Language and International Trade (B.A.)


Right now is an exciting time to prepare for a career in the global marketplace, using advanced language skills in the field of international business. Clemson’s language and international trade major combines intensive foreign language study (Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish) with a professional business concentration in one of the following areas: applied international economics, international trade or tourism. Old boundaries are dissolving rapidly, and doing business often means doing business abroad. Students who choose this major want to immerse themselves in another language and another culture. They want to learn how to live, work and succeed in a business environment that’s anything but local.


  • You will spend at least one semester studying abroad.
  • You will have many ways to build proficiency in your chosen language, from the language lab to language clubs to conversing with your host family during study abroad.
  • Intensive tutoring is available through Clemson’s Academic Success Center.
  • The Clemson Language Immersion program helps prepare you for study abroad.
  • In addition to language study, you’ll take business classes related to your area of concentration.


In addition to 120 hours of course work, you will be required to complete an approved study abroad program so you can immerse yourself in the target language and culture you have studied in the classroom. You'll also complete an approved internship with an international company, either here in the U.S. or abroad. For your degree, you will choose to focus on one of our three professional business concentrations.

Applied International Economics Concentration
You’ll study the international marketing of food products — such as prepared foods, beverages and grains — all vital to the world economy. You will also take courses in world resource management and globalization. This concentration is particularly well suited to students considering the Peace Corps or other work experiences in Third World countries.

International Trade Concentration
This concentration area prepares you to enter a career in international sales, marketing, accounting, law, logistics, public relations and government service. Through a series of core, business-related classes in accounting, economics, management and marketing, you will be ready to enter the workforce or continue on to an MBA program, law school, or graduate programs in the social sciences or the humanities..

Tourism Concentration
You will take classes in tourism, consumer behavior, marketing and economics. If you are interested in a career in hospitality, travel, meetings and conventions, study abroad administration or special interest tourism, this track is for you.


Honing your skills in your target language is key to success in this program, and you’ll have lots of options to do so outside the classroom.

 Study abroad and exchange programs are offered in countries around the world, including Argentina, Belgium, China, Ecuador, France and Japan.
 The Language Lab offers additional opportunities to practice and advance your language skills with hands-on approaches to media and technology essential for your studies.
 The annual Language and International Trade Conference brings business executives from international corporations and business leaders to campus for two days of talks, networking and roundtable sessions.


Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.


  • Import Customs Brokerage Agent


  • Supply Chain Planner

    Michelin North America

  • International Trade and Development

    The Walt Disney Company

  • Customs Compliance Analyst


  • Development Account Executive

    Procter & Gamble

  • International Trade Manager

    AFL Fujikura

  • Purchasing and Supplier Development

    Bosch Rexroth

  • Trade Compliance Account Manager

    Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services Inc.


  • Master of International Business

    University of South Carolina

  • Master of Public Health

    Boston University

  • J.D.

    University of South Carolina School of Law

  • MBA

    London School of Economics

  • Master in Management

    Université catholique de Louvain

  • MBA

    IÉSEG School of Management, Paris


    • International Business
    • Management
    • Marketing and Sales
    • Product Management
    • Production
    • Customer Service
    • Purchasing
    • Finance and Accounting
    • Import and Export
    • Transportation
    • Travel and Tourism
    • Nonprofit
    • Study Abroad Administration
    • International Exchange Programs
    • Arts Administration
    • Grant Writing
    • Foreign Missions
    • Charitable Organizations
    • International Relations and Government
    • Translating and Interpreting
    • International Trade Administration
    • International Law
    • Foreign Service

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