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.
WHAT YOU'LL STUDY
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..
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.
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.
WHERE OUR RECENT GRADUATES HAVE GONE
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
Purchasing and Supplier Development
Trade Compliance Account Manager
Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services Inc.
RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
Master of International Business
University of South Carolina
Master of Public Health
University of South Carolina School of Law
London School of Economics
Master in Management
Université catholique de Louvain
IÉSEG School of Management, Paris
COMMON CAREER AREAS
- International Business
- Marketing and Sales
- Product Management
- Customer Service
- Finance and Accounting
- Import and Export
- Travel and Tourism
- 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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FIND OUT MORE
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L&IT Program Director