers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- MCLLC Director of Graduate Studies - Linda K. Worley (email@example.com)
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